Customized French Immersion in Québec City

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OVERVIEW

Backed by more than 40 years of experience with international programs, Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier offers school groups the great opportunity to visit Québec City as part of a language immersion program tailored to their needs and schedule.

Our customized immersion program is designed for students from 14 to 17 years old as well as for teachers eager to learn French or improve their French skills. During a short-term stay in a French-speaking environment, the group will learn and practice French through real-life situations and will discover Québec’s culture and rich history.

We offer a safe environment, careful supervision, and regular feedback and follow-up. Thanks to our experience, we can provide students with the tools they need to learn and grow through interaction, culture, and knowledge.

We receive groups all year long, come and visit us for an immersion program of 3 days or more!

Groups who came to Collège Saint-Charles-Garnier in the last few years

Colegio Miraflores, Ciudad de México, Mexico, 2 months
Duchesne Academy, Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 1 week
Francis Parker School, San Diego, California, United States, 4 days
Nightingale-Bamford School, New York, NY, United States, 3 days
Oxbridge Academy, Florida, United States, 2 weeks
Rockwood Summit High School, Fenton, Missouri, United States, 10 days
Warwick Academy, Warwick, Bermuda, 5 days

Program content (schedule)

Participants take French classes in the morning while the afternoon is devoted to the discovery of the city through cultural workshops, excursions and sightseeing.

Morning

Morning

French classes and workshops
  • Dynamic communicative approach;
  • Special emphasis on oral communication;
  • Stimulating activities, games and dynamic exercises;
  • Different workshops such as cooking, music, Québec typical expressions, etc.
Afternoon

Afternoon

  • Large variety of activities in French: cultural, historical, recreational, etc.;
  • In and outside the city;
  • Adjusted in accordance with the season;
  • Dynamic animation to enrich the activities;
  • A member of our international program staff with the group at all times.

One French group or more can be created depending on students’ French level.
French classes and activities are offered to this program only, not in contact with regular students of the school.

Content tailored according to your selection of objectives and themes.

Some examples:

General objectives

  • Improve listening skills
  • Give tools to write texts
  • Develop vocabulary
  • Work on pronunciation
  • Improve oral fluency
  • Review grammar from A to Z

Themes

  • Sustainable development
  • Literature
  • Local culture
  • History
  • Music
  • Québec expressions
  • Architecture

Program details

Staff

Staff

Francophone teachers trained in teaching French as a second language and with sound experience with teenagers!

Experienced coordinator for all the matters concerning students: in charge of the follow-up and communication with chaperons.

A team of bilingual employees always there to help or to answer your questions!

Transportation

Transportation

Private bus;

Public transportation: thanks to a frequent and reliable bus service, public transportation is a good option to discover Québec. It has direct bus lines between the Collège, downtown and the mall (10-15 minutes).

Calendar

Calendar

The itinerary is built according to your requests.

Here is an example of the schedule:

Calendar - week

From Monday to Thursday
In the morning: between 2.5 and 3.5 hours of French classes.
In the afternoon: sightseeing in the City to practice French and get to know Québec’s history and culture.

Friday
Entire day dedicated to activities depending on the time of the year
(ex: winter playground, Ice Hotel, waterpark, Île d’Orléans, etc.).

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM French classes French classes French classes French classes Special day-trip
PM Cultural trip Historical visit Recreational center Parks and nature facilities Special day-trip

Calendar - weekend

Free time to spend with the host families or on your own. A one-day visit to Montreal can be organized upon request.

Example of activities you could choose for the afternoons or the weekends:

Cultural and historical activities

Cultural and historical activities

Old Québec guided tour
Ice Hotel
Parliament visit
Traditional Huron site
Citadelle visit: historical former military base
Civilization museum
Île d’Orléans
Petit Champlain neighborhood
Château Frontenac visit
Plains of Abraham
Old Port Market
Fine arts museum
Sugar shack and Maple museum
Hockey game
Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica
Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Montmorency Falls
Capital observatory
Cap-Rouge Marina
Trip to Montreal
Levis Ferry
Whale watching
Outdoor and sports activities

Outdoor and sports activities

Hiking
Valcartier Vacation Village (aquatic park/winter park)
Rock climbing
Treetop Trekking
Ste-Anne-Canyon
Rafting
Promenade Samuel de Champlain
Parc linéaire de la Rivière Saint-Charles
Bike tour
Recreational activities

Recreational activities

Escape game
Shopping centers
Bowling
Laser tag
Aquarium
Circus school
Ghost tours
iSaute trampoline park

Accommodation

Meals

You always have the option of having lunch at the school’s cafeteria serving complete and yummy meals.

planning your trip

1. Creation of your own school trip

Fill the online application form to give us the information we need to create the best itinerary for your group.

What we need to know to start planning your program:

    - Estimate number of students and chaperons/companions of the group
    - Time of the year
    - Duration of your stay
    - Type of accommodation
    - Age of the participants
    - French level of the participants and number of groups to create
    - Objectives and learning needs
    - Activities (yes or no), their type and language (French or English)
    - Certificates of participation (yes or no)
    - Other needs of transportation in addition to the transportation included to the activities’ sites (shuttle bus to the airport, public bus pass, free time transportation, etc.)

2. Customized schedule

We will build a customized schedule and contact you to propose it.

We will be pleased to discuss the possibilities with you by Skype, phone call, a meeting or a video conference. We will be there to help you choose the best options for your group following your requests and needs.

The total cost will be established according to the schedule, the duration of the stay, the activities, the number of participants, the type of accommodation, the need for transportation and the number of French groups.

3. Registration of your students and chaperons

We want to get to know your students before they arrive in Québec: medical needs, food requirements, habits, etc. The better we know your students, the better we can answer and adapt ourselves to their needs. In particular, this information will be very important if the host family accommodation option is chosen.

4. French level

Besides establishing the linguistic goals, we will need to know the level of French of each student to inform the French teacher and the staff leading the activities you will do. We will give you access to our French online test.

5. Host families and final information

Before your arrival, we will send you the final information for your stay. If the host family option was chosen, we will also send you the family’s profile as soon as possible, so the students can get in contact with them by email, Facebook, Skype, Facetime, etc.

NOW, enjoy your stay and live a wonderful French experience!

Please, contact us so we can answer your questions, discuss details and establish a price for the stay you wish to organize. Merci beaucoup!

Collège Saint-Charles Garnier
1150, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest
Québec (Québec) G1S 1V7
THE OLDEST FRENCH HIGH
SCHOOL IN NORTH AMERICA
FOUNDED IN 1635