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French Language Training Program

The French Language Training Program is accepting applications for part-time French classes beginning the week of January 16, 2017.

Deadline: December 12, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Province has renewed the contract with Collège Acadie Î.-P.-É offering French language courses to government employees. This year’s offering includes courses at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, with the addition of maintenance and grammar courses for bilingual employees.

The training is available to classified and casual civil service employees, including employees of the health sector. Classes are generally held one night per week for a total of 11 weeks per semester in Charlottetown and Summerside. Other locations such as Montague and Deblois are possible where minimum registration requirements are met. 







The basic program continues to be À vous, offering you a theme-based oral communication approach to learning French. For more specific information about program content, consult the Course Objectives heading below.   

FRENCH LANGUAGE TRAINING GUIDELINES: (updated August 2015)

French Language Services (FLS) offers learning opportunities for bilingual and unilingual provincial government employees, including those with a background in French Immersion. FLS coordinates two French language training funding programs, providing our workforce with the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skill base in conversational French to be able to provide excellence in public service in both English and French. 

The primary goal of the program is to maintain and improve the quality of French used to deliver services to the public as required under the French Language Services Act. The secondary goal is to offer development opportunities for provincial government employees wanting to learn French. The Province is working to increase its bilingual capacity to meet the needs of the Francophone population of PEI. Managers are invited to consult the French Language Services Manager for advice in meeting the specific language training needs of their employees. 

Classes are generally held one night per week for a total of 11 weeks per semester in Charlottetown and Summerside. Other classes may be held in Montague and Deblois when minimum registration requirements are met. Supervisor approval is not required for courses offered on employee personal time. 

French language training is open to all active employees. Courses sponsored by the French Language Training Program are free of charge to employees and their departments. This funding is available to classified and casual civil service employees, including employees of the Health PEI.
 
Eligible departments covered under the French Language Training Program are as follows: 

* Justice and Public Safety
* Workforce and Advanced Learning
* Health and Wellness
* Family and Human Services
* Agriculture and Fisheries
* Finance
* Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy
* Communities, Land and Environment
* Economic Development and Tourism
* Executive Council Office
* PEI Public Service Commission
* PEI Liquor Control Commission
* PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation
* Health PEI
* Legislative Assembly
** Education, Early Learning and Culture (except for teachers who are currently teaching or will be teaching within the coming year and school board employees**)

** Teachers may communicate directly with the French Programs Coordinator at 902-438-4859 for departmental funding if they wish to take the French Language Training offered by the Collège Acadie ÎPÉ. 

The French Language Training Government Institution Program sponsors the following agencies, boards and commissions, who are subject to the French Language Services Act. This funding covers 50% of the course cost, requiring 50% to come from their employer (government institution). 

*** Island Waste Management Corporation
*** Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission
*** PEI Human Rights Commission
*** Workers Compensation Board
*** Innovation PEI

 Guidelines and Applicant Responsibilities: 

All applications must be submitted to the French Language Training Fund, PEI Public Service Commission, 105 Rochford Street, Shaw Building, 1 Floor, North Entrance. Any questions regarding the funding programs can be directed to the Fund administrator at PEI Public Service Commission at 902-368-6175. 

If you must withdraw from the course, please notify the Fund administrator immediately at 902-368-6175.
 
Attendance will be confirmed by the Collège Acadie ÎPÉ.  Participants are expected to attend all classes in a session. If more than three classes are missed, the participant will be required to reimburse the program for 50% of the cost of the course ($125).

Applications under the French Language Training Government Institution Program must include an email or a letter confirming funding from their employer.

Employees may also decide to acquire Development and Training Funds (department, excluded and unionized -UPSE civil) to cover the cost of French language training not covered through the French Language Training Program or the French Language Training Government Institution Program, ie. three-month immersion programs etc.  

French Language Training students are encouraged to have a formal assessment of their oral French proficiency prior to beginning their language training and reassessed after attending at least two courses in the program to assess their progress to date. Pease contact French Language Services at 902-368-6175 for an appointment. 

Important: All applications funded by the province must be submitted to this website. 

To register, click Application Form. If you experience any difficulty or need more information, please call 368-6175.

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FOR BILINGUAL EMPLOYEES

Specialized courses such as grammar refresher, writing tools, etc... will be announced on the Bilingual Network Bulletin throughout the year. For advice on specific training needs, contact the French Language Services Coordinator at 368-6175.

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ORAL PROFICIENCY EVALUATIONS

The Province is working to build upon its bilingual capacity to meet the needs of the Francophone population. There are benefits to being listed as a bilingual employee, whether or not you are in a bilingual position. 

Any employee wishing to have a formal assessment of spoken French ability may contact French Language Training at 368-6175 for an appointment. Information about the assessment process and government HR policy regarding bilingual employees is under the heading French Language Proficiency Evaluation Policy on the left. 

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