Parlez-vous français? Do you speak French? Your son or daughter can soon! No experience is needed for our French Immersion summer camp. The camp is taught in two sections, one for kindergarten and grade 1 students, and another for grades 2–4 students.

This romance language will be taught via age-appropriate immersion activities including, but not limited to: songs, stories, cartoons, arts and crafts projects, and games. The camp will focus on developing basic speaking and listening skills, as well as an appreciation of French culture.

To learn more about this camp, we spoke with Ms. Montgomery, one of our wonderful BASIS Independent McLean French teachers, who is leading this camp! Read her full bio here.

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Why are you excited to lead this camp?

I love teaching French, and currently I am teaching students in grades 79. I thought it would be great to introduce French language and culture this summer to younger students that I do not get to teach during the school year. I am also inspired by my foreign language colleagues who teach Mandarin to this age group in the BASIS Curriculum, and I am always impressed with how much they are able to do with their students. I am excited to work with young language learners and do lots of fun activities with them!

Why should a student sign up for this camp?

What better way for your student to spend two weeks this summer than immersed in the most beautiful language in the world? Students will find this camp stimulating and can expect to learn a lot, and have a lot of fun, too. By the end, they will be ready for a holiday in Paris!

Do students have to know any French to take this camp?’

Pas du tout! No, not at all. This camp assumes no prior knowledge of French, and we will cover the basics: greetings, the alphabet and basic pronunciation, the numbers, the calendar, family members, and more.

What are some examples of activities or lessons you have planned?

Some of the activities I’m planning to do include: having students draw their family trees, learning the parts of the body via the folk song “Jean Petit qui danse,” story time with books such as Berthe et le miroir magique to help build vocabulary and learn the colors, and much more.

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Are students required to take both weeks of camp?

No, but students will benefit the most from attending both weeks. In the second week, for both age groups, we will build more on what we have covered in the first week. I will introduce new themes and vocabulary (for example, animals, parts of the body, and food, to name a few) in the second week. More importantly, students who attend both weeks of the camp will get twice the practice speaking and hearing French!

Dates: July 16–20 AND/OR July 23–27

Times: Half Day Camp
Morning (Grades K–1): 9 AM–12 PM
Afternoon (Grades 2–4): 14 PM

Fee: $375 

Register now! And look out for the rest of Summer Spotlight series featuring our other camps for students of all ages.

BASIS Independent Summer offers a variety of academics and recreational programs for kids age 4 through grade 12. Camps run July 16August 10. To learn more about BASIS Independent Summer, visit our website.