Summer French Immersion & Cultural Discovery for Teens (ages 11–17)

Celebrate French Around the World


June 15–August 21, 2020
1-week sessions
Mon-Fri, 9:30am–12:30pm, $419/week

Give your teen a head start in French over the summer in a program that pairs language lessons with cultural workshops that explore the rich culture and history of Francophone countries around the world.

We have redesigned our summer programs to offer them online to meet your child’s needs during these unprecedented times. Teens boost their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in 90-minute classes on Zoom, followed by 90-minute enrichment activities and virtual field trips to landmarks around the world.

FIAF’s native-speaking teachers will lead journeys to discover Francophone culture throughout Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe, and Oceania. They will illustrate their own creative writing projects; take virtual tours of MoMA, the Louvre, and Château de Versailles; learn about journalism from reporters from France-Amerique and the world of fashion; connect with the acclaimed dancers and musicians; and much more.

Open to all levels of French including complete beginners.
Specific groups available for native French speakers.

  • Typical Day

    Monday-Friday

    • 9:30-10:15am: French Class
    • 10:15-10:30am: Break
    • 10:30-11:15am: French Class
    • 11:15-11:30am: Break
    • 11:30am-12:30pm: Cultural Workshop
  • Week 1 & 2: Asia

    June 15–19 • June 22–26

    Featured Regions: India, China, and Japan

    Featured Guests: A yogi; a Chinese musician

    Featured Activities: Yoga; calligraphy; graphic-novel workshop

    Virtual Tours: Taj Mahal and Angkor Wat

  • Week 3 & 4: The Americas

    June 29–July 2 • July 6–10

    Featured Regions: North America and the Caribbeans (Haiti, Martinique, and Guadeloupe)

    Featured Guests: A journalist from France-Amérique; an athlete

    Featured Activities: Journalism workshops (writing, reporting, and making videos)

    Virtual Tours: Montreal; Harlem in NYC; MoMA exhibitions

  • Week 5 & 6: Europe

    July 13–17 • July 20–24

    Featured Regions: France, Belgium, and Switzerland

    Featured Guests: A chef; a fashion journalist; a dancer from International Ballet Brooklyn

    Featured Activities: Baking; Painting like the Impressionists; Ballet; Create your own comics workshops

    Virtual Tours: Versailles; The Louvre; Hergé Museum in Brusselles

  • Week 7 & 8: Africa

    July 27–31 • August 3–7

    Featured Regions: Egypt and Burkina Faso

    Featured Guests: A dancer from Burkina Faso; a video game specialist

    Featured Activities: African dance; Create your avatar workshop

    Virtual Tours: Quai Branly Museum; The Nile Valley

  • Week 9 & 10: Oceania

    August 10–14 • August 17–21

    Featured Regions: French Polynesia and New Caledonia

    Featured Guests: An artist; A scientist;

    Featured Activities: Art workshop; Nature and environment workshops

    Virtual Tours: Oceanic art at the British Museum; Jean Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center at Noumea

  • French Class Curriculum — Ages 11–14

    Cadets focus on developing oral communication, including both listening comprehension and speaking skills. Teens will additionally build a solid foundation in reading and writing in French while learning strategies to become a more independent foreign language learner.

    The Cadets curriculum integrates preparation for the DELF JUNIOR exams.

    The Cadets program consists of three consecutive levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. A special group is available for Native French Speakers.

    Cadets Beginner Level
    Students will know salutations and introductions, describe a person and members of their families and express their tastes. They will be proficient in discussing their immediate environment, having a conversation about sports, and making vacation plans. Children will learn how to have a conversation on the phone. In grammar, teens will learn the verbs “être” (to be), “avoir” (to have), “aller” (to go) and “faire” (to do) and all verbs ending in “er”. Negative sentences and simple question structures will be studied. The future tense and the imperative form will also be covered.

    Cadets Intermediate Level
    Children will know how to express their needs and feelings, describe their schedule and the personality traits of a person. They will be able to present an overview of their home, make a purchase and talk about their eating habits. In grammar, they will study irregular verbs and their usage. The past and future tenses will be studied and the conditional tense will be introduced.

    Cadets Advanced Level
    Upon completion of levels 301 to 304, young teens will have learnt how to express their opinions in numerous contexts such music, movies, food and sports. They will also express more complex feelings, describe personal goals and desires. In grammar, the program will cover the “imparfait”, “passé composé” (past tenses) and “conditionnel” tenses along with the imperative form and their usage.

    Cadets Native French Speakers
    At the Native French Speakers Level 1, teens will work to accomplish the first French intermediate primary class (CM1) goals. Over the course of the class, they will improve their ability to express themselves fluently while developing a personal project (e.g. writing a song or a recipe) that encourages both spoken and written French skills. All students will be capable of constructing both negative and interrogative sentences correctly. At Native French Speakers Level 2, the focus is on the goals of the second French intermediate primary class (CM2). Teens will begin to voice their opinions in French and learn to debate. The curriculum encourages a command of abstract words and expressions (emotions, feelings, rights and duties) and an ability to articulate more complex and nuanced thoughts. Teens will also improve their grammar through a creative project (e.g. writing a comic or producing a movie) to encourage their spoken and written French.

  • French Class Curriculum — Ages 15–17

    FIAF’s Juniors focus on developing oral communication, including both listening comprehension and speaking skills. Your child will additionally build a solid foundation in reading and writing in French and learn strategies to become a more independent foreign language learner.

    The Juniors curriculum integrates preparation for the DELF JUNIOR exams.

    The Juniors program consists of three consecutive levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.

    Juniors Beginner Level
    Teens will know how to greet someone, introduce themselves and others, describe a person, and express emotions. They will be able to talk proficiently about jobs, housing, and meals. Students will also learn how to have a conversation over the phone in French and make vacation plans. In grammar, frequently used verbs and irregular verbs will be covered. The imperative form, the present tense, the future tense, the “passé composé” and “imparfait” past tenses, will be introduced along with reflexive verbs and their usage.

    Juniors Intermediate Level
    Teens will be able to talk about someone’s physical traits and character, describe their interests and environment. Vocabulary relating to tourism, hobbies, health, transportation, nature, and city life will be studied. The future, recent past, and continuous present tenses will be covered. The conditional tense and difference between “imparfait” and “passé composé” past tenses will be learned, and the “subjonctif” form will also be taught.

    Juniors Advanced Level
    In Advanced class, teens will be able to talk about travelling experiences in French speaking countries, describe cities, speak about customs, culture and arts, analyze articles and radio shows. On a grammatical level, they will share their point of view, tell a story in the past, locate events in time, express feelings, regrets. The conditional tenses will be reviewed, the imperative tense will be learned as well as the place of pronouns when using imperative. Students will also study the indirect discourse and the double pronouns. They will interview classmates, organize surveys, neighborhood parties and participate to role plays.


Activities and special guests change each week.
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Programs subject to change.