FRENCH IMMERSION CITY AND COUNTRY (13-14 weeks)

From May 11 to August 14, 2020 (Rivières-du-Loup) / from May 18 to August 14, 2020 (Trois-Pistoles)
13 or 14 weeks

 

(French as a second language)

Groups
Maximum 15 participants 

Online Placement Test

 

The French Immersion City and Country program is a unique French learning experience. It is a fabulous opportunity to discover two particular environments of the province of Quebec, namely the city of Montreal and the beautiful region of the Lower St. Lawrence. To enhance the learning of this new language and culture, the 13-14-week program gives both the chance to experience living in a host family as well as in a university residence.

The stay is structured in two joint programs to choose from :

 

RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP

The first option, which is a joint program beginning in Rivière-du-Loup, suggests a six-week stay in a host family while participants integrate classes, workshops, sociocultural activities, and week-end excursions through a first regular five-week immersion program at the École de français of Rivière-du-Loup College. These five weeks are followed by an additional immersion week offering a special tour to deeply discover the region. This same week is punctuated with several thematic outings, conversation workshops, an unforgettable urban tour and collective participation to the local community celebration of the famous Quebec St-Jean-Baptist Day! At the end of this experience, all participants move to Montreal where one will get acquainted with the Montreal way of living. First discovering Montreal at their own pace, while staying in the university residences, participants will then and finally integrate two intensive three-week sessions at the Université du Québec à Montréal Non-Credit Language Courses offering many conversation workshops, sociocultural activities and various sightseeing adventures.

 

TROIS-PISTOLES

The second option begins with an intensive five-week session including classes, workshops and sociocultural outings at the Université du Québec à Montréal, with accommodation in the university residences. This program then continues in Trois-Pistoles where participants will live in a host family for eight weeks. The first two weeks will focus on social integration in the community. This may include volunteering, doing odd jobs and participating in family activities. This experience will be followed by a succeeding six-week intensive course held at the École d'immersion française de Trois-Pistoles (Western University's French Immersion School in Trois-Pistoles). For beginner level students, the first two (2) week are nevertheless composed of a first one dedicated to community service in the area, and of a second one specifically oriented to the preparation for the intensive course.

For more information about these programs, please see the tables hereinbelow.  Click on the provided links to obtain more detailed information.

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École de français du Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup - UQAM Program

École d'immersion française de Trois-Pistoles (Western University's French Immersion School in Trois-Pistoles) Program

 


 

ÉCOLES DE FRANÇAIS DU CÉGEP DE RIVIÈRE-DU-LOUP – UQAM

 

May 10 - 11, 2020

Arrival and Welcome Weekend in Notre-Dame-du-Portage's Auberge sur Mer

(Before arrival, online placement test conducted by Rivière-du-Loup College's École de français)

May 12 - June 12, 2020

(5 weeks)

Rivière-du-Loup

Participation in the Explore program and lodging in a host family

Activities

Classes, workshops, sociocultural activities, and excursions

June 13 - 14, 2020

Rivière-du-Loup 

Lower St.Lawrence excursion

June 15 - 23, 2020

(1 week)

Rivière-du-Loup

Thematic outings, conversation workshops and collective participation to the St-Jean-Baptist Day local community celebration

June 24, 2020

Departure from Rivière-du-Loup and arrival at UQAM university residences  after 4 PM

June 25 - July 5, 2020

(1 week)

Montréal - UQAM 

Initiation to the Montreal way of living

Activities

Guided tours, sociocultural outings, and conversation picnics

July 6 - August 14, 2020

(6 weeks)

Montréal - UQAM

Participation in two consecutive 3-week intensive sessions and lodging in UQAM residences  

Course Schedule

Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (noon)  

Oral Communication Workshops*

Monday to Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

* These workshops are punctuated with various sociocultural outings.

Prices

$6 250 CAD (tax-free)
+ registration fees : $50 +tx CAD (non- refundable)

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Additional fees not included:

  • Personal expenses
  • Meals in Montréal
  • Round trip between home and host institution
  • Traveling expenses between Rivière-du-Loup and Montreal
  • Valid medical insurance policy 

Online registration

 

UQAM – ÉCOLE D'IMMERSION FRANÇAISE DE TROIS-PISTOLES PROGRAM

(Western University's French Immersion School in Trois-Pistoles)

May 18, 2020

As of 4:00 PM, arrival at the university residence

(before arrival, online placement test conducted by UQAM) 

May 19 - June 18, 2020

(5 weeks)

Montreal - UQAM

Participation in the Explore program and accommodation in university residence

Course Schedule

Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (noon)

Oral Communication Workshops*

Monday to Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM  

*These workshops are punctuated with various activities.

