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TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC

French Immersion: A Key to the Francophone World

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20 Days | 19 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s 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.
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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.


Sue Dillard Jun 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Mary, unless it's changed since last summer, there's no wifi in the rooms, and the connection on campus is blocked out for security. At least, that was my experience with my hybrid phone.
Susan Bodell Jun 27, 2014 at 01:30 PM

I went with the May 25 group, and first let me say I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I would highly recommend that you bring a fan, or plan to buy one as soon as you arrive. My room faced west, and the afternoon sun made it hot in there. I would imagine that being there in July is even hotter, and of course there is no A/C in the dorms. Also, my RJ45 cable that I bought at Radio Shack and brought with me worked fine for my laptop in my room, and I also brought my iPad, which I used in the classroom/dining room building, which has wifi. I found the wifi a bit temperamental at times. I'd be happy to answer your questions about what to bring, etc.


Mary Finnance Jun 25, 2014 at 02:21 PM

Did anyone ever find an answer to what is needed for WIFI. I will be attending on July 6, and plan to bring my IPAd, but also an older laptop for internet in the room. Is the connection found in our individual rooms, and what exactly is required to hook up to cable in the room. I researched RJ45, but still confused.
Patricia Newman Jun 25, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Your iPad will work iin the classrooms and the library, but not in the residence. You need an RJ45 cable (ethernet cable for your room. You can buy an RJ-55 cable at Business Depot in in the campus bookstore when you arrive. I was really glad to be able to use my laptop in my room in the evening, although there are computer rooms available if you decide not to bring your laptop. I am still telling everyone I know about the great time I had in the May Trois Rivière program.
Mary Finnance Jun 26, 2014 at 02:39 PM

Thank you that is very helpful, and I really appreciate you letting me know that you had a great time. I am beginning to really look forward to the program now. If you think of anything else I might find helpful, it would always be appreciated. Thank you,
Susan Willen Jun 27, 2014 at 01:00 PM

If you want to use your iPad in the dorm room, I recommend the HooToo Tripmate travel router which I bought from amazon for about $40. It converts the wired internet to Wifi and worked great for me. You'll still need the ethernet cable. I was in the May/June group this year. You will have a great time!


Susan Willen May 12, 2014 at 05:19 PM

Is anyone else planning to take the Orleans Express bus from Montreal to Trois Rivieres on Sunday, May 25? It would be nice to meet up and travel together.


Joyce White Apr 29, 2014 at 09:56 AM

I did the Road Scholar program three years ago during that time frame and we didn't share any activities with any other group. The University does a very good job of catering to our needs as a Road Scholar group. The course for teachers must be at a high level of French, while the Road Scholar program caters to all levels.
kcc Moo Apr 29, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Thank you, Joyce. The teachers/ professionals program is offered at the intermediate and advanced levels. I applied for it for this year, but I like to try the Road Scholars program next year.


kcc Moo Apr 29, 2014 at 07:15 AM

Hello, I wonder if anyone here attended the French course offered in July for teachers/ professionals. It is a 3-week course offered in July at the same time the Road Scholars course is offered.
Just wondering if it is the same. More/ less difficult. Any shared activities? Thanks.
Lynn Biscott Apr 29, 2014 at 08:50 AM

What is the other course you're referring to? Can you provide a link to the info?
kcc Moo Apr 29, 2014 at 09:49 AM

This is the link. On the same page you can connect to all other French programs offered by the university, as well as the dates and costs of these programs. Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières - EIF - Anglais https://oraprdnt.uqtr.uquebec.ca/pls/public/gscw031?owa_no_site=1073&owa_no_fiche=86&owa_apercu=N&owa_imprimable=N&owa_bottin=


Alice Jones Apr 28, 2014 at 02:40 PM

P. S. Is the free parking lot really ten minutes away? Can we unload in front of our residence and then park up there? Or is there any alternative?
Joyce White Apr 29, 2014 at 05:01 AM

I'm sure we can unload close to the residence. When I was there three years ago I parked in the lot in front of the dorm. I don't remember an expensive fee then.


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