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Preparatory Week

For beginner and intermediate level participants attending either of our longer sessions during the spring or summer in Trois-Pistoles, you can get a head start by registering in one of our Preparatory Weeks.

This one-week program, held prior to our longer sessions in May or July, has been designed to help you become familiar with Western University's French Immersion School, the town of Trois-Pistoles, Quebec as well as to help you feel more comfortable and confident using the French language in authentic daily situations. View our preliminary Prep Week schedule for an idea of what to expect during the program.

Additional benefits of an extra week of immersion include, but are not limited to, the following:

Using an action-oriented approach, activities throughout the Preparatory Week will focus on everyday tasks in a variety of real-life situations. All of the activities will be carried out in French and participants will be required to interact in French with assistance from staff, members of the local community as well as their host family members. Some examples of assigned tasks include introducing oneself and others, greeting others,  complimenting someone, refusing an invitation, etc.

From Monday to Friday, you will be enrolled in morning sessions during which basic vocabulary for communicating will be taught or reviewed. During the afternoons, you will be tasked with using this vocabulary in authentic situations (i.e. ordering coffee at the local café, renting a bike, asking the price of an item at the local 'dépanneur', etc.). Various sociocultural activities will be offered during the afternoons and evenings.

The dedicated employees of the Trois-Pistoles French Immersion School, along with our fabulous host families, help create a supportive learning atmosphere and help you feel at home in your new surroundings. On completing our Preparatory Week, you will be ready to start the following session with confidence!

Participants will be placed with a specially-selected family in Trois-Pistoles for the Preparatory Week and the following session.

May 08 - May 12, 2017

Tuition including room and board


July 03  - July 07, 2017

Tuition including room and board


Refund Policy: Requests for withdrawal received a minimum of 30 calendar days prior to the course start date will be granted a full refund of course fees less a $50 cancellation charge. Requests for withdrawal less than 30 and more than 15 calendar days prior to the section start date will be granted a refund of 75% of course fees. No refunds are given after 15 days prior to the start of a course.