Registering for affordable French classes at the Commission scolaire de Montréal
Aug 30, 2018
Are you a Canadian citizen living in Montreal, interested in taking French classes? The most affordable option is probably the classes offered by the Commission scolaire de Montréal (Montreal School Board). The cost is about $50 for registration and the first semester, and less for subsequent semesters. Since information about the courses offered is only available in French on each centre's website, I've created this page to give a quick overview of what's offered. (If you're looking to learn French you probably would find navigating French websites about classes difficult!)
The Commission scolaire de Montréal (Montreal School Board) offers eight levels of 'Francisation' (French program for adults who are literate in another language), typically either:
- 30 hr/week, Monday – Friday, 8h30 – 16h00
- 20 hr/week, Monday – Friday, 8h15 – 12h40
- 16 hr/week, Monday – Thursday, 17h45 – 22h10
There are also conversation groups and exam preparation classes available (example: courses available at Centre Pauline-Julien). Occasionally other classes are offered, at other hours (e.g. Francisation for the first level three nights a week).
Courses are offered at one of several centres (links are to their hours for Francisation):
- Centre Pauline-Julien: 6830 chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges (close to the Université de Montréal)
- Centre Saint-Louis: 4285 rue Drolet (East side of downtown)
- Centre Lartigue: 2217 avenue Papineau (East side of downtown)
- Centre William-Hingston: 419 rue Saint-Roch (North of Mont Royal)
Sessions start every eight weeks, e.g. Sept 4, Oct 30, Jan 8, Mar 5, etc for 2018. Registration opens a couple weeks before classes start. To register, just call the centre you want to attend (phone numbers for all of them) to find either find the date for the next registration night, or to make an appointment for registration (depends on the centre). They're typically able to provide service in English over the phone. When you go in to register, you'll need to bring proof of Canadian citizenship (typically a passport), and proof of a Montreal address (phone or hydro bill, lease, etc). They'll do a quick placement test through an interview and register you for the appropriate level.