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Au revoir, Québec!

In Québec, we are very lucky: we are not far from the water. So, what a treat to have our final ceremony on a boat. It was an evening filled with emotions: realizing it is over, finally speaking English, but also discovering Québec from another angle, leaving new friends and so much more.

Thank you, Québec for welcoming us a second time and giving us all the opportunity to discover French and French culture outside of France. However, it is not adieu, it is à tantôt and just the first steps of a lifetime bilingual life.

The Grand Finale

Nostalgia was in the air today—for everyone.

Today marked the official end of the program for both the Chinese and French Academies. This monumental conclusion was capped off with an evening event: the graduation ceremony.

All of the staff and the students came together—in the theater room—to celebrate the students’ accomplishment of living immersed in Chinese and French for four entire weeks. It was a celebration packed high with emotions and sentiment.

School's out!

Alas, the day has come: the last day of school!

Today marks the final day of classes for both classes—and, more notably, the last full day of the Language Pledge®! Tomorrow, in the evening, the students will be authorized, once and for all, to speak English—without any consequences!

For the Chinese Academy, classes were as you would expect them to be on the last day: fun, entertaining and easy. While most classes took the day to relax, there were a few classes still covering curriculum. However, the lessons weren’t dense, in any form.

STAMP DAY

The storm has come: testing began today!

For the Chinese Academy, today was their test day, in which all students took the STAMP Assessment. In various tech labs across the campus, the students were set up on computers to take the assessment—and, thankfully, everyone completed it, successfully!

The French Academy, on the other hand, has its testing tomorrow morning. So, the students had one final “regular” day, in which the routine set of classes were completed, along with the afternoon activities with REs.

The Final Days

A cultivation of language and communication skills has been in the process for over three weeks. And now, the final days of the program are upon the students—all of whom have dedicated themselves intellectually, day in and day out.

Due to the approaching conclusion, teachers have been slowing the classes down, allowing students to taper their minds in the days before their final exam, which is otherwise known as the “STAMP Assessment.”

A Day on the Lake

Due to inclement weather, the French Academy had to cancel its field trip on Monday. However, it was quickly rescheduled to today, so the students were able to easily bounce back from Monday’s temporary disappointment!

Today, students boarded a group of buses, after completing their set of morning classes. En route to Burlington, students and staff were filled with excitement for today’s events: a ferry ride on Lake Champlain and trip to North Beach!

Another Happy Day in Québec!

It started with a display of delicious food brought by our team leaders.  We had French croissants, chocolate croissants (chocolatines in Québec), crêpes, strawberries, coffee, melon, cherry tomatoes, blueberries, brie and chèvre cheeses, fresh baguettes, chocolate… It was a feast.

In the afternoon, students were exposed to another kind of feast: Montmorency Waterfalls, pure beauty of nature.  They dominate the landscape, 83 meters high (30 meters higher than Niagara Falls).  We are so lucky to be so close to these unique sites.

Students visit Village Vacances Valcartier, a water slide paradise!

Village Vacances Valcartier is a water slides paradise, 30 minutes away from the Laval University.  Our students experienced it the whole day.   The weather was on our side: it was sunny and warm from the beginning to the end of the filed trip.

Photos from the Assemblée Nationale!

The Assemblée Nationale opened its doors to MIL students yesterday.  It is located in the center of Québec and is inside a historical classified building, the Parliament.  There, they learned about  the history and activities of Québec’s Parliament.  This serious visit was followed by free time, dinner with friends  and attending free concerts  in old Québec.

Photos from l'Observatoire!

Here are some photos we took from our trip to l'observatoire. What a great day!

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