French I Students Visit Québec City

The French students went to Quebec City recently. Here are some of the photos from the trip.

by Sarah Birgé, French and English teacher, Literacy Coach

On May 6th, students from Ms. Birgé’s French I class visited Québec City. Olympia Burke, Jessop Burrow, Nikki Sanderson, Alice Coyne, Kirsten Munson and Kristian Pierson spent four days immersing themselves in the French language and in Québec City’s unique culture. Joining them were two students, Conall Halvey and Sydney Hescock, who completed French II last semester.

Besides enjoying the museums and cobblestone streets of Vieux Québec, students also rode a city bus (the first time, for many of them!) to see Montmorency Falls. At 98 feet higher than Niagara, this waterfall sends off enough spray to soak anyone who gets too close. Another highlight was taking a funicular up to the walls of the Citadel, a fort built in 1690.


Our final stop was a visit to ONHOÜA CHETEK8e, an educational site run by the Huron-Wendat tribe. Students toured a recreated Huron-Wendat village and enjoyed a traditional meal. The sunflower seed soup and cranberry tea was not only delicious, but also connected to the Native American food unit that is taught in eighth grade Social Studies.

All in all, students had a great time exploring this gem of a city. Immersion in a language is perhaps the best way to learn, and experiencing immersion early on in their French studies will help motivate students as they move up through Leland and Gray’s rigorous language program. We’d like to offer a merci beaucoup to our chaperones John Salzman, Riley Goodemote, and Rebecca Doyle. This wonderful linguistic and cultural experience would not have been possible without them!