French over the Summer Break

IMG_0104_litchiEvery summer, students look forward to taking a break from schoolwork…but there are many ways for your child to keep up their French over the summer in fun, less structured ways! Here are some ideas!

• Summer French Camps • Community
• Movies • Television
• Libraries • Workbooks and Magazines
• Games • Online activities
• Music • Other cool sites

French summer camps offer opportunities for children to practice their French while engaging in all kinds of exciting activities. Teachers often notice that children are more willing to speak in French if they have attended a camp in French over the summer.

French-languages services & Francophone history in BC:

Watching French movies at home is a fun way to enrich French studies in a relaxed environment.

Several Canadian channels offer a wide variety of French children’s shows to watch online:

Most local libraries offer a variety of French language resources.

Here are some fun ways to practice French as well as some entertaining educational magazines.

Here are some fun traditional games and challenges:

Or play word and number games you already own – Scrabble, Bananagrams, Uno, Boggle etc – en français!

And here some great online games and apps:

Learning songs in French will help children expand their vocabulary, learn new expressions and develop confidence.

Here’s a collection of fun websites from Québec and France:

French Summer Camps 2015

French Summer Camps are an ideal way to immerse your child in the French language while they enjoy a variety of fun activities en français!

Here are just a few day and overnight French-language camps in the Lower Mainland area and across the country. Find more on CPF BC & Yukon’s Camps page, and on CPF National’s 2015 Camps Listings.


Capilano University Serious Fun Camps: French for Kids (10-12 Years)
Immerse yourself in French culture while using your French language skills over the summer. This camp is ideal if you’re a student in French immersion and want to listen to modern music, create your own songs, prepare French treats, study French visual artists and create your own artistic pieces. Oh la, la! More info

Camp Jubilee

CPF Tri-Cities Chapter has organized a fun-filled summer weekend, where parents and children relax, have fun and get ready for another year of French language school. Camp Jubilee is located in North Vancouver, a short boat ride from Deep Cove. Children will play and use their French in a wonderful outdoor setting, while adults connect with other French Immersion parents. Families stay in rustic cabins and all meals are provided. More info

Maillardville French Summer Camp
Société francophone de Maillardville in Coquitlam and CPF Tri-cities organize this day-camp which runs for most of July and August. Activities have a focus on French culture and a weekly fieldtrip is planned to places such as the Bridal Falls Waterpark or Fort Langley. The camp is intended for children ages 6-12 with at least one year of French Immersion. More info

Faly Academy

A joint offering of linguistic, cultural and sports camps with the French International School Cousteau (3657 Fromme Road, North Vancouver). More info

Burns Bog French Day Camps Delta, BC

The Burns Bog Conservation Society’s French summer day camps are carefully planned so that your child will have fun learning about aspects of nature. Activities include crafts, experiments, demonstrations, games & team-building activities. More info

Camp Virgule

A fantastic opportunity for children from 6 to 12 years of age to practice their French while having fun. A special program will be built up around entertaining activities, including games, sports, outdoor excursions, visits to the beach and to museums, for a summer that is full of francophone adventures! More info

French Circus Summer School
The Circus Camps are held twice a year during Spring Break and summer. These camps offer professional circus training at beginner and intermediate levels in various disciplines including acrobatics, tightrope, juggling, stilts and more. The camp are in French, but instructions are also given in English. More info

UBC French for Teens Only

Offered through UBC Continuing Studies, teens 15-18 years old can become acquainted with classroom study in a university environment. Week-long intensive French language programs are available to those looking for a pre-university experience without the stress of admission requirements. You’ll be surprised how much you can learn in a short timeframe – and how much fun university can be! More info


British Columbia Family French Camp

This is a camp suited to the whole family, whether or not the parents speak French. Bring your own tent and take part in the organized activities, including sing-along campfires. Camps are held in three locations around the province. Suitable for children from pre-kindergarten to teen, the camp also offers a counsellor-in-training program. More info

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Thompson Rivers University Sports Camps
TRU has been running these successful camps for years. A week-long day camp that offers children the chance to use their French while playing all kinds of sports and games, including a trip to the pool. They are intended for children entering grades 1 to 8 in September and all instruction is in French. Every camper must be a CPF member, as the cost is subsidized by the Kamloops Chapter. More info


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Edu-Inter — A true French Immersion Camp!
Edu-inter, a very unique summer French camp can be found in Quebec City within the campus of College Mérici abutting the Plains of Abrahams!  Located in the cradle of French civilization in North America, Quebec City is the only major city in Canada that offers a 100% French speaking environment.  The camp operates entirely in French, both in and out of classes and during all activities for maximum learning impact.  Staff constantly monitor the students to ensure that French is the spoken language at all times.  Edu-Inter offers different programs/activities to meet a variety of student interests.  All programs combine French language classes in the morning with a themed afternoon.  Length of stay can vary from one week to multiple weeks and afternoon options are pre-selected on a weekly basis (a student can chose to pre-register for the same or for a different afternoon program every week).  A choice of lodging of either on-campus residence or home stay (for a more personal experience of Quebec family living and culture) is available.  And weekly pedagogical reports are sent to parents! More info