Montreal Encounters | People and Cultures of Canada and Quebec

Summer matinée soirée En ligne et à distance

offered by

School of Modern Languages and Non-Credit Language Courses

About UQAM

UQAM is a dynamic, open, and creative university with an international outreach. Located in the heart of Montreal, Quebec, our university welcomes students from a wide variety of linguistic and cultural communities. Recognized for the high quality of their programs, UQAM’s École de langues (School of Modern Languages) and Formations linguistiques non créditées (Non-Credit Language Courses) invite you to take part in our immersive online language learning experience. Make your summer vacation an opportunity to improve your English with experienced language professors and other language learners!  

Target audience

University students
18 years and up

Levels available

A2 and up

Type of course

Online class
Minimum 15 students is required to open the program


Japanese Standard Time (JST)
August 8 to August 26, 2022 (Mon-Fri)

Eastern Day Time (EDT)
August 7 to August 25 (Sun-Thu)


Japanese Standard Time (JST)
8 am-11 am

Eastern Day Time (EDT)
7 pm - 10 pm
(August 7 to August 25)

Teaching material

To be confirmed
Delivered during each class

Bicycle by a fence
Photo by Ali Tawfiq on Unsplash

About This Program

In this program, you will:

1. study English for communication - focus on language used in everyday life, at university and at work, and practice your pronunciation;

2. discover Canadian and Quebec cultures - explore topics such as Canadian society, Quebec traditions, what it means to be a Montrealer, and why Canada is famous for its nature;   

3. participate in theme-based tasks using English in group activities and team projects;

4. connect in a “buddy” program with your Canadian student peers – practice your conversational English daily.

If you are looking to learnto meet students from Canada, to be inspired by a new culture, and to have fun – this program is for you!

What You'll Learn

You will develop your English communication skills for effective interactions in the following contexts:

  • Everyday conversations
  • Formal Interviews and workplace interactions
  • Discussions and debates
  • Online presentations

You will also discover Canadian and Quebec cultures through interactive activities

  • Languages in Canada and Quebec
  • Montreal’s history, community, culture and traditions
  • Indigenous peoples of Canada
  • Society and people of Canada and Quebec
  • The role of nature and environment in Canada and Quebec

 View from the Kondiaronk belvedere
Photo by Nicolas Abou : view from the Kondiaronk belvedere, "Montreal au coucher de soleil"

Important Notice

Real-time (synchronous) classes will be held online from 8:00 am to 11:00 am Japanese Standard Time* (JST). An additional 3 hours (approximately) a day will be dedicated to conversations with the Canadian buddies and to working independently and with other students on group tasks.

This program is open to university students. (18 years and up)

August 8 to August 12

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Canadian Culture
Day 4
Day 5
Canadian Culture
Class time*
8:00 - 11:00 (JST)
Programme Outline
- Objectives
- Schedule

Virtual Campus Tour
Conversation Strategies
- Greetings
- Farewells
- Small talk

Discussion Strategies I
The Role of Nature and Environment in Canada and Quebec

Guest Speaker
Interviewing Skills

English in the Workplace
Who are Montrealers?
- Community
- Culture
- Traditions

Guest Speaker
Pronunciation Workshop
Independent study time - daily activities, such as:
"Meet Your Buddy" video viewing and
Language Activities
Language Exchange Log with your "buddy"
This is a preliminary schedule subject to modifications.

August 15 to August 19

Day 6
Day 7
Canadian Culture
Day 8
Day 9
Canadian Culture
Day 10
Class time*
8:00 - 11:00 (JST)
Final Project Outline
- Description
- Guidelines
- Vocabulary
Indigenous Peoples

Guest Speaker
Discussion Strategies IISex Education in Canada and Quebec

LGBTQ Guest Speaker
How to speak like a Canadian

How to speak like a Montrealer

Canadianisms and Slangs
Pronunciation Workshop
Independent study time - daily activities, such as:Language ActivitiesLanguage Exchange Log with your ‘buddy’Final Project Group Work
This is a preliminary schedule subject to modifications.

August 22 to August 26 (JST*)

Day 12
Canadian Culture
Day 13
Canadian Culture
Day 14
Final Project
Day 15
Final Project
Day 16
Final Project
Class time*
8:00 - 11:00 (JST)
Canadian Artists

Canadian Monuments

Canadian Currency
Languages in Canada and Quebec

Education in Canada and Quebec
Techniques for Online PresentationsTeacher Feedback

Peer Feedback

Final Preparations
and Final Presentations
Pronunciation Workshop
Independent study time- daily activities, such as:Language ActivitiesLanguage Exchange Log with your "buddy"Final Project Group Work
This is a preliminary schedule subject to modifications.

 Jacques-Cartier Bridge, Montréal
Photo by Eva Blue on Unsplash

Enrolment Procedures

Registration and payment

Registration period: June 20 to July 18, 2022 (Payment is required upon registration)
Placement test period: from July 22 to July 29, 2022

Placement test

Following your official paid registration, UQAM's Linguistic Assessment Center (Centre d’évaluation des compétences linguistiques [CECL]) will send you an invitation to take a placement test.

We encourage you to take the English test as soon as possible and no later than July 29, 2022.

Moreover, please note that the test results will be used to compose groups by language proficiency level and will not be passed on to students.

Cancellation Policies

In the event that management is required to cancel, all tuition fees are refundable.

In case when the participant requests to cancel the course, they must provide a medical note to obtain a full refund, and may do so no later than the day before the start of the program.

Other events, as they arise, may be considered for a partial or full refund. In any case, a supporting documentation will be required.


Tuition fees: $ 945 (CAD)
The English Placement test fees are included

To know more about credited English programs visit École de langues.

Discover our other Language immersion programs in the Non-Credit Language Courses department.