École de langues La Cité has been offering language training in both of Canada’s official languages for 40 years. We provide language training to employees of federal and provincial governments, Crown corporations and private companies.

With the dual objective of improving personal skills and obtaining or renewing a language profile assigned by the Public Service Commission, we mainly use the Programme de français langue seconde (PFL2) levels A, B and C for training in French and the Communicative English at Work Program (CEWP) A-B (Interface Canada) and C (Interaction Canada) for training in English.

If your organization has developed its own program, our experienced teachers will adapt to your professional reality. We can also suggest alternative methods to ensure that all your needs are met.

Group Training


Individual Training


Online Training

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Group Training

To maintain a reasonable speaking time for each learner, we create groups of 2 to 10 learners. This training can be offered on a full-time or part-time basis depending on learner availability as well as the objectives defined by the organization and by the learners themselves. Group training can be provided in our offices in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto, in major Canadian cities or on your premises.

Using a placement test system, we create homogeneous groups to maximize your chances of success.

The duration of the training is established according to the starting level as well as the linguistic objective to be reached.

Individual Training

Individual training is tailored to the specific needs of each learner. This can mean a full-time or part-time schedule, with a single teacher or a team of teachers. Supported by a pedagogical advisor, our teachers consider their learners’ workplace needs, their personal needs, their second-language skills, and their learning pace to set up a personalized program to maximize their chances of success.

Individual training can take place in our offices in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, in major Canadian cities or on your premises.

The duration of your training will depend on :

  • your current skills,
  • the time you can allocate to your training,
  • how much risk you are willing to take in order to learn,
  • your ability to practice your second language outside the classroom, and
  • your motivation and commitment to your learning.

We assess all new candidates to determine the best entry point into the program.

Online Training

We offer Individual and Group training online to continue to meet the changing needs of our clients. This allows us to accept training requests from across Canada. We have libraries of virtual resources adapted to the different language teaching programs we use.

Our teams are trained for using online platforms such as Zoom and/or Microsoft Teams and can adapt to other platforms to meet the requirements of each company or department.

Placement Tests

Our placement process is based on the CEWP and PFL2 competency criteria. There are two stages:

  • A speaking placement test in the form of a 10-to-50-minute interactive interview in person, over the phone or by videoconference. This is used to establish an entry point into the program.
  • A written placement test (multiple choice) is administered online to facilitate the process for candidates who can take this test at their convenience.