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French training for Federal government and public service

BBB - CBC/CCC - Oral B/C - Writing C


SLE Preparation for federal government (Preparation for the Second Language Evaluation for the canadian public service) federal government and public service training

In order to keep all our students and teachers safe, our Federal tests preparation classes take place ONLINE on ZOOM.





SLE course preparation

Are you a Federal government employee? Are you interested in joining the Canadian public service? Do you need to take the Second Language Evaluation soon? Do you need to reach either your BBB, CBC, oral B or oral C level in French government tests?

Alliance Française Ottawa offers written/reading comprehension, oral preparation and grammar courses to pass the Second Language Evaluation of the Public Service Commission of Canada. Get ready for the SLE – Second Language Evaluation  government French tests for the Canadian Public Service

Our part-time Federal tests preparation classes : SLE preparation for the Public Service of Canada

Federal tests preparation

Federal tests preparation for BBB level

This federal government language training is taught by an experienced teacher. It is based on activities that follow the same pattern as the official tests. This way, you can practice for your exams, compare answers, and receive detailed feedback about grammar rules and idioms.

From B1.1 level

New students must take the Evalang orientation test.

SLE Preparation course

Preparation for French Second Language Evaluation – CBC – CCC level training:

Advantages Get CBC level in French?

  • Complete training program for written tests and the new second language oral test, designed to meet the specific needs of the public service
  • Small groups formed of students who share the same level and needs, to better interact and communicate authentically
  • Themes specifically curated for the Public Service of Canada
  • Documents and exercises carefully selected to meet the needs of public servants
  • Individual follow-up during the training period: orientation test for all new students, personalized feedback from an expert in French as a second language
  • Communicative and action-oriented pedagogical approach
  • Practice through themes related to real work situations to improve language skills
  • Grammar put in context by following communication goals
  • Enrichment of the vocabulary related to work and to the public service commission lexicon
  • Various oral activities related to the selected themes

Class activities:

  • Grammar reviews, drills, and exercises of systematization
  • Practice for reading and writing tests
  • Videos and press articles of francophone medias to practice comprehension, enrich vocabulary and practice communication in an authentic language
  • Debates and discussions on subjects related to work  Written comprehension in French (level C) Written expression in French (level B) Oral proficiency (level C)
  • Oral presentations based on studied subjects
  • Mock exams to prepare for the oral test of French as a second language

Learning materials:

  • AF Ottawa exclusivity: new innovative program, specifically designed to meet the needs of public servants, on our learning platform Apolearn and online exercises on Frello
  • Online lessons on ZOOM lead by experienced French teachers
  • Study of authentic contemporary documents to learn French in a real context and to become fluent
  • Selection of relevant documents and useful resources published by the Canada School of Public Service

From B1.5 level

New students must take the Evalang orientation test.

Federal tests preparation

Preparation for SLE – Oral language assessement: Oral B – Oral C

This government language training prepares you to achieve the B or C levels of the test of oral proficiency for the government of Canada and focuses on five key components of the oral test: oral comprehension, conversation, oral production, communication strategies, and language accuracy. This course is based on activities that are consistent with those found on the official tests. If you have attempted this exam before without success, we can provide you with tips and methods that will help you overcome any obstacles you may have encountered in the past.

Oral B: from B1.1 level

Oral C: from B1.5 level

New students must take the Evalang orientation test.


Federal tests preparation : Writing C

This writing course is a program offering a review of the most essential grammar rules required to pass the Canadian Public Service tests at the C level. The program of this course: complex sentences, verbal modes, and tenses (indicatif, subjonctif, conditionnel, participe et gérondif), pronunciation, indirect speech, passive voice, etc.

Activities :

  • Review of grammar rules
  • Grammar exercises and correction

From B1.5 level

New students must take the Evalang orientation test.

Alliance Française Ottawa follows the European framework for Languages, also called CEFR, adopted by the European Commission and all around the world. Your progression is therefore supervised, following official and recognised norms.

The CEFR describes foreign language proficiency in reading, listening, speaking and writing from beginner to the more advanced level: A1/A2, B1/B2, C1 and C2.

Next Sessions

SLE BBB (From B1.1)

*In addition for new students: $45 yearly registration fee

SLE CBC (From B1.4)

*In addition for new students: $45 yearly registration fee

SLE Oral B (From B1.1)

*In addition for new students: $45 yearly registration fee

SLE Oral C (From B1.6)

*In addition for new students: $45 yearly registration fee

SLE Writing C (From B1.5)

*In addition for new students: $45 yearly registration fee

How to enroll?

“A1.1 level classes are designed for new students who have never studied French before and have no knowledge of the French language.”

To complete your test Evalang:

You will have an orientation interview with one of our French as a second language teachers, in person at our location or by phone, to complete your level assessment.

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With the help of one of our teachers and our team at the reception, choose the course that fits your goals and your schedule.

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Why choose Alliance Française Ottawa

Teaching expertise

  • Highly qualified and experienced instructors recruited for their teaching skills and their passion for the French language
  • The quality of its second language teaching and training programs
  • Teachers committed to help their learners succeed

Francophone immersion

Reknowned language centre

  • An exam centre for internationally recognised French language certifications & diplomas including language tests for immigration purposes
  • Official supplier for the Canadian federal government
  • Expertise recognized internationally : we belong to the worldwide network of Alliance Française schools present in more than 130 countries

Financial advantages

  • Training fees eligible for the tuition tax credit: tax certificates are issued in February showing eligible fees paid for the tax year.
  • No GST. No HST.
  • A non-profit Canadian organisation since 1905