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Undergraduates who want to improve their French and deepen their understanding of Quebec culture and history have a chance to do so this summer, thanks to an innovative course offered by the newly-created McGill Quebec Studies Summer Institute (MQSSI).
The MQSSI is offering a five-week, six-credit course beginning May 29 that will fold specialized instruction in French as a second language into a multidisciplinary curriculum covering Quebec Studies topics such as French-Native relations, the Quiet Revolution and Quebec literature and cinema.
“We wanted to make it a unique experience,” said Stéphan Gervais, coordinator of McGill’s Quebec Studies Program, which developed the course in concert with Summer Studies and the English and French Language Centre. “The idea is to see Quebec as a multidisciplinary object of study. We believe this is an approach that will get students to become more curious about Quebec and possibly lead students to pursue Quebec Studies further.”
Gervais said the inspiration for the summer course came from previous successes with a multidisciplinary class on Quebec native issues as well as from the work of Prof. Hélène Poulin-Mignault, who has developed highly effective techniques for teaching French as a second language in McGill’s English and French Language Centre.
The course will be team-taught by Poulin-Mignault and McGill history professor Louis-Raphaël Pelletier, but it will also bring together leading scholars in anthropology, archaeology, political science and literary studies, as well as Quebec cultural figures, Gervais said.
To take part in the course students must have an intermediate level of French. Students interested in applying should act soon, Gervais said, as the registration deadline is March 30 and enrollment has been limited to 25 spots since “we want it to be as interactive as possible.”
For more information, including dates, fees, registration process, contact Stéphan Gervais, stephan.gervais mcgill.ca, 514- 398-3960, or visit mcgill.ca/summer/special/quebecstudies