Sydney Denault ‘13
In February of 2011, twenty-five French and Spanish students will be taking a trip up to Quebec where they will be spending three days exploring the culture and history of Old Quebec City and the people who live there. The students will be going during Carnaval de Quebec, which is a celebration of the winter months.
Carnaval de Quebec, which is put on by the people of Quebec, is not your typical American carnival. This celebration of winter is shown through the many ice sculptures and winter activities that are located throughout Quebec. The students who will be traveling to Quebec will be able to eat in a cafe made completely of ice and get a warm hug from the snowman Bonnehomme, who is the representative for this exciting celebration. They will also have the opportunity to observe the ice sculptures, drive and ride in a dog sled, and go sledding in a giant, multiple person snow tube called “The Tornado” at night. Not only will the lucky language students be able to participate in some of the winter themed activities, but they will also be able to be part of a French play. The first morning there, students on the trip will enjoy a ‘traditional’ French breakfast of croissants and chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) and take an adventure around the city of Quebec with a tour guide.
This trip out of the country is not just all fun and games, though. It’s an excellent learning experience for the students to expand and practice their language skills in a French-speaking country. The students will have to order food and talk to the citizens of Quebec in French, without much help from Madame Robert. Although they will get a cheat sheet of basic phrases (and even some French pick up lines!) to help them out, the high school students are encouraged to use their knowledge of the French language to communicate with the people of Quebec.