*Please note that in-person French classes have been suspended in response to COVID-19 restrictions currently in place.

We offer two distance learning opportunities:




The conversational French program offered in the classroom includes four beginner levels, four intermediate levels, advanced courses and upgrading.

It is taught using a communicative method that puts the learners at the center of their learning. A different theme is explored at each level.

These part-time courses are 27.5 hours in length. Evening courses will be scheduled based on the majority group preference.

Fee: $275 (includes the workbook)

Fees must be paid in full at registration. No registration will be processed until payment is received.

Collège de l'Île reserves the right to cancel a class if the minimum number of enrolments is not received. In such cases, a full refund will be given.

A student who withdraws before the first class will receive a full refund, minus administration fees of $20. No refunds will be allowed after the first class.

For more details on the conversational French program, contact the Coordinator at 1-877-854-3010 ext. 246 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To register, click here.

Themes and points studied at the beginner levels

Beginner 1
Theme: Food
Handbook: C'est si bon!

Points studied: Counting to 100; Reciting the alphabet; Using the verbs to have and to be in the present tense; Using a few "er" verbs in the present tense; Naming professions and trades; Using the negative form; Expressing possession; Using partitive articles; Using the expression "il y a"; Introducing oneself and others; Using prepositions; Using personal pronouns; Using the "en" pronoun; Asking questions using "est-ce que", "qu'est-ce que" and "où"; Naming fruits and vegetables and other food; Naming kitchen objects; Talking about family; Using time indicators; Talking about likes and dislikes.

Beginner 2
Theme: Clothing
Handbook: Comme un gant!

Points studied: Talking about the weather; Counting to 1000; Using numerical adjectives and collective numbers; Asking questions with "how much", "when" "where" and "what time"; Telling time; Talking about the days of the week and different moments during the day; Talking about the seasons; Using demonstrative adjectives; Using verbs ending in "er" and "ir" in the present tense; Using irregular verbs at the present tense, such as "to sell", "to have", "to be", "to go", "to do" and "to take"; Using the pronoun "y"; Using the imperative; Using retail vocabulary; Naming clothing; Naming colors; Using adjectives to describe clothing; Talking about likes and dislikes in clothing; Addressing a person; Naming a few sports and leisure activities; Using connecting words; Using the recent past, the continuous present and the near future; Using polite phrases.

Beginner 3
Theme: The house and home
Handbook: Chez soi!

Points studied: Using the past tense; Using reflexive verbs, present and past tenses; Using different ways to ask a question; Using time indicators; Using frequency indicators; Using semi-auxiliary verbs; Using direct and indirect pronouns as well as "en" and "y"; Using many verbs in the present tense; Using the verb to know with "who", "what", "when" and "how"; Using the past participle of many verbs; Naming objects in the home; Describing the home and neighbourhood; Describing the workplace; Describing household tasks and everyday activities using the verb to do; Expressing likes and dislikes in regard to the home and neighbourhood; Relating a story using expressions of time (yesterday, next week, etc.); Asking questions in different ways.

Beginner 4
Theme: Description of people and things
Handbook: Clin d'oeil!

Points studied: Using adjectives and descriptive nouns; Using the future tense of certain verbs; Using expressions to make comparisons; Using the gerund to show the way to do something; Expressing ways of doing things; Using adverbs; Naming clothing and accessories; Naming the parts of the body; Describing someone's physique and personality; Describing objects by colour, shape and size; Comparing people and things; Comparing using the superlative; Using expressions to compare; Using synonyms and antonyms; Using the past tense in the negative form; Using the imperfect tense of certain verbs; Expressing one's opinion; Using connecting words; Using the past tense and the imperfect tense in sequence; Using the possessive pronouns; Using the demonstrative pronouns.