The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

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Marie-Laure Konan

Head of Francization

Merchant-Student Language Pairing is coming to three Montréal boroughs

The pilot project pairing small Merchants in the Côte-des-Neiges borough with students from Université de Montréal, intended to reinforce the usage of French as the language of business, was a huge success! Since it launched in September 2016, the initiative has seen the participation of 30 Merchants who have completed the program and have clearly progressed in their French proficiency.

In October 2017, the Merchant-Student Pairing will be deployed in three boroughs: Côte-des-Neiges, Parc-Extension and Saint-Laurent. This new edition hopes to see the participation of more than 100 Merchants by March 2018. For three months, students specialized in French education from Université de Montréal, Université de Sherbrooke or McGill University will visit participating Merchants in the Saint-Laurent borough for two hours each week to provide free French conversation sessions.

Free practical workshops

These workshops are completely free of charge and based on concrete cases. They are tailored to each Merchant’s situation, making it possible for them to easily put what they learn into practice while maintaining their business's productivity. The objective of the program: at the end of the three months, these Merchants will have improved their knowledge and use of French in their daily lives at work.

Promotional campaign among residents: J’apprends le français – Encouragez-moi!

These businesses’ customers and the residents living in the vicinity can actively support the participants in their learning if they wish. Highly visible posters in the form of speech bubbles displayed on these businesses' doors, inside their establishments and in their surrounding neighbourhoods will read: “J’apprends le français – Encouragez-moi! Parlez-moi lentement, apprenez-moi un nouveau mot” [I’m learning French – Encourage me! Speak slowly, teach me a new word].

Merchants who wish to participate can still register by contacting:

Marie-Laure Konan
Head of Francization
Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
T 514 871-4000, ext. 4085

Merchants’ testimonials

How to learn French as an owner of a very small business

Xin Lee, owner of the Marché bon fruit convenience store in Côte-des-Neiges, and his mentor, Amélia Manolescu, a student at Université de Montréal.

Study business French at your workplace

Franklin Orlanda, an employee at Meuble Cité, is learning from his French mentor, Joana Godran, a student at Université de Montréal.

Overcoming shyness and seizing every opportunity to practice business French

Navid is the owner of Imprimerie Victoria, a business that has been located on Victoria Street for several years. He does not understand French very well and did not speak the language until Geneviève, a student at Université de Montréal, taught him.

Speaking French at work “is good for my business!”

Iqbal is the owner of Voyage National, a travel agency located in Côte-des-Neiges in Montreal. He attends a French class at his workplace as part of the project.

In the News

Ils veulent continuer à apprendre le français
Journal de Montréal, 28 avril 2017

Jumelage linguistique à Côte-des-Neiges
Journal Mé, March 30, 2017

Apprendre le français en travaillant, 27 mars 2017

Des immigrants apprennent le français sur le lieu de travail
Journal de Montréal, 16 janvier 2017

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