The Coopérative d’intégration francophone of Prince Edward Island (CIF) has recently partnered with the Language Learning Centre of the Community College of New Brunswick (CCNB) to increase access to free language courses for immigrants to our province with permanent residency status. CCNB has been designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to offer free French courses to immigrants who are permanent residents or refugees on Prince Edward Island. They are currently accepting enrolment for two of these courses: CLIC and French for Parents.

CLIC (Cours de Langue pour les Immigrants au Canada) teaches French as an additional language to immigrants who are permanent residents or refugees. This free program helps learners to acquire basic French language skills and may allow learners to obtain proof of language proficiency for the application for Canadian citizenship (NCLC 4 orCLB 4). Knowledge of both official languages is strongly encouraged since bilingualism helps newcomers to integrate into Canadian society.

The CLIC course runs from September to June and admission is ongoing. CCNB will administer a language assessment test before the start of the course, as required by IRCC. Once the initial language assessment has been completed byCCNB, students may join the course at any time.  (CLIC is the French equivalent of LINC.)

French for Parents was created for immigrants with permanent residence whose children are attending a French school or are enrolled in a French immersion program. This course will help these parents acquire basic French skills so that they can better accompany their children in the francophone school system or in theirFrench-immersion learning. It could also help parents to network and communicate with members of their child’s school community.

The next French for Parents course will run from April 12 to June 2. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 pm to 8 pm. Registrations are currently being accepted. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all classes will be offered online.

Please contact Jacques Arsenault (jacques@cifipe.ca) for more information or to register participants.