Thursday, February 25, 2016

Québec Homestay, 2016

The third semi-annual AHS French trip to Québec City took place at the end of January. Twenty-one students stayed in pairs with French-speaking families, engaging in breakfast, dinner, and other activities (students mentioned bowling, playing cards and a musical jam session). During the day, students traveled together to experience Winter Carnaval, trips to the Montmorency Falls and Ice Hotel, snow tubing, a ferry ride on an ice cutter, a scavenger hunt inside a restored fort, and traditional Québecois singing, dancing and a lumberjack meal at an authentic Sugar Shack.

This trip allows students of French to receive a first-hand understanding of the importance of the French language to North America. There is nothing more powerful for a language student than to spend time in a country where that language is spoken. Following each trip, students return filled with energy and enthusiasm to continue learning French, and they share that excitement with their classmates.

Thanks so much to French teachers Anne Zachary (Ottoson) and Joli Alderuccio (AHS), who led this year’s trip. I am grateful that we can offer real-world experiences like this to our students, and provide them with an authentic opportunity to use the language they have been studying. We will run the Québec trip again during the 2017-2018 school year. (Next year, France exchange!)

Ms. Zachary and Ms. Alderuccio with Bonhomme Carnaval ice sculpture
Crossing the St. Lawrence River on an ice cutter ferry (Chateau Frontenac in background)
Having fun at Montmorency Park
Ice sculpture at the Ice Hotel
Playing the wooden spoons at the sugar shack

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