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Studies show that Canadians who speak both French and English earn more on average than their peers who speak one language. French is the third most used language on the Internet and worldwide with over 350 million French speakers and many of them in new markets that are growing in economic importance.1

This certificate provides a wide range of specialized and practical French language courses that can help you improve your communication and translation skills.

Many of our students work in finance, banking, or government, and wish to improve their abilities in French. Some teach French courses and want to improve their business and translation skills. No matter your goals, this certificate can add to your professional qualifications and enhance your career opportunities.

If you are already proficient or fluent in French and wish to increase your business French and translation skills, this is the certificate for you.

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Fluency in French can widen your career opportunities in fields where bilingualism may be required or desired. This certificate can help you improve your French communication and translation skills, which can open many doors for your career.

Who Should Take This Certificate?

This certificate is for individuals who have already completed the Certificate in Proficiency in French or can demonstrate at least an equivalent level of fluency.

It offers a range of specialized and practical courses to improve your French communication and translation skills, adding to your professional qualifications and career opportunities.

What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will be able to do the following:

  • Utilize analytical skills to mitigate financial and political risk when conducting international business transactions
  • How to use French in business transactions and communications
  • Business French vocabulary
  • Important differences between English and French writing protocol
  • English-to-French translation techniques
  • How to express the same concepts naturally in French and English
  • Difficulties of translating French to English
  • Characteristics of expression in French and English
  • Major grammatical structures
  • Differences/parallels between written and oral French
  • Contemporary French culture
  • Evolution of the French language

Certificate Requirements

  • 5 required courses
  • 1 electives*
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

**You may be exempted from completing the elective if your level (as determined by placement assessment) is deemed more advanced. If granted advanced placement, you only need to complete the 5 required courses to fulfill the certificate requirements.


Admission Criteria


If you are an undergraduate student, you should be aware of possible certificate restrictions. Check Curriculum Advising for complete details.

**You must complete our online placement assessment before enrolling in your first course. The results of this placement assessment will help determine which course you should enrol in first.


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1 Source: The Globe and Mail

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