Learn French

  • Schedule
  • Course offerings
  • Course levels
  • Testimonials
  • Register for classes
  • Safety measures for in-person classes

Our French classes are offered in partnership with the Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY) in Whitehorse.


  1. Schedule

    The schedule for the winter 2021 session is now available. The winter session runs from January to April. You can register between December 21, 2020 and January 15, 2021.

    We will deliver all classes on Zoom this winter for the winter 2021 session.

    We may add more courses if there is sufficient demand. Email french.training@gov.yk.ca to register your interest.

    Go to the winter 2021 schedule

    The schedule for the spring 2021 session will be available in April 2021.


  2. Course offerings

    Download our French language training catalogue for more information about all our courses.

    Year-round

    Focus classes

    Focus classes are short online classes about a specific topic or situation. These interactive classes are delivered year-round via Zoom.

    Email french.training@gov.yk.ca to receive the schedule and reminders for upcoming focus classes. If you have registered for a French course in the past year, you will automatically receive the schedule for focus classes.

     

    Winter 2021 session (January to April)

    Regular courses

    Add-on conversation workshops

    If you have registered for regular courses, you can choose to sign up for a series of 10 conversation workshops to further improve your speaking and listening skills.

    Written French for work communication

    This new course is designed for advanced speakers who know French as a first or second language. Whether you wish to strengthen your writing skills or need opportunities to practice writing in French in professional settings, this course is for you.

    • 12-week course.
    • Blended format, alternating between 2 to 4 hours of self-directed online assignments one week, and a 2.5-hour class in person the next.
    • Please note that we may deliver all classes on Zoom this winter due to the rising number of active COVID-19 cases in Yukon. 
    • Go to the winter 2021 schedule.

     

    Spring 2021 session (May to June)

    Intensive courses

    Give your French communication skills a boost with these multi-day, hands-on courses. With lessons taking place both inside and outside the classroom, these courses provide an immersive learning experience.

    • 4-day course.
    • Schedule details for the spring 2021 session will be available in April 2021.

    Let's speak French! workshops

    Would you like to practice French conversation? Develop your listening and speaking skills with these fun and interactive workshops.

    • 1.5-hour workshop each week for 7 weeks.
    • Schedule details for the spring 2021 session will be available in April 2021.

     

    Fall 2021 session (September to December)

    Regular courses

    • 12-week course, 2 hours each week.
    • Some courses in the fall 2020 session will be delivered online.
    • Schedule detals for the fall 2021 session will be available in August 2021.

    Add-on conversation workshops

    If you have registered for regular courses, you can choose to sign up for a series of 10 conversation workshops to further improve your speaking and listening skills.

    • 1.5-hour workshop each week for 10 weeks.
    • Conversation workshops in the fall 2020 session will be delivered online.
    • Schedule detals for the fall 2021 session will be available in August 2021.

    Written French for work communication

    This new course is designed for advanced speakers who know French as a first or second language. Whether you wish to strengthen your writing skills or need opportunities to practice writing in French in professional settings, this course is for you.

    • 12-week course.
    • Blended format, alternating between 2 to 4 hours of self-directed online assignments one week, and a 2.5-hour class in person the next.
    • Schedule detals for the fall 2021 session will be available in August 2021.

  3. Course levels

    Course description by level

    Download our French language training catalogue for detailed course description by level.

    Levels available for focus classes

    Focus classes are offered year-round.

    Each class caters to a specific level. You can sign up for any class that is suited to your level.

    Levels available for regular courses

    Regular courses are offered in the fall and winter sessions.

    • Beginner (1, 2, 3 and 4)
    • Intermediate (1, 2, 3 and 4)
    • Advanced
    • Consolidation

    Levels available for add-on conversation workshops

    Add-on conversation workshops are offered in the fall and winter sessions.

    • Beginner
    • Advanced beginner
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

    Level available for the Written French for work communication course

    This course is offered in the fall and winter sessions.

    • Advanced / consolidation

    Levels available for intensive courses

    Intensive courses are offered in the spring session.

