Welcome

History

Founding

Name change

Our teachers

Our clients

 

ENGLISH AS A
SECOND LANGUAGE

FRENCH AS A
SECOND LANGUAGE

FRENCH FOR FRANCOPHONES

SPANISH

OTHER LANGUAGES

 

Our personalized approach

Levels

Evaluations

Small groups

Scheduling

Progress reports

Satisfation survey

 

Private lessons

Group lessons in the workplace

 

At our Place Ville-Marie Language center

In the workplace

At home

 

Our personalized approach

As our clients say, “It’s easy to organize a course with Grandmaison Language School.”

Our open, flexible approach allows us to put together the perfect course that takes your needs, objectives, schedule, and availability into account.

Based on the goals you set in collaboration with us, we determine the ideal mix of conversation, grammar, writing, and written comprehension.

If you have a presentation to make, an interview to practice for, or a sales pitch you need to work on in another language, we can help.

We offer courses that are truly custom tailored to your needs.

 


Placement

Conversation courses:

We conduct a 15 to 20 minute interview per person.

Writing courses:

New students are asked to do the oral interview and write a two-page, double-spaced text.


Small groups in the workplace

Practice is essential for achieving good results in conversation courses, so we limit class size to a maximum of six people.

 


Schedules and sessions

We suggest two classes (2 to 3 hours) per week on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our teachers are available from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The choice of schedule is entirely up to you.

We are highly flexible and schedule our courses to take participant availability into account. We can also organize more intensive programs if you need accelerated learning.

Progress report

The teacher evaluates students on a subjective basis at the end of the session to assess their progress and determine whether they are ready to move on to the next level.

At the end of each 30 hour session, you receive a personal progress report including a list of the areas where you have improved, your weighted results, and suggestions for future learning.

Satisfaction survey

During your third class, the teacher will hand out a confidential satisfaction survey for students to fill out and return directly to school management, either by fax or by mail.

This helps us make sure that the course meets your expectations and that you are progressing according to your objectives.

 


Levels

SEVEN LEVELS + 3 LEVELS OF UPGRADING

Our method is made up of seven different levels ranging from beginner to advanced. Your starting level and your objectives will be determined at your placement interview. Three levels of upgrading are also offered.

1) BEGINNER I

You know a few phrases or words that you may have learned quite some time ago. Your writing, reading, and comprehension skills are very limited and you make numerous mistakes. You translate word for word from your own language.

2) BEGINNER II

You understand 50% of everyday conversations when spoken to slowly and clearly, but your vocabulary is still quite limited. You know a bit about grammar, spelling, syntax, and pronunciation. You often use a dictionary. You still think in your own language before translating.

3) BEGINNER III

Your syntax is good, but you still make errors. You still have trouble expressing yourself. Although limited, your vocabulary is sufficient for you to understand 60% of everyday conversations when people are speaking normally. You continue to think in your own language before translating.

Minimum level for traveling and asking for what you want.

4) INTERMEDIATE I

You read and write without difficulty despite your errors. Idiomatic expressions are hard for you, but you manage to make yourself understood without too much trouble. You still have problems writing a text. Thanks to your growing vocabulary, you now understand conversations on less common topics. You still have a tendency to think in your own language.

Minimum level for serving customers in a store.

5) INTERMEDIATE II

You read, write, and speak with a certain fluency, but you haven’t mastered the language yet. Your vocabulary is quite extensive, but certain topics still escape you because you lack specific terms. You are starting to think less in your mother tongue and more in the language you are learning.

6) INTERMEDIATE III

You read, write, and speak fluently, but still make errors with strictly idiomatic expressions. Your pronunciation is good. You use a dictionary for technical or less common terms. You still think about 15% of the time in your mother tongue.

Minimum level for a salesperson in Quebec or to serve customers in a professional manner.

7) ADVANCED

You have mastered your new language. Reading, writing, and speaking are no longer a problem. You have stopped thinking in your mother tongue. However, you may still have certain problems with specific aspects of the language, or with unassimilated technical or scientific vocabulary.

8-9-10) EXCELLENT (3 upgrading courses are offered)

You are almost perfectly bilingual. A few minor errors may slip in on occasion, but they are rare. You would feel more comfortable with a broader vocabulary in certain areas. You communicate perfectly. You need to speak English so that you don’t lose what you know.

Level to attain to conduct business or deal with customers in Canada and abroad.