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L’ÉLUL, porte d'entrée des étudiants non francophones à l'Université Laval, qui se classe en tête des écoles d’été au Québec et au Canada.

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Mission and history

Mission of ÉLUL

L’École de langues de l’Université Laval’s primary mandate is to meet the needs of the academic community in regard to practical training in second and foreign languages, and to assess the skills in these areas. It is also called upon to collaborate with various programs at the University in order to upgrade and consolidate competency in the French language.

To fulfill this mandate, ÉLUL offers courses in several languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French foreign language and French mother tongue, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian.

Various forms of classes are offered: in class, intensive, distance learning, and, all of these throughout the entire academic year. In collaboration with the Département de langues, linguistique et traduction, ÉLUL offers a refresher course for French foreign-language teachers and French integration activities for immigrants in collaboration with the Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles. Made-to measure activities can also be organized.

The teaching staff of the school consists of full- and part-time lecturers, and teaching assistants. Teachers are supported by the management team and administrative staff and are supervised in their work by sector heads and pedagogical consultants who are also responsible for advising students over the course of their studies.

Historical Overview

Summer courses in French foreign language (FLE) began in 1937, thereby creating the international reputation of l’École de langues. Gradually, the program expanded and language possibilities diversified. In 1988, a modern languages school, l’École de langues vivantes, was created and several foreign languages were added.

Thanks to the policy for the internationalization of studies adopted in 1997 by Université Laval and the remarkable growth of student mobility, more and more students from all faculties began to attend the school. The determination and dynamism of its staff allowed the school to navigate successfully the transition to digital technologies in the early 2000s.

Renamed l’École de langues de l’Université Laval in 2004, the "gateway to international students on campus" redesigned its FLE programme in 2009; it continues to recruit students from all fields wishing to undertake or to continue learning a foreign language.

The 2012-2013 school year marks the 75th anniversary of the French language program and the 25th anniversary of l’École de Langues. Several activities will highlight this anniversary, notably during ÉLUL’s first participation at the Journées de la culture (29-30 September 2012).