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Learning French Without France

Travelers often go abroad to learn a foreign language in the appropriate country, but Americans who want to learn French that way can do so without leaving the continent.

Three schools in Canada’s “tres” French province of Quebec offer language-immersion courses throughout the year, as well as cultural and sporting events scheduled to allow for immediate use of your newly acquired language skills.

Universite de Montreal offers the opportunity to sample French life at the largest French-language university in North America. Courses are presented year-round in six sections: oral, written, workshops on teaching French, contemporary Quebec culture, business and special intensive; call (514) 343-6090.

Universite Laval, at the edge of Quebec City, offers fall, winter and summer sessions; call (418) 656-2321 or (418) 656-2921.

College de Jonquiere in the picturesque Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, about three hours northeast of Quebec City, offers two- and three-week programs all year that can be customized for those who want to learn at a certain pace; call (800) 622-0352.