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Ceilidh Matheson, Major of French,

winner of the French Consulate Prize 2014 says...

... about her trip to Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon


My experience at the Francoforum in beautiful Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon was incredibly enriching. It made a huge difference not only in terms of my linguistic capacity, but also my cultural knowledge. I was very fortunate to have spent a week on the archipelago during summer 2014. Mornings at the Francoforum were focused on written and spoken French. As a student, I did a variety of different workshops, from grammar to French song. Each professor at the institute has a “specialty”, which they teach during said workshops. These professors are absolutely top-notch, and are incredibly knowledgeable of their language and culture. Afternoons with the Francoforum were spent in downtown Saint-Pierre, visiting various museums and culturally rich sites. Intermingled in this cultural enrichment was an amazing opportunity to practice oral French in a place where most of the population does not speak English. 

Another aspect that sets the Francoforum apart from many other language programs is the lodging. Students are paired with a host family, with whom they stay for the duration of their visit. Not only do the families help immensely with improving conversation skills, but also introduce students to local cuisine. I had some of the best authentic French food with my “famille d’accueil”. In fact, I am still close to the family, and keep in contact with them weekly. 

As a French major of Mount Saint Vincent University’s Modern Languages Department, I highly recommend Francoforum to anyone wishing to enhance or improve their French language skills, as well as their knowledge of Francophone culture. My week in Saint-Pierre helped me perfect many aspects of my spoken French, as one is immersed into this language on the island. The only option is to speak French the entire duration of the stay, and the benefits are phenomenal. My knowledge of French culture was also immensely enhanced and further motivated me to continue studying and working in French. My experiences at the Francoforum were absolutely wonderful, enriching and heightened my confidence speaking and writing in a language with which I now identify. The opportunities at this institution are endless. I am planning my next trip back already, as the benefits of even a short visit to Francoforum will stay with me forever. I am immensely thankful for the opportunity to have had studied at this school of language.

About the French Program



Mount Saint Vincent University is my home away from home. The professors, the students and all the faculty in the Modern Languages Department are all incredibly helpful, supportive and kind.  I would not have been prepared for the amazing experience of going on exchange had it not been for everyone at the Mount.

Konner Russell,

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in French

Participant of Exchange program, Lille, France

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Au cours des trois dernières années, j’ai eu le grand privilège de faire un baccalauréat en français à   l’université  Mount Saint Vincent. Alors que mon intention au début de mon cheminement académique      n’était pas d’aller dans ce domaine, quelques expériences prometteuses dans un cours à option en 2011        ont suffi  à me convaincre que le département de français comblerait le vide que je ressentais dans ma           vie scolaire. Je n’ai pas tardé à m’inscrire à plus de cours, et enfin je me suis réorientée dans un          programme de français afin de pouvoir bénéficier de l’expertise incontestée du personnel. Je ne peux pas insister assez sur la valeur des professeurs, qui ont non seulement tant à partager avec leurs étudiants, mais qui sont toujours là à leur tendre l’oreille, éprouvant autant d’estime pour leurs élèves que ceux-ci en    éprouvent pour eux ! En 2015, je vais obtenir un deuxième baccalauréat, celui-ci en éducation !  Puisque je possède une bonne base en français, cela m’ouvrira les portes des écoles d’immersion en français, des    écoles francophones, ou encore celles des écoles anglaises ! J’ai hâte de partager ma passion pour la     langue avec mes futurs étudiants. Je résume mes sentiments face au département de français de MSVU       en citant une des chansons d’Edith Piaf : « Non, je ne regrette rien » !     

In the course of the last three years, I had the great privilege of completing a bachelor’s degree in French at Mount Saint Vincent University. Although my intention at the beginning of my academic career was not to go into this field, it was impossible not to transfer over after having such pleasant experiences in a French class I   opted for as an elective in 2011. Somehow, I knew that the French department would fill a void in my school life. 

