Learn French in Quebec City, Canada!
As the cradle of Francophone culture in the New World, Quebec is an incredibly historic city and a fantastic choice of location for your French course! The beautiful cobbled streets of the Old Town (which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985) will take you back in time to the birth of Canada! This is a year-round location, with four distinct seasons that are all spectacular!
Quebec is a fantastic place to learn French and the Quebecois are fiercely proud of their language! At our school in Quebec, you will be taught ‘International’ or ‘Standard’ French that will allow you to converse with any French-speaker, no matter where they are from! Whilst there are some words and expressions that are unique to Quebec, your teachers will point these out to you as you come across them and this will not hinder your learning of the language in any way. In fact, it will give you a fantastic insight into the richness of a language that has spread across the globe!
Our school in Quebec
Bordering the Old Town, Nuovo St-Roch is a downtown neighbourhood that offers a wealth of restaurants, bars, cafes and cultural institutions and is the home of our school. Just a few minutes’ walk from Château Frontenac and La Gare du Palais (the train station and main bus terminal) you will be perfectly placed to explore Quebec!
The school’s excellent facilities include 6 classrooms, a student lounge and a small library with DVDs as well as books! You will also have access to the city’s central library, which is located just across the street!
With a maximum of just eight students per class and 20 French lessons each week, you will learn quickly on our ‘Intensive’ course. If you want more individual attention from our highly-qualified teachers, why not consider taking a course of private lessons? Or combine 20 group lessons per week with 5 private French lessons, on our ‘Intensive + Private Lessons’ course. Of course, whichever course you choose, you can be sure that you will be taught at the correct level, as you will take a level test on arrival at the school (unless you have informed us that you are a beginner).
Experience the French-Canadian lifestyle by living with a carefully selected host family during your course! Your hosts will be well-known by our colleagues at the school and will encourage you to practice speaking French with them on an everyday basis. If you are looking to totally immerse yourself in the language, then this really is the best option for you! This option is offered on a half board basis, which means that your hosts will provide you with your breakfast and evening meal.
Our school in Quebec does not offer a daily activity schedule, but the friendly staff are always on hand to advise students with regards to activities they can arrange themselves.
Most Monday afternoons are set aside for a free city tour around a significant place of interest, such as Old Quebec, Place Royale, The Citadel, Battlefields Park or a low cost trip with other students: National Museum of Fine Arts, Observatoire de la capital and many more! At the weekend you’re encouraged to explore further afield to places such as Montmorency Falls Park, or even Montreal. Of course during the winter Quebec is an excellent base for winter sports with guaranteed snow.
Quebec is home to many local and international festivals, expos and art, music and culinary shows all year round. We will be happy to give you an idea of what there is to see and do in Quebec before you start your French language course there.
How to get there
Quebec Airport is just a short journey from the city centre. Whilst we can arrange airport transfers, these are not included in the course price. Due to the short distance, most students prefer to take the airport bus which is inexpensive and quick, taking just 15-20 minutes to reach the city centre.
A short and fascinating trip to Quebec City!
Being French, I have always been fascinated by Canada and its French-speaking provinces. Travelling to Toronto last summer, I took the opportunity to visit a friend in Quebec City and see it for myself.
One of the most striking things for me and for anyone from France, I believe, was the accent. Quebeckers sound so exotic to me! It was really refreshing to hear different manners of speech and a whole lot of new idioms and even vocabulary. This lovely accent also makes them sound incredibly welcoming and friendly. Actually, that might not be the whole truth since they are genuinely welcoming and friendly people anyway!