Founded in 1608, Québec has a rich French cultural and linguistic history with a 95% Francophone population. Open the following link and instantly fall in love with the architectural wonder that is Québec City.
Teacher candidates from UBC will have the opportunity to work as teaching assistants in classes in the Arts, Letters and Communication program and in Second Language English classes at Cégep Limoilou. Teacher candidates will have the opportunity to interact with students preparing for a diverse mix of careers, and get a glimpse of what teaching and learning looks like at a cégep, the only institution of its kind in Canada.
The majority of students are native French speakers, between 18-21 years of age. Our immigrant population at the cégep is approximately 12%. This means that outside the ESL classroom, students communicate with each other almost entirely in French. Teacher candidates will assist in a variety of ways in intermediate level second language English and linguistics classes and even observe some French classes in the Arts, Letters and Communication program.
Note: As this is near the end of the school session, our students are preparing for final exams; therefore, there will be more focus on review and exam preparation rather teaching new material.
Teacher candidates will also work in a volunteer capacity at the Morrin Centre. Its rich cultural history dates back to the 1800s. It is home to Canada’s first English literary and historical society, Québec’s first prison, and the site of Morrin College (affiliated with McGill University). Today, students and tourists have the opportunity to take guided tours in French or in English and learn about an important piece of Québec City’s English history. Visit http://www.morrin.org/ for more details.
You will have the opportunity to work in Canada’s two official languages on a daily basis.