Education and Career Prospects

French is spoken in 25 countries around the world by almost 200 million people, and is one of the official languages of our country. Traditionally, it has been the language of diplomacy. Because one-third of our citizens are Francophones, studying French can provide a better awareness of who we are as a nation. It is also valuable within the context of the federal government's language policies, especially for those who want careers in the public service, and is a useful tool for travel and enrichment. In commerce, too, more English Canadians who know French will be required in the future. We believe that learning French is a rewarding experience; it is the key to understanding French-speaking people and their fascinating culture.

Why Study French at UFV

The goal of the language program at UFV is to develop communication. We place considerable emphasis on actually teaching you how to speak the language. If you can demonstrate sufficient proficiency in a language you may receive advanced credit and placement. Our language classes include seminars in oral communication, which are guided by a native speaker. Our class sizes are small, ensuring you get plenty of one-on-one attention and we also have one of the finest multimedia labs in the province. The lab is equipped with the lastest in digital audio systems and computer-aided language-learning software.

Programs Offered

French Major
French Extended Minor
French Minor
Certificate in Extended Studies in Arts: French Minor
Intermediate Proficiency Certificate in French
Advanced Proficiency Certificate in French

Placement Information

For those entering UFV with no French or with Highschool French:
French Placement Flow Chart

For those entering UFV with French Immersion or Native/Near-Native Competency:
French Immersion Flow Chart

Useful Links

Introduction a la linguistique francaise (used for French 330)
Alliance Francaise Vancouver
Office quebecois de la langue francaise - Le grand dictionnaire: terminologique
Foreign Language Assistants in France
Parliament of Canada - Parliamentary Guide Program  
Study in France 
Embassy of Belgium in Ottawa - French as a Second Language
Explore Program: Get university credits while studying in Quebec



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