Sociocultural Outings

Weekend activities (visit of the Old Montreal, Mont-Royal tour and outing to Quebec City)

June 19, 2020

Departure before 12:00 PM (noon) from Montreal to Trois-Pistoles

June 20 to June 28, 2020

(1 week)

Trois-Pistoles

Community integration, volunteering and stay in a host family

Social Integration Strategies

Volunteering, odd jobs, and family activities

June 29 - July 5, 2020

(1 week)

Trois-Pistoles

Preparatory week living in a host family

July 6 - August 14, 2020

(6 weeks)

Trois-Pistoles

Participation in the École d'immersion française (Western University's French Immersion School) six-week program living in a host family

August 15, 2020 At 12 PM (noon) - Farewell reception

Prices

$6 250 CAD (tax-free)

+ registration fees : $50 + sales tax CAD (non refundable)

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Additional fees not included:

  • Personal expenses
  • Meals in Montreal
  • Round trip between home and host institution
  • Traveling expenses between Montreal and Trois-Pistoles
  • Valid medical insurance policy

Online registration

 

 

These programs focus on an integrated and structured global approach in which all the language aspects, whether vocabulary, grammar, language functions, and pronunciation, are addressed.

Throughout this program, participants actively take part in various activities and exercises designed to boost and strengthen their language skills, both written and oral, in real-life situations and settings. Participants are then encouraged to use all four language competencies: reading, writing, listening and talking. However, the emphasis is on oral communicationBy the end of this program, not only will participants have a better understanding and mastery of their language skills, but they also get a deeper grasp and familiarity with Montreal together with Quebec and canadian societies as a whole.

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Picture: Montreal public market

 

 

French Immersion City and Country includes: 

 

Oral communication workshops

Participants will take part in communication workshops which help to gain greater confidence, predominantly in oral skills, while broadening the richness of the vocabulary through an array of communicative activities both fun and challenging. These workshops give the opportunity to discover and to deepen insight of some of the socio-cultural aspects of Montreal, Quebec, and Canada realities.

 

Phonetics and pronunciation workshops

Practice-oriented and animated by a specialist, phonetics and pronunciation workshops enable the participant to become familiar with the settings and sounds spellings to practice their right pronunciation. It is through repetitions, aloud readings and different games that the participant develops this skill.

 

“Talkin’ with your mouth full” (optional)

Participants have the opportunity to once visit a nearby UQAM park to eat and "talk with their mouth full" at lunchtime. Supervised and led by a team of language monitors, this picnic session represents a great opportunity to further practice and gain confidence in new-found language skills, while enjoying and sharing free lunches in a fun-filled and exciting environment.  (through the "École de français du Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup — UQAMONLY)

 

Introduction week to Montreal life                                                                                                        

Newly arrived in Montreal, participants have the great opportunity to be initiated to Montreal's life, both under its practical and socio-cultural aspects. Guided tours through the city, lunch-time talks, theaters, and museums visits, and many other discoveries fill this first urban week LIVED IN A FRENCH AUTHENTICAL SURROUNDING!

This initiation to the useful urban facilities and the very unique lively and festive Montreal downtown will surely have the power to favorize the participants practical independence while making them feel more comfortable in this new environment and definitely fall under Montreal vibes charms!

Optional activities

These activities are not included in the program fees but are a great complement to a stay in Quebec. They are offered to you on registration. The optional activities include access to the UQAM Sports Center, a day-trip to Quebec City, or a field trip around Montreal. A detailed list of these activities and their related costs are Optional Activities rubric. 

 

A few words about our partners…  

                                 

Established in 1932, the École d'immersion française de Trois-Pistoles (Western University's French Immersion School in Trois-Pistoles) is one of Canada’s oldest and most distinguished French immersion schools. Located in the enchanting, intimated, welcoming and friendly French-speaking Trois-Pistoles town, on St.Lawrence River's south shore, the French immersion school finds itself in the heart of one of the most beautiful regions of Quebec province. As French is the everyday life language; on the streets, in shops, restaurants, and homes; the whole town is a real living language laboratory campus!

Each year, the school welcomes over 600 students into its spring and summer programs into which participants have the opportunity to enroll in a variety of degree-credit and non-credit language courses at all levels. This popularity is not surprising as courses are complemented by lively language-based personal interest workshops, and a rich sociocultural program punctuated with concerts, movies, readings, and exciting excursions suggested on evenings and weekends.

A major cornerstone of this school programs is the homestay with local residents allowing participants to broaden and develop communicative skills in an informal, homelike setting. Thus, lodging and meals are provided by the specially chosen host families. It is no longer a secret: a family surrounding truly facilitates the learning of a new language.

The École d'immersion française de Trois-Pistoles (Western University’s French Immersion School in Trois-Pistoles) offers you an experience of a lifetime: learning French in a complete immersion environment while discovering the Quebec culture and original idiomatic tones.