What to Expect

Sunset in Trois Pistoles

Speak French at all times

You have made a commitment to yourself to learn French or improve your French while learning about Quebecois life and culture. Learning or improving a second language is not easy. It requires hard and steady work, but the results are well worthwhile. Research has shown that the most successful learning occurs when you use the language as much as possible as a medium of communication. For this to occur as naturally and successfully as possible, the School requires that students commit to speak French at all times.

Making the effort to speak French for the duration of the program will improve not only your language skills, but those of your fellow students. By honouring your commitment to speaking French at all times, you will help foster an environment conducive to learning French.

This rule does not mean that beginning students must never open their mouths. Occasional use of English words (or another language) in a French sentence, through lapses of attention, lack of vocabulary or language comparison is acceptable. However, you are expected to speak in French using isolated English words or expressions only when no French synonym or explanation available to you will do.

L'École de langue française de Trois-Pistoles provides an extremely rich, high quality and well-organized program, combining academic and socio-cultural, formal and informal exposure to Quebecois and French language and culture. You may find your time at Trois-Pistoles demanding but the rewards will be many, and it will be an experience you will long remember and cherish.

Live and Learn the Language

Spend your mornings in the classroom brushing up on your French language skills and your afternoons in workshops or exploring the beautiful Basques region of the Bas-Saint Laurent.

Participate in a walking tour of the town and stroll down the main street lined with colourful brick and wooden houses constructed in the style of old Quebec. Learn to orient yourself at the town's main intersection, marked by the post office, the city hall, and the magnificent stone church whose triple spires serve as a landmark for river traffic. Hike through the breathtaking parc du Bic, take to water by kayak, and go whale watching along the St. Lawrence River.

Spend your evenings absorbing French language and culture through film and music and socializing with fellow students and the community. Accommodation and three meals per day are provided by local families.