The Brouillet French academy is offered all year-round! 10 sessions of 90 minutes of online classes are available 4 times a year and can be combined with one of 2 immersive weekend retreats to maximize learning. The programs targets optional DELF assessment and certification at the end of the course. Sessions are offered for all levels of French to students of all different French background. Our classes are limited to a maximum of 8 students between the ages of 10 and 15.
New in Spring 2019: Guided Conversation Classes: We are thrilled to be offering guided conversation classes for the upcoming spring semester, a more relaxed environment, at a reduced cost ($325 plus HST), perfect for that time of year! The class is an excellent complement to the courses of the Academy, and just like the Academy, 2 different courses based on age and comfort level in French will be offered. Please read below for a more detailed description.
This session begins the week of January 14th, 2019 and will end the week of March 25th, 2019.
Exception: we will be on break the week of March 11th.
Optional Weekend retreat: April 5th to April 7th
|Delf Level||Day of the Week||Time|
|Level A2.1||Wednesday||7PM to 8:30PM
|Level A2.2||Tuesday |
|5PM to 6:30PM
7PM to 8:30PM
|Level B1.2||Wednesday||5PM to 6:30PM|
|Weekend Retreat for all levels||April 5th to 7th||Friday dinner time to mid afternoon on Sunday|
This session (focus on Conversation) begins the week of April 15th, 2019 and will end the week of June 17th, 2019 ($325 plus taxes).
|Level||Day of the Week||Time|
|Equivalent to A1 (grade 4-8)||Wednesday||7:00 PM|
|Equivalent to A2 (Grade 4-6)||Wednesday||5:00 PM|
|Equivalent to A2 (Grade 4-6)||Tuesday||7:00 PM|
|Equivalent to B1 (Grade 7-10)||Wednesday||5:00 PM|
|Equivalent to B1 (Grade 7-10)||Tuesday||5:00 PM|
This session begins the week of September 23rd until November 25th, 2019
|Level||Day of the Week||Time||Grade|
|A1.1||Tuesday||5PM-6:30PM||4 to 6|
|A1.1||Wednesday||7PM-8:30PM||7 to 10|
|A2.1||Tuesday||7PM-8:30PM||7 to 10|
|A2.1||Thursday||5PM-6:30PM||4 to 6|
|B1.1||Wednesday||5PM-6:30PM||6 to 10|
|B2.1||Thursday||7PM-8:30PM||8 to 12|
This session begins the week of January 13th until March 23rd, 2020
|Level||Day of the Week||Time||Grade|
|A1.2||Tuesday||5PM-6:30PM||4 to 6|
|A1.2||Wednesday||7PM-8:30PM||7 to 10|
|A2.2||Tuesday||7PM-8:30PM||7 to 10|
|A2.2||Thursday||5PM-6:30PM||4 to 6|
|B1.2||Wednesday||5PM-6:30PM||6 to 10|
|B2.2||Thursday||7PM-8:30PM||8 to 12|
Exception: classes are not in session during March break
Complete your profile, select your session and submit your payment on our online system!
Children age 10 to 15 and who are in French immersion or who left the program or are interested in improving their French skills are invited to apply. The target DELF certification is the A1, A2 and B1 levels (see below for a description of the levels).
Levelled structure sessions: Students attend 10 weekly sessions at 90 minutes each in a virtual classroom with a maximum of 8 classmates. Students are also asked to commit to an additional 30 minutes of reinforcement work per week at home. An intensive immersive overnight weekend at an outdoor retreat North of Toronto is offered twice a year to assess and prepare for DELF certification.
The program may culminate with a DELF assessment and certification for those students who have achieved the appropriate level.
DELF: DELF is an official diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education that certifies the French language competency of candidates outside of France. This diploma is valid for life and is recognized throughout the world. The DELF exam tests the A1 and A2 levels, which are seen as beginner or “basic,” and the B1 and B2 levels, which are intermediate or “independent.” The DALF tests C1 and C2, which are referred to as advanced or “proficient.”
