French On Location

Centuries-old graystone buildings at Place Royale in Quebec City's Quartier Petit Champlain

Québec City, the cradle of French civilization in North America (pictured above), is characterized by narrow cobble-stoned streets and ancient greystone buildings, many of which date to the early 1600’s. The only walled city in North America, it is conspicuously European in its look and feel, and at the same time, uniquely Canadian.

French on Locastion’s three and four-day educational tours to Québec City (the cradle of French Civilization in North America) are our signature programs, which we’ve updated and refined over and over for 20 years. We’ve brought tens of thousands of students and teachers of the French language to Québec City, and daresay that tens of thousands of students have returned to their homes across Canada and the United States and with lifelong memories, and highly motivated to continue their studies of French.

All of our educational tour itineraries provide ample time for students to read, listen to, and speak French with native francophones from the moment they arrive at the airport or train station. If your group will be arriving by bus, the experience begins at the Québec border where signage is in English and French, but English quickly disappears in interior Québec where English signs are rare, and all signs, by law, must be predominantly French. And, our experienced, bilingual, native francophone guides will be happy to conduct your trip in all French, all English or any combination of the two.

Students visiting Québec are always charmed and inspired by its old-world ambience, characterized by narrow, cobblestoned streets and ancient greystone buildings, many of which date to the early 1600s. The walled city is palpably European in its look and feel (and attitude), and at the same time, it is uniquely Canadian.

Each student will visit and long remember Québec’s breathtaking skyline, the Grande Allée (the Champs Elysées of North America), the Latin Quarter, the Quartier Petit Champlain, and most will end their visits with an evening at an authentic French Canadian cabane à sucre. Every visitor to Québec is struck by the natural friendliness of its people, a distinctly Canadian characteristic. Ask ANYONE who has ever been there!

Our approach to teaching French rests on the premise that unless your students are fascinated with the people, history and culture of the French speaking world on some level, they won’t stay interested in studying the language in the long run. And if our theory is valid, we can’t think of a better place to be captivated.

Finally, if your students are like those in dozens of communities whose teachers have taken them on educational tours to Québec, they will return to school with tales to tell their younger friends and younger brothers and sisters, and those siblings and friends will be clamoring to enroll in French in future years. Many, many, many of our clients attribute the stable or growing enrollments in their French classes at least in part to their annual trips to Québec City

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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