What FSL options are available to international students studying in Canada?
FSL options available in Canada include business French, conversational French, French for academic purposes, French for the workplace, second-language teacher training programs, integrated programs and programs tailored for individual students. Online, on-campus, summer programs, spring break language camps and full-semester programs are further options.
What is the difference between taking an FSL course and an FSL program? Courses are usually taken as part of a wider academic program in an educational institution, such as a secondary school, college, or university semester and have a single focus. Programs are usually made up of several courses and involve immersion or near-immersion study of French. However, the terms are often used interchangeably by certain schools.
How long will I have to study to become proficient in French? How long it takes to gain proficiency in French will vary depending on your current skill level, dedication, personal knack or aptitude and the intensity of your course or program. In many ways, French is a more complex language than English, and becoming proficient in French can take a year or longer.
How do I choose between a language school or the language program at a high school, college or university? What is the difference between these two options? Language schools offer only language instruction, and their curricula will be more focused and intense. Language schools offer programs that assume you are only studying French. High schools, colleges and universities offer FSL courses and programs which are often designed to run parallel to--or prepare you for--your general academic studies.
How many students will there be in an FSL class in Canada? Class sizes can vary, but are usually less than 20 people.
Will my FSL program in Canada help me meet university language standards? A properly accredited FSL program should be able to bring you to the level where you can pass the test your university requires in order to prove French language proficiency. You should double-check any FSL program with your university's requirements to make sure that it meets those standards.
Am I guaranteed to pass the standardized language tests after my FSL course in Canada? No course can guarantee a pass on any test, but an accredited course with qualified teachers combined with dedicated study will help you pass the language test you need.
Are there prerequisites for international students studying FSL in Canada? Prerequisites will depend on what program you apply to. However, there are programs in Canada for every level of FSL, from the newest beginner to much more advanced students.
How are FSL programs in Canada accredited?
There are several independent organizations that oversee the accreditation of FSL schools, programs and courses in Canada. They include Languages Canada, Canadian Language Council/Le Conseil des Langues du Canada (CLC) and the Canadian Association of Private Language Schools (CAPLS). For more details, see our section on Accreditation of FSL Programs in Canada.
What recognition to Canadian FSL programs have world-wide? Accredited FSL programs in Canada are recognized for their excellence world-wide.
What advantages do Canadian FSL programs offer international students? French is one of Canada's two official languages. Canada offers the chance to study and live in French, in a safe, welcoming environment and with the best programs available.
Will there be someone to take care of me if I health problems? Canada has a publicly funded health-care system, which is administered on the provincial level. Some provinces include international students in their Medical Services Plan (MSP), some do not. You should check with the province your school is in. You may also wish to purchase extended health-care insurance from a secondary provider.
How are homestay families chosen? Homestay programs screen families that apply to make sure that they have are the right place for a student to stay. Homestay programs may be independent, or they may be run in affiliation with your school.
If I live at the school, what are the residences or dormitories like? Student residences or dormitories will vary from school to school. You are likely to have a roommate or possibly several suitemates, and you may share a bathroom with either your suitemates or with your floor. There is usually a common-room with television and other facilities. Dormitories will always be kept clean and safe for students. High school dorms have adult supervision.
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