Before courses start, how does École Québec Monde determine my French level?
All students have an interview to assess their language level 1 or 2 weeks before their arrival. The director of studies communicates with them beforehand to organize the meeting. The interview is done by videoconference.
How many levels of instruction are there at École Québec Monde?
There are 6 levels at École Québec Monde, ranging from "Perfect Beginner" (ÉQM 0) to "Advanced" (ÉQM 5).
When should I start taking my courses?
Complete beginner students should register on the dates that correspond to Arrival ÉQM level 0. Students from other levels should register on the dates that correspond to Arrival ÉQM level 1 to 5. The calendar is available ►here. The availability of programs is never subject to student enrollment but do note that if there are less than four students in a groupe/level, École Québec Monde reserves the right to reduce the number of lessons per week. We prefer to respect the results of the placement test to the creation of multi-level classes that would go against our whole way of doing things.
What training do your instructors have?
Each École Québec Monde instructor has a university degree in an area related to French or teaching and has language teaching experience.
After I have registered for a group course, can I add on some private lessons?
Yes, you can, but note that from June to August, our high season, it is possible that there is no more availability. It is always advisable to register for private lessons as soon as possible, especially during the high season.
If I do not know any French at all, can I register for courses?
Yes. Students with no knowledge of French - ÉQM Level 0 - need to consult the calendar ►here to know which dates are reserved for them. Please note that a typical EQM level 1 student knows a few words of French: the alphabet, numbers up to one hundred and some basic vocabulary.
What is the schedule like?
Classes are from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 am and 5:15 pm, as planned by the Director of Studies. The schedule is prepared weekly, once the new students are evaluated. A group class (4 to 8 students) of 4 lessons per day is from 8:30 to 12:30 or from 1:15 pm to 5:15 pm. A 4-lesson class will never be more than 3 times a week in the afternoon.
Can I request to have my classes at a specific time?
In the case where a student expresses particular scheduling preferences, we do our best to answer them but we also need to maintain ideal learning conditions for all students. The director of studies, with the collaboration of the teachers, meticulously considers all the elements before finalizing the schedule. Scheduling preferences may be impossible to answer during high season.
What is involved in a typical course at École Québec Monde?
We put into practice all aspects of language learning with an emphasis on communication and oral comprehension. Group courses generally include the following key elements:
Will I get some sort of certificate at the end of the course?
- Guided exercises for oral expression and listening comprehension
- Vocabulary and structures
- Homework assignment and correction
- Exercises for reading comprehension and written expression
- Communication and oral expression activities
Yes. Students receive a certificate indicating the name of the program and the number of hours completed. Furthermore, students enrolled for 2 weeks and more also receive a qualitative assessment from their teacher. Both documents are signed by the director and the academic director, and by the teacher when applicable. Obtention of the certificate and the qualitative evaluation requires at least 80 percent attendance.