    • Beginner
    • Advanced beginner / intermediate
    • Advanced intermediate / advanced

    Levels available for Let's Speak French! workshops

    Let's speak French! workshops are offered in the spring session.

    • Beginner 
    • Advanced beginner
    • Intermediate
    • Advanced

  4. Testimonials

    I work for the Department of Health and Social Services as a social worker. I use French almost every day to assist francophone clients as they navigate social services.

    I have accessed French training in both group class and individualized training formats. I have found that the support and training I received has increased my fluidity and comfort in French (my clients have even provided positive feedback).

    The instructors are friendly and kind, and deliver the material in a very engaging way.  Even though the pandemic has changed the format, I have found that it is a pleasure to meet with my fellow students on Zoom. French class has become one of the highlights of my week.

    Brenda, Mobile Social Worker, Department of Health and Social Services

     

    I have been taking French classes through the program for YG employees for more than ten years. I started in Débutant 2, worked my way through the levels, and currently am in the last level, where I will probably stay until I retire!

    I work in a workplace where I use my French to reply to emails written by francophones and in person as well. I have had francophone clients tell me how much it means to them to be able to speak French when they come to our office and that makes all my work learning French worth it!

    I highly recommend taking French classes. It’s a great opportunity to brush up on language skills, but it has also really broadened my perspectives. 

    Shannon, Library Technician, Department of Energy, Mines and Resources


  5. Register for classes

    Register as a Government of Yukon employee

    Registration and testing

    You can register for the winter 2021 session between December 21, 2020 and January 15, 2021.

    Registration is on a 1st-come, 1st-served basis.

    1. You will have to take a short placement test before registering. Email french.training@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-667-8297 to book a free over-the-phone placement test.
    2. We will send all the information you need to register (payment details, schedule, etc.) by email.

    Course fees

    Regular classes

    No cost to a Government of Yukon employee or their department.

    Add-on conversation workshops

    $85 (no GST) for 10 workshops.

    Written French for work communication course

    No cost to a Government of Yukon employee or their department.

    Intensive courses

    No cost to a Government of Yukon employee or their department.

    Let's Speak French! workshops

    No cost to a Government of Yukon employee or their department.

    Focus classes

    No cost to a Government of Yukon employee or their department.

    Other information

    Read about attendance requirements, cancellation fees and other information for Government of Yukon employees.

     

    Register as a member of the public

    Registration and testing

    You can register for the winter 2021 session between December 21, 2020 and January 15, 2021.

    Registration is on a 1st-come, 1st-served basis.

    1. You will have to take a placement test before registering. Email french.training@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-667-8297 to book a free over-the-phone placement test.
    2. We will send all the information you need to register (payment details, schedule, etc.) by email.

    Course fees

    Regular courses

    $245 (no GST) for 12 classes.

    Add-on conversation workshops

    $85 (no GST) for 10 workshops.

    Written French for work communication course

    $245 (no GST) for 12 classes.

    Intensive courses

    • Beginner: $200 (no GST).
    • Intermediate and beyond: $260 (no GST).

    Let's Speak French! workshops

    $140 (no GST) for 7 workshops.

    Focus classes

    No cost to members of the public.


  6. Safety measures for in-person classes

    We will implement the following measures to keep everyone safe during in-person classes:

    • Classes are limited to 8 learners.
    • Learners work at separate tables, 2 meters apart.
    • Learners and instructors have to wash or disinfect hands before entering the classroom.
    • Shared surfaces and items are reduced to a minimum and disinfected before and after every class.
    • Movement in the classroom is reduced to a minimum.
    • The kitchen is not accessible to learners.
    • Learners and instructors will not come to class if they or someone in their household is sick.
    • Learners and instructors will not come to class if they or someone in their household has travelled outside of Yukon in the past 14 days.
    • Everyone must wear a mask when entering and leaving the classroom. Masks can be removed when everyone is seated.
    • Should the public health situation change in Yukon, we will deliver all in-person classes on Zoom for the rest of the session.

     


Contact 

If you have questions about French language classes, email french.training@gov.yk.ca or phone 867-667-8297.