From left to right above, Québec City’s Grande Allée at dusk, the Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and the historic Marché Bonsecours in the Port of Montréal

The fundamental premise behind our French immersion field trips is that the study of French, or any language, has to be interesting, relevant and fun, and when it is not, students are not likely to stay enrolled for the joy of conjugating irregular verbs.

To make it interesting, relevant and fun, students need to get out into the real world, to see for themselves that the study of French is a useful tool, and not just a time-eating academic exercise. This first-hand, real-life experience is no less important for language students than looking through a microscope is to students of biology. Seeing is believing.

This is particularly important to early language learners, for whom the long term benefits of learning a language are more abstract, but just as important to advanced language students, who are very likely to be taking upper-level math and science courses, and finding it increasingly difficult to balance their homework loads.

Unless they become interested, and stay interested, in the people, history and culture of the places where the languages they are learning are spoken, it will be all too easy for overloaded students to opt out, when there just isn’t enough time in the day for serious students to finish competing homework assignments.

Our Mission: To keep the study of French fun, interesting and relevant, by keeping high-quality, pedagogically significant French immersion field trips within the reach of every deserving student.

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