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Choosing to learn French in Toronto, Canada is a great low cost alternative to big name cities where real estate can send your expenses skyrocketing and currency conversions make it hard to stretch your dollar. A true world city since the 1970s, Toronto has poured material resources and intellectual energy into creating a modern, dynamic urban space. While the popular buzz may have given way to that characteristic Canadian humility, those in the know continue to expect great things from this Ontario metropolis-just as you should expect only the best from French language learning in Toronto, Canada.

While Toronto may seem far from France, it's home to an Alliance française center, which means you'll have access to the best French language licenses and certificates available. Stay on track with targeted instructional sessions designed to help you perform your best on one of the life-changing exams offered by Alliance française-all of the exams produce internationally recognized results. Whether you're hoping to impress a North American employer with your linguistic prowess or pursue a degree at a French university, a certificate is a good first step in realizing your goals.

Toronto is home to many of Canada's top universities-so you'll have your choice of accredited institutions. With French being so widely spoken in Canada, the government has made a strong commitment to ensuring that excellent intensive French courses are available in every major city. Toronto is no exception-in addition to degree-awarding institutions, there are dozens of top-notch private French schools in Toronto with highly qualified French instructors. Many students find they thrive in this type of environment-and why not? Long time French teachers know that students at private language schools are more likely to be motivated-they're learning French to get ahead, not to simply fulfill a degree requirement.

These are the steps you need to take before you enroll in an intensive French language course in Toronto: speak with an adviser to make sure the levels offered will meet your needs. To make the best use of your time, consider taking some summer classes. These French courses are often cheaper in Toronto-and with up to six classroom hours a day are a good facsimile of an immersion program. Identify your goals, and tailor your term schedule so that not a semester is wasted. Deciding which French language certificate you want to earn in Canada will help you decide when it's time to review and when it's time to push the envelope. Be sure to have a good understanding of the various certificates before you begin your studies.

The Higher Certificate in French Studies (DHEF) is a highly coveted certification that will definitely establish your bona fides in French. Passing the exam will require a mastery of literary French, which includes verb tenses and even vocabulary plucked straight from old French. Not for the faint of heart, even fluent speakers of everyday French will require instructional sessions focused specifically on grammar to in order to pass. Luckily, Toronto French language schools offer such courses in abundance. While the Alliance française offers test prep for the DHEF, they're not the only game in town-shop around and select a school based on the syllabus, the instructors, and the cost.

This advice holds true for students seeking any type of French language certification. If you're eager to stretch your abilities and earn a degree within the department of a university in France, you'll almost certainly need to pass the Test of Knowledge in the French Language (TCF). A requirement as basic as a student visa for international students in France, it's also a nice feather in the cap for professionals hoping to show off their French chops. You should approach this test seriously, expecting a thorough examination of the four core language abilities. The test spans several hours, so do your best preparation now-so you can pass the first time you take it.

French is still a leading language-both in international business and in third-world development. Supplementing your existing skills with a good knowledge of French can turn an office job into a jet-setting career. The Diplôme d'Études en Langue Française (DELF) and the Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française (DALF) are two exams that can prove you've got what it takes. This testing framework meets internationally recognized standards, including European Union agreements regarding language proficiency evaluations.

The DELF will meet the needs of many students of French hoping to become qualified for jobs within the EU an elsewhere that require French. The DELF offers A1, A2 and B1, B2 levels of certification. These recognized levels can assist you in deciding on a plan of study. If you feel, for instance, that you could pass the B1 exam, you may want to simply review for a term and take the B1. If you want to demonstrate your knowledge of register and literary French, you might consider studying longer and taking the DALF C1 or C2 exams.

Wherever you want your French language courses to take you, Toronto is a great place to begin the journey. The city's lakefront parks, growing music scene, and welcoming attitude to immigrants mean you'll have plenty of ways to blow off steam after class. As a major financial and industrial center, Toronto offers ambitious students the chance to build their network as they complete their education. And with Montreal just half a day's travel by car (or a cheap flight) away, there's always the chance to spend the weekend in a self-made immersion program.

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