B.C.–Quebec Exchange Program


Where: British Columbia

When : October -November 2021

Age : Grade 10 and 11 students from the French immersion program

Contact : [email protected]


ADAPTATION TO COVID-19

For the 2021-2022 school year, the student exchange program between Quebec and British Columbia is offered in virtual format.

INFORMATION ON THE VIRTUAL FORMAT OF THE PROGRAM

The virtual format of the exchange program between Quebec and British Columbia is offered to grade 10 and 11 students from French immersion programs.

For the 2021-2022 school year, the exchange program will take place over the course of 6 weeks in October and November 2021. It is centred on two main focuses:

  • An individual focus: Each participant is paired with a student from Quebec, with whom they will meet online on a weekly basis to discuss a particular theme.
  • A collective focus: Multiple group activities will be organized throughout the exchange period, either between all British Columbia participants, or between all Canadian participants.

INDIVIDUAL FOCUS

Each participant from British Columbia will be paired with a student from Quebec. Paired students are invited to meet by videoconference at least twice weekly on their own time. Pre-determined discussion topics will be suggested each week, as well as activities and challenges to complete that may help guide the conversation.

Each meeting between paired students will take place half in French, and half in English.

COLLECTIVE FOCUS

Additionally to these individual meetings between paired students, group activities will be organized regularly throughout the exchange period.

Two group activities will take place between participants in British Columbia, both entirely in French. The first activity, which will occur before the start of the program, is an orientation session which will outline all the necessary information regarding the exchange. The second activity will be a session of games.

Group activities will also be organized with all the participants across Canada, including students from British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta and Nova Scotia. These activities will take place half in French, and half in English.

WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE?

  • To create a lasting bond with a student from Quebec
  • To meet other French-speaking youth from across the country
  • To improve your French skills
  • To continue to have fun and socialize despite the current health context

COST

Participation in this program is free.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Commitment towards the program
  • Personal qualities such as motivation, maturity, responsibility, sense of humour, adaptability and open-mindedness.

HOW TO REGISTER

Registration for the 2021-2022 exchange program is open until May 30th 2021.

To apply, students must send an email expressing their interest to the program coordinator at [email protected]. They will then receive multiple forms to fill out, as well as explanations on how to submit their completed forms.

Please note that students will need to provide the contact information of their French teacher, who must endorse their application. Please be sure to inform the teacher of your interest before they are contacted by the program coordinator.

The teacher will confirm the student’s participation in the exchange program during the month of June. The student pairings will be made in the summer, and will students will receive confirmation of their pairing in September 2021.

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INFORMATION FOR THE SCHOOLS

Are you a teacher interested in sharing this opportunity with your students? Email Noémie at [email protected] to receive program information and promotional material.

CONTACT

For more information, please contact the program coordinator for the British Columbia and Québec exchange.

Email  [email protected]

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How are the student pairings decided?

Once all student applications have been received, we share them with our partner in Quebec to begin the pairing process. The main pairing criteria are common interests, and similar or complementing personalities.