I did not wait long to register in more French classes, before finally completely switching over to a French program so that I could fully benefit from the substantial expertise of the staff. I cannot emphasize enough how much I value the professors, who not only have so much to share with students, but who are always willing    and ready to lend an ear. Something I have seen time and time again is that students and professors in the department mutually hold each other in very high esteem.

In 2015, I will obtain a second bachelor’s degree, in Education. Having a good base in French opens up many opportunities to teach in French immersion schools, francophone schools, as well as English schools! I’m very eager to share my passion for the French language with my future students. I’ll summarize my feelings about the French department at MSVU by quoting a line from an Edith Piaf song: “Non, je ne regrette rien!” or “No, I don’t regret a thing!”

Rénée Doucet,   

Bachelor of Arts, General Studies

Advanced Certificate of Proficiency in French

Concentration in French 

Sarah Drake


My experience with the Modern Languages Department was unforgettable and exciting. I enjoyed my French courses and feel that I truly benefited from everything I learned. Being bilingual is, in my opinion, an extremely important asset, and the professors in the Department supported me as I pursued and achieved my goal of becoming bilingual. French has opened so many doors for me, and I encourage my fellow Mount peers to enroll in language courses to enrich their university experience.

Sarah Drake,

Bachelor of ArtsGeneral Studies

Certificate of Proficiency in French

Concentration in French 


Stacey Timmons

Je m’appelle Stacey Timmons et j’ai  fini mes études en 2010 à l’Université Mount Saint Vincent avec un Baccalauréat en « Child and Youth Studies ».  Heureusement, après avoir fini mes études, Le Petit Voilier m’a offert un poste  à temps  plein  d’éducatrice à la petite enfance.  Puisque Le Petit Voilier va ouvrir un nouveau site dans la région de Sackville en septembre 2014, ceci me donnera l’opportunité d’un avancement dans ma carrière. J’adore travailler en français et montrer un peu mon côté acadien.

Stacey Timmons, 

Bachelor of Arts, Child and Youth Studies

Chan Sarah

I graduated from the Mount in 2009 with an honours B.A in French language and a minor in political science/public policy. I then moved to Ottawa (where I lived on the Quebec side, in Gatineau) to use this combination of studies to successfully pursue a bilingual master's in public policy and a career in the federal civil service.  While a student in the Department of Modern Languages, I studied written and oral French as well as a wide range of French literature and cultural courses including Quebec theatre, the French novel and Acadian literature and poetry - all in the context of small classroom sizes and excellent professors. 


While these courses gave me a solid foundation in both the technical and cultural aspects of the language, it was particularly, for me, the opportunity to spend a year in a French-speaking environment (in my case, Dijon, France) that truly launched me into the world of lafrancophonie.  

In sum, the combination of the quality of teaching I received at the Mount, together with the chance to immerse myself entirely for a year in French, allowed me to advance my connaissance of both language and culture in a way that continues to help me on a daily basis as I work bilingually in the federal government today.

Sarah Chan,  

Bachelor of Arts, Honours in French

Minor in Political Science / Public Policy

About the Spanish Program

Samantha Roy


After studying Spanish for three years at MSVU, I have acquired invaluable confidence in my oral and written skills. Not only are the professors passionate about their job, the language lab offers additional support to encourage your acquisition of a second language.

The small classes and many resources available to you will ensure that you learn to speak Spanish fluently by the end of your studies.

Samantha Roy,

Bachelor of Arts with a Combined Major (French and English)

Minor in Spanish

About Chinese Program 


Amanda Field

The Chinese program at Mount Saint Vincent University has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to delve into the rich culture and history of one of the oldest civilizations on Earth.

The staff at the language laboratory are also available to facilitate students’ learning by providing tutors and other helpful study resources. 

Since participating in the program, I along with other students of the program have made plans to study abroad in China or other parts of Asia through the Mount’s study abroad programs.

I have also since achieved my TESOL/ESL certification, allowing me to teach English as a second language, where I hope to continue my education of Asian culture through travel.   

Amanda Field,

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in French