Guided-Conversation sessions: The primary goal of the 90-minute guided Conversation Classes is to strengthen students’ oral expression skills in a collaborative and safe environment, helping them continue to develop confidence and fluency in the use of the French language. Students will improve their pronunciation, learn new vocabulary, and practice common expressions through various discussion topics, scenarios, exercises and language games. Classes will be led by our experienced professors who are “Ontario Certified Teacher”.
There will be no weekly assignment or retroaction for these classes. This course is an amazing opportunity for your child to remain exposed to French and continue to build on their fluidity.
The fee for the structured levelled semesters is as follows:
The fee for the guided-conversation semesters is as follows:
To ensure that your child is placed in the correct group and in their interest of their overall success, it is a requirement that each child takes the following online assessment.
Click here to access the assessment. There is no cost to take this assessment.
You will first be asked to select which of the four levels (A1, A2, B1, or B2) you would like to attempt. Please read the description with your child, and select the test that is most reflective of their current abilities. An honest assessment of your child’s abilities helps us to better place them with peers of the same level, and ensure their utmost success in the program. As such, please only complete the assessment once and without outside aides. Once sessions have begun in September, there is the possibility that your child will be asked to change groups should our staff feel that a different level be more appropriate.
Once completing the test, please send a screenshot of the result of the test to email@example.com with your child’s name, as well as your preferred session based on his or her result. We will assign the spot on a first come first serve basis.
Annie Bellemare: Annie is a francophone born and raised in Quebec. She has gained than 10 years of experience teaching and sharing her love of French both in Quebec and in Ontario. She graduated from University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières with a Bachelor degree in Second Language Teaching. After her first university degree, she decided to pursue her studies at the master’s level. She then moved to Ontario to study at the University of Toronto in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, where she completed her Master of Arts in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development. Her thesis was on youth identity and French-language education in Ontario. She is now a Special Education Consultant at Conseil Scolaire Viamonde, in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. She is still very passionate about teaching French and is very excited to work and share her passion with your children.
Annie joined Camp Tournesol in 2009, participating in all the overnight trips since then (Quebec, France, Algonquin) and having fun with campers at the day camps as a coordinator. In 2018, she joined our senior team as a regional coordinator.
She has assembled a team of seasoned instructors for all our classes and levels who will be with her onsite at the weekend retreat.
This French academy is a blended learning course which combines the convenience of online learning and the intensity of an in-person weekend learning retreat in French. It provides students currently registered in grades 5 to 9 (of appropriate French proficiency) with a unique opportunity to practice their French outside of the traditional classroom and, at the same time, work towards the DELF Junior diploma awarded by the French Ministry of Education.
The course curriculum, which has been developed in consultation with a number of experienced French immersion teachers, has been tailored to meet the specific needs of French Second Language learners. It involves the students learning to communicate effectively in French in a variety of interactive everyday tasks while simultaneously paying increased attention to the quality of language in all four main language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing). The students will benefit from the small class size, discussions on topics highly relevant to children and teens (volunteer work, games and apps, podcasts, movies, environment, health), and instruction with efficient constructive feedback provided by a French native speaker and highly-experienced FSL instructor. Best of all – the students will participate in the course from the comfort of their home and have the option of assessing their achievement during an intensive weekend retreat organized twice a year.
One of the main goals of French Academy is to help learners redefine their motivation to improve their French language skills. It encourages them to combine learning of French with their hobbies and interests while pursuing a short-term project (obtaining a DELF diploma). In order to facilitate this type of learning environment, the curriculum in French Academy has been designed based on the recent findings that stem from experimental research on the effectiveness of second language teaching. The curriculum draws from a variety of instructional approaches and techniques in order to maximize the opportunities for successful acquisition of a given language feature. The three key concepts that form the basis of French Academy include:
The course leads the learners to focus on the following competencies: