Week 1: June 22 – June 26, Le théâtre / Theater
Week 2: June 29 – July 2 (4-day week), La bande dessinée / Comics!
Week 3: July 6 – July 10, Le Monde des Animaux / Animals and Their Habitats
Week 4: July 13 – July 17, Vive la Francophonie ! / The French Speaking World
Week 5: July 20 – July 24, La Magie et les Arts du Cirque / Magic and Circus Arts
Week 6: July 27 – July 31, Les Cuisines Francophones / Francophone Cuisine
Week 7: August 3 – August 7, Les Superhéros / Super Heroes
Week 8: August 10 – August 14, La Mode / Fashion Week
Week 9: August 17 – August 21, Les Chefs Pâtissiers / Pastry Chefs
Week 10: August 24 – August 28, Les Beaux-Arts / Fine Arts
Week 11: August 31 – September 4, La Musique Francophone / Music of the Francophone World
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.
SessionHalf-day session: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Full-day session: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Extended Day: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
With Early Bird Discount$333 per week
$540 per week
Full Price$370 per week
$600 per week
$125 per week
Week 2 is a 4-day week (no discounts apply); half-day session $296; full-day session $480, extended day $80.
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.
Calling all young actors! Theater encompasses a wide range of skills from embodying a character to interpretive movement and is an excellent medium through which to learn a language. Kids will move, shout and scream their way through imaginary spaces – what better way to make a word stick in their head than to act it out!
Week 2: La bande dessinée / Comics!
Tintin and Astérix are just a few of the characters in the wonderful world of French and Francophone comics. Kids will enrich their vocabulary and travel across time and space with this amazing literary genre. They will even get to create their very own comics!
Week 3: Le Monde des Animaux / Animals and their habitats
Learning to care for our planet involves discovering the incredible world of animals. Kids will learn about different species of animals and their habitats. From the meadows of France and the Boréale forests of Quebec to the jungles of Madagascar, animals in these environments all need our nurturing and protection. Planting the seed early helps children better understand and play a part in our ecosystem.
Week 4: Vive la Francophonie ! / French speaking world
French is spoken as an official language in many countries across the globe, known as the "Francophone world.” Kids will learn about the many vibrant cultures and dialects of French found in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. An amazing journey without leaving Boston!
Week 5: La Magie et les Arts du Cirque / Magic and Circus Arts
Prepare to be wowed by acts great and small, both magical and beautiful in this homage to the quatrième art. Kids will learn vocabulary through observation and movement as they discover tricks, illusions and acts to wow their audience!
Week 6: Les Cuisines Francophones / Francophone Cuisine
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 7: Les Superhéros / Superheroes
Discover the superpower in you and go out to save the world! Kids will create their own superhero alter ego and form a squad of superheroes so powerful they can change the world.
Week 8: La Mode / Fashion Week
Kids will use colors, textures, and textile prints to stylize their favorite outfits all while learning clothing-related vocabulary and words unique to fashion. Through techniques inspired by French fashion designers, older kids will stylize a photo shoot and create their own line of clothing and accessories.
Week 9: 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 recipe books.
Week 10: 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 many types of media and have their own vernissage (private art viewing) at the end of the week for parents to admire.
Week 11: 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.
A typical day during Pastry Chefs week
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)
Oral comprehension through movement
Outdoor games, snack
Kitchen crafts, role play with songs
Dismissal (full-day session) or Extended Day (optional)
- 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.
- Register before March 28 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 30. For 2 or more children for a minimum of 2 weeks before March 30, 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 Cultural Center permission to take photos of your child and understand that the French Cultural Center may use these photos for promotional purposes.