Monday, August 30, 2010

Le Français au bord de la mer

From Friday, October 1, at 5:00 pm, until 10:00 am on Sunday, October 3, French-language enthusiasts will gather for Le Français au bord de la mer, at Blueberry Cove Camp, in Tenants Harbor, for what promises to be a fun, action-packed learning experience, lived entirely in French.

Penobscot School in Rockland is sponsoring this French immersion weekend for high school juniors and seniors and college students who have studied French for at least two years; French teachers who would like a refresher; and adults with an intermediate level of spoken French.

Activities will include games, a treasure hunt (including beach-combing), discussions about contemporary issues, poetry-writing, sports, singing around the campfire, and many other fun things, using French at all times. There is a big lodge where participants will prepare and share authentic meals together, using local, organic ingredients wherever possible.

Organizer Julia Schulz says, “It will feel like you are visiting cousins in rural Québec or France—cousins who don’t speak English! And being immersed in the language in a fun and relaxed setting is the best way to learn.”

Accommodations at Blueberry Cove Camp are very rustic. There are cabins with bunk beds; most have no heat source and no electricity or running water. There are flush toilets and hot showers, just not in most of the cabins. Says Schulz, “C’est le camping en français!”

Tuition for the weekend is $105 for full-time students and $145 for adults. Please inquire about group discounts. Teachers will receive CEU's.

For more information and a registration form, please contact Julia Schulz at or Penobscot School: 207-594-1084.