Students Immersed in French Culture During Québec Trip

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Over Veterans Day weekend, a group of 64 French students in the Central High School District traveled to Québec, Canada.

The itinerary for the trip, which is a first for the district, was organized by Kennedy World Languages teacher Paul Cirino. It included time in both Québec City and Montreal.

“The four-day experience immersed students in an authentic experience that allowed them to put their French language skills to use,” said World Languages Chairperson Renée Fallon. “Students toured the most famous sights and experienced the region’s rich cuisine.”

In addition to Fallon, World Languages Department Chairpersons Rosa Kaplan and Enrique Montes accompanied the students as well as World Languages teachers Nikole DeLuca (Calhoun), Betsy Siegelaub (Mepham), Antonietta Valenti (Kennedy) and Rich Zawislak (Grand Avenue).

Students spent the first two nights in Québec City where they visited famous landmarks such as the historic Château Frontenac, generally regarded as the most photographed hotel in the world. On the third day, students traveled to the city of Montreal, where they had the opportunity to visit its most important sites, including the Notre-Dame Basilica. On the last day, students toured the McGill University campus, located in downtown Montreal.

“One of the highlights of the trip was the chasse au trésor, a treasure hunt where groups of students wandered through the cobblestone streets of Québec City trying to find information about different landmarks,” Cirino said. “Students had the opportunity to practice their French throughout the trip.”

In addition to conversations with tour guides, locals, and hotel and restaurant staff, they participated in a language immersion class where they learned about regional varieties of Québécois French.