ABOUT THE LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Our Language School offers beginner, intermediate, advanced, and integration courses. At all levels, our program is customized to your current understanding of the language.
Whether you are learning the basics or fine tuning your advanced french speaking skills, our classes are designed to push you beyond what is comfortable. Having taught french for more than 60 years, we know that immersion in a French speaking environment is the best way to learn quickly and effectively. Our teachers take the time to meet your individual needs in the classroom, while trying to make French fun and practical.
Classes are composed of three main elements: grammar, dialogue, and conversation. Grammar rules are applied in dialogue and conversation-in-context and reinforced by exercises, cultural field trips, and home lab work completed at your own pace. We also offer Bible vocabulary classes to equip students for life and ministry in a French evangelical context as most of our students will be going on to the mission field.
Day in the life of a student
What does a day in the life of a language school student hold? While your exact schedule will depend on your level of French and individual needs, here is an example of what typical day would look like:
After chapel, there is a special time for Language students to split into small groups and have a time of prayer and encouragement to share the highs and lows of language learning together.
What I appreciated most about Parole de Vie was the community here. Having the men’s and women’s group times to pray together and encourage each other was a blessing. We were like one big family, with a common goal of learning French for ministry.
The morning classes are divided into two 1.5 hour blocks with one 30 minute break in the middle of class to break it up, while the afternoon classes are comprised of three 50 minute classes with 10 minute breaks in between.
The time with your reading partner is flexible and can look different for each student. Pick a time and place that work for you and make it a fun and impactful time for both of you!
One of the things I appreciate the most about working with one of these students from the Bible School, is just seeing their passion for learning Gods word… They could do so many other things with their lives but they choose to come here for a year to study nothing but scripture… that motivates me!
-Rory (Language School Student)
Seeing Christians, missionaries that live out their lives purely dependent on the Lord, purely on faith… To me, thats how I want to live my life. I don’t know exactly what that will look like, but I know God will provide for me. Their example has had a huge impact on my life.
-Fred (Bible Institute Student)
Home Lab Work
The beautiful city of Sherbrooke has a population of over 160,000 and is located less than an hour from the Vermont border and is halfway between Montreal and Quebec City. The city itself has a lot to offer! Take time to explore the many walking and biking trails, restaurants and cafés, shopping centres, and historic downtown centre, all just a short drive from the campus.
"I always pictured us doing language school in France but we ended up at Parole de Vie, and I have never once wished that we had gone to France. The community has just been amazing for us as a family with young kids!" -Jessica
WHO OUR ALUMNI ARE
A few of the mission agencies that our graduates serve with.