A general language course usually aims at improving the learners’ overall language skills. This is also the case with our courses. At EC you can chose to study French or to take English Courses in Montreal. EC offers 3 types of programmes so you can choose the one that fits you better. The core programme is the 20 lessons/week programme; the schedule is 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.. The students take a placement test on their first day of school to determine their level. The French placement test has four components: listening, writing, reading and structure. Once a student places at a certain level this is where she/he will spend the next 4 to 6 weeks in that level improving his/her French. Thus, the students get to acquire, practise and improve their speaking, writing, listening and reading. I have started my enumeration with “conversation” because our school teaches the communicative approach; the emphasis is on the spoken word. This is an important aspect to keep in mind: although you will improve all of your language skills, we are very much interested in what you can do /produce with the language that you have acquired.
For those who are interested in a more intensive programme, or for students that are in Montreal for a short period of time and want to maximize their learning experience, we offer the possibility of adding 1 or 2 extra lessons (Monday to Thursday) to the core programme. These lessons are what we call “skilled courses” because they focus on one or two language skills (depending on the level it could be conversation, listening and vocabulary, verb conjugation, etc.).
The levels accommodate students that range from absolute beginners to advanced, so you will definitely find the spot that corresponds to your particular learning needs or objectives.
EC Montreal’s levels are equivalent to the DELF / DALF proficiency exams as well as the European Framework.
Every 4 to 6 weeks, students are given a progress check in class. The results of the progress check determine if and when the student is ready to move up to the next level. At EC, we feel it is unrealistic for all students to move up at the same time. We use a very personalized approach. Each student is unique and has their own learning style and needs. In some cases, EC will customize an individualized study plan for the student so they can progress quicker.
Join our French courses in Montreal with EC and we will help you improve your French skills as well as your confidence!