Time Slots

Week 1: June 26 – June 30, Contes et légendes francophones / Francophone Tales and Legends

Half-day session
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

$400

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Full-day session
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$690

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Week 2: July 3 – July 7 (4-day week), Expériences Scientifiques / Get your lab coats!

Half-day session
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

$320

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Full-day session
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$550

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Week 3: July 10 – July 14, Écologie-Biodiversité / Ecology and Biodiversity

Half-day session
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

$400

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Full-day session
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$690

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Week 4: July 17 - July 21, Architecture Parisienne / Parisian Architecture

Half-day session
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

$400

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Full-day session
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$690

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Week 5: July 24 – July 28, Les Chefs Pâtissiers / Pastry Chefs

Half-day session
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

$400

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Full-day session
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$690

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Week 6: July 31 – August 4, Les Beaux-Arts / Fine Arts

Half-day session
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

$400

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Full-day session
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$690

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Week 7: August 7 – August 11, Cinéma / Cinema

Half-day session
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

$400

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Full-day session
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$690

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Week 8: August 14 – August 18, Les Cuisines Francophones / Cuisines from the Francophone World

Half-day session
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

$400

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Full-day session
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$690

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Week 9: August 21 – August 25, La Mode / Fashion Week

Half-day session
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

$400

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Full-day session
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$690

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Week 10: August 28 – September 1, La Musique Francophone / Francophone Music

Half-day session
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

$400

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Full-day session
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

$690

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About Summer in French

We offer language instruction for every child from the beginner to the bilingual student. Activities are age appropriate and tailored to the language level of the child. Each week focuses on a theme with a variety of special activities, including visits from exotic animals, puppet shows, cooking, theater, fashion, art and perfume workshops—all excellent opportunities for children to increase their vocabulary and stimulate their conversation skills. Outdoor activities take place at a nearby playground and at the Boston Common.

We focus on creating a dynamic, fun and comfortable learning experience in order for children to develop a love for languages. In this way, children become experiential learners, but more than just learning a new language, they will interpret the world from a different perspective.


Please contact our Youth Programs Manager, Alan Gomez, at agomez@frenchlibrary.org or youthprograms@frenchlibrary.org if you have any questions!

Pricing Details

Week 2 is a 4-day week (no discounts apply); half-day session $320; full-day session $550, extended day $120.
One Summer in French t-shirt and class materials included in registration fee.
Please note: additional fees may be required for some field trips, workshops or in-house performances.

Weekly Themes

Week 1: Contes et légendes francophones / Francophone Tales and Legends
Storytelling will guide this week’s activities through traditional tales of France, Quebec, and Africa. Diverse characters will inspire kids to create their own story.

Week 2: Expériences Scientifiques / Get your lab coats!
STEM lovers can let their imaginations run loose this week when they discover the reactive properties of materials and how they interact with one another - all in French! Drawing from traditional French pioneers such as Marie Curie and Louis Pasteur, this hands-on week of science is sure to get them into lab coats.

Week 3: Écologie-Biodiversité / Ecology and Biodiversity
Learning to take care of our planet starts with discovering the world beyond what we see and experience. Kids will learn about different types of plant and animal environments and the characteristics that make their biodiversity unique. From the Versailles gardens to the Boréale forests of Quebec and the jungles of Madagascar, these worlds apart all need our nurturing and protection. Planting the seed early helps children better understand and play a part in our ecosystem.

Week 4: Architecture Parisienne / Parisian Architecture
Paris and its many magical qualities inspire through its culture, people, architecture, and je ne sais quoi. Children will discover the vibrant neighborhoods, landmarks, and history of this unique city through its streets, music, and art.

Week 5: Les Chefs Pâtissiers / Pastry Chefs
From galettes to financiers, kids will enjoy discovering and making regional French pâtisseries recipes that are sure to make their mouths water! A hands-on approach to learning and interacting in French, they will learn valuable teamwork skills in the kitchen and compile yummy and personalized recipe books.

Week 6: Les Beaux-Arts / Fine Arts
Great for visual learners, art is an excellent medium for conveying language and this week is sure to bring out each child’s creativity and passion. Through the discovery of unique artists and their masterpieces, children will create projects using an array of media and have their own vernissage (private art viewing) at the end of the week for parents to admire.

Week 7: Cinéma / Cinema
Our little Truffauts will hone their creative senses through sketches, role play, and set design activities. Get ready for some masterpieces of the septième art!

Week 8: Les Cuisines Francophones / Cuisines from the Francophone World
Every Michelin star chef needs to start somewhere! This week, kids will discover the ingredients that go into creating delicious meals while having fun and being creative with the presentation of each succulent dish. Their work will go into preparing for the discerning palettes of...their parents!

Week 9: La Mode / Fashion Week
Fashion is an outward expression of who we all are. Kids will use colors, textures, and textile prints to stylize their favorite outfits all while learning clothing-related vocabulary and words unique to the world of fashion. Through techniques inspired by French designers, older kids will stylize a photo shoot and create their own line of clothing and accessories.

Week 10: La Musique Francophone / Francophone Music From Sénégal to Québec, kids will discover diverse francophone music while learning French through rhythms and songs. A perfect way for auditory learners to practice pronunciation and tap into their listening skills.

Sample Schedule

A typical day during Pastry Chefs week

Arrival and welcome
Themed vocabulary-building activities and pronunciation games
Snacks, trip to playground (weather permitting)
Hands-on projects: recording a cooking show, creating a recipe scrapbook
Dismissal (half-day session) / Lunch (full-day session)

Reading and nap time
Oral comprehension through movement
Outdoor games, snack
Kitchen crafts, role play with songs
Dismissal (full-day session) or Extended Day (optional)
Final dismissal

Policies

  • We accept children aged 3-12 years old.
  • Children must be toilet-trained.
  • Children can enroll in half-day or full-day programs.
  • Half-day and full-day programs cannot be combined within a single week.
  • Snacks, lunch and sunscreen must be provided by the parents.

Discounts

  • Register before March 31 and receive 10% off with our Early Bird Discount. Families registering 2 or more children for a minimum of 2 weeks will get an additional 5% off before March 31. For 2 or more children for a minimum of 2 weeks before March 31, please contact the education department at 617.912.0415.

Terms & Conditions of Registration

  • Payment plans available.
  • Entire payment must be made prior to the first week of class.
  • Refunds available up to 3 weeks prior to your child's registered start date.
  • Any withdrawals after this timeframe result in class credit.
  • You may register your child for 1 or several weeks.
  • Non-refundable cancellation fee: $50 per week per child.
  • By enrolling your child in Summer in French, you give the French Library permission to take photos of your child and understand that the French Library may use these photos for promotional purposes.

Other Classes

Summer in French (ages 6 - 8)

6 to 8 Years old
Starting 3 hours or 7 hours per day for 1 week

Young children ages 6-8 develop their comprehension and speaking skills through hands-on themed activities in this engaging full-immersion language program.

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Summer in French for Teens

13 Years old
Starting 3 hours or 6 hours per day for 1 or 2 weeks

Teens learning French as a foreign language develop their language skills through engaging lessons, hands-on workshops, field trips and other fun activities in this dynamic full-immersion program with a morning language component and an afternoon cultural discovery component.

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Summer in French (ages 9 - 12)

9 to 12 Years old
Starting 3 hours or 7 hours per day for 1 week

Young children ages 9-12 develop their comprehension and speaking skills through hands-on themed activities in this engaging full-immersion language program.

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