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20 Days | 19 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Michael Ennis-McMillan Jun 30, 2015 at 11:59 PM

I've enjoyed the recommended reading, especially "Why I Hate Canadians" by Will Ferguson and "A People's History of Quebec" by Jacques Lacoursiere. The perspectives give me a broader context for learning French in Canada!
MaryAnn Richardson Jul 01, 2015 at 08:15 AM

Bought "Canadians" but haven't had the time to read it. Hope to catch up on reading on the plane. Was "Why I Hate Canadians" humorous?

Jane Simpson Jun 29, 2015 at 10:32 PM

I generally walk 1 to 3 miles each morning and would like to continue to do that while I'm attending the program beginning next week. If there are other walkers among you, let me know if you'd like to consider walking together once we know what the schedule will be. I walk at about a 17 minute/mile pace. Thanks.
MaryAnn Richardson Jun 30, 2015 at 09:23 AM

You might be walking a little faster than me, but I love the idea.
Jane Simpson Jun 30, 2015 at 04:34 PM

MaryAnn-thanks for your message. I'll look forward to meeting you on Sunday and figuring out a plan for walking together.

Jane Simpson May 18, 2015 at 01:20 PM

As a retirement present to myself, I will be attending the July course. To prepare, a friend introduced me to a free language app called Duolingo which I am using a little each day. It's helping to refresh my very rusty vocabulary. Am looking forward to the program.
Patricia Newman May 20, 2015 at 09:32 PM

I went last year as a beginner and it was a wonderful experience. I hope to go again next year. I enjoyed Duolingo, but it doesn't provide practice with conversational French. The podcast CoffeeBreak French is one of my favourite online resources to increase your vocabulary, understanding of grammar and oral comprehension skills. Bon voyage!
Jane Simpson May 20, 2015 at 09:47 PM

Thanks so much for the podcast suggestion!

Judy Mastrine Apr 13, 2015 at 04:36 PM

Excited for my first RS adventure in Quebec at the July French immersion! would love to hear from others attending this session.
MaryAnn Richardson Apr 15, 2015 at 08:15 PM

Hi Judy.
MaryAnn Richardson Apr 15, 2015 at 08:17 PM

Since I live in Chicago area, I took part in the Impressionist seminar. It was fantastic. I look forward to this experience. I'm feeling rusty on my French - it's been too many years since I've had a true immersion experience.

MaryAnn Richardson Apr 05, 2015 at 01:02 PM

Looking forward to the July French immersion!

Shirley Kroot Jan 15, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Anyone going on the French immersion program May 24-June 12? email me at skroot1@aol.com.

Patricia Newman Oct 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM

I attended the May 2014 program. I am a relative beginner in French, but found the program quite manageable. A wide range of French skills were accommodated by having different levels in
the instructional program. We spoke French in class, but we used English in the apartment and often at meals. There were people
who opted to speak French at meals. I found the tours were a
problem for me because I often did not understand what what being said. The couple who were in our program were accommodated. The weather was temperate in May, so I didn't find I needed a fan. (I am Canadian and was happy to have some warmth after our dreadfully cold winter.) A fan would be essential in July.

I loved this program and am hoping to go back again.
Joyce White Oct 31, 2014 at 07:07 AM

I would like to add that the term "Immersion" can be a bit scary, but it needent be. There is no requirement to speak French outside the classroom. There are many opportunities to practice French at your comfort level. As an Intermediate level, I really enjoyed the Canadian signs in French and English at many of the excursion destinations. I was able to compare and add to my French vocabulary. The subtitled movies were wonderful. I chose to attend the versions with English subtitles. I drove to the program and brought a small fan. We used it at times in the livingroom. I attended this program for the second time May 2014 and have been thoroughly impressed with the "profs" and the rest of the staff at UQTR. They are professional, fun, and caring. Also, this program is an incredible bargain for everything that is included. The excursions are wonderful, especially Montreal and Quebec City. Our evening at Chez Dany's Sugar Shack was a really fun cultural experience. I will be returning and will probably bring some friends.

Mary Wagner Oct 30, 2014 at 04:58 PM

My husband and I are considering the May 2015 program and have two questions. First, we are trying to understand what "immersion" means for this program. Do we, for example, speak French in the apartment, at all meals, during excursions. Secondly, any tips on how couples handle the single room assignments. For example, someone recommended bringing a fan. So, we should consider two fans etc. Any information, tips or comments would be appreciated. Merci.
Olwen Harris Oct 30, 2014 at 05:11 PM

Hi Mary, immersion in my experience will mean French only in class, excursions, group meals. I liked making a covenant with my fellow classmates on other lrograms, to speak only French in rooms and in free time. That seemed to work well. I would phone Road Scholar to ask about how they handle couples.
Shirley Kroot Apr 05, 2015 at 02:40 PM

Mary, I am going to the May 2015 program & can't wait. Immersion means speaking French as much as possible. They will evaluate your level on the1st day.. Don't let it intimidate you.

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