Your kids are learning French, so why don’t you?
French immersion programs introduced into Canadian schools in the 1970s have been deemed a huge success.
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If you’re keen to become fluent in Canada’s other official language, there are a number of routes to choose from. One option is to combine learning French with a vacation. The University of Western Ontario’s Trois-Pistole French Immersion School offers a one-week program for adults. You stay with a French Canadian host and drink in the charms of this small Quebec town on the lower St. Lawrence.
In the Maritimes, the Université Sainte-Anne, set on the shores of Saint Mary’s Bay in Nova Scotia, offers a five-week immersion program in the spring and summer. It’s the only immersion program in Canada where the staff lives on campus with the students. You can earn university credits while you’re at it.
For year-round intensive French language classes, there are several schools to choose from. Check out Edu-Inter in Quebec City, École de langues de l’Estrie in Montreal or Ottawa, the Canadian Language Exchange Center in Montreal, Toronto, or Vancouver, Cactus in Montreal and Quebec City, Little Sorbonne Language School in Vancouver, or one of the nine Alliance Française locations across the country.