5 Ways to Polish Your French for Life in Quebec
With 80% of the market operating in French, it barely needs saying that having a good command of French will make your life a lot easier if you plan to work and live in Quebec. Your language learning need not stop once you leave the classroom, however. Here are five ways to top up your French skills, no matter what level you’ve reached.
1. Practice the basics online
Some of you might have already heard of Duolingo, which offers basic language learning in a game-like format for free.
If you’re looking to supplement what you practice through Duolingo, GradProSkills French Conversation group leader Idir Guermah suggests Languages Online, a platform maintained by the Victoria (Australia) State Government. The website offers interactive exercises and worksheets, as well as translations to English.
2. Improving your listening comprehension online with the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Here is another one of Idir’s suggestions: French learners at an introductory level will be interested in exploring these short audio stories and reading guides prepared by the UQTR. Each story is accompanied by a reading guide, which include the text and questions to guide your listening.
For: Introductory level students
We suggest: If you’re new to Quebec, try the series on the province’s history by clicking on “Histoire du Québec” under Étudiants in the left-hand menu.
3. Find a French-language TV or radio show you like, and listen to it regularly
The BBC’s French language page offers a list of mostly news-related radio and TV shows in French (mostly news-related).
For: Intermediate to advanced learners
We suggest: If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, check out Tout le monde en parle, a French-language current affairs show which airs on Radio-Canada on Sunday evenings.
4. Explore the Montreal outdoors with Plein air interculturel
For the past five years, the Association récréative Milton-Parc has been organizing regular outdoor activities for newcomers to Montreal to promote bilingual exchange and intercultural understanding. Those activities include snowshoeing, skating, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and more.
For: All levels
5. Polish your interview skills in French with our GPLT360 - Entrevue 101 workshop
This workshop will review strategies for approaching interviews in French. Students will then take part in practice interviews. Note that the workshop takes place entirely in French. Check our page for upcoming workshop sessions.
For: Intermediate to advanced level students