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About Us

About the Camp

FrancoZone Summer Camp was established by an Alberta-qualified teacher to cater to the growing needs of the French Immersion population of Calgary. Instead of only focusing on grammar and vocabulary, FrancoZone immerses students in a creative environment and teaches them interesting and useful lessons through exploration and play. ALL IN FRENCH.

A note on our French Immersion methodology

Second-language learning can often be difficult, especially in a classroom, where real-life situations rarely occur. FrancoZone immerses students in real-life situations that allow them to think, act and solve problems in French. Mornings are devoted to vocabulary and concepts that will then be used for hands-on activities. By allowing students to work in groups to solve problems that are fun and interesting, they begin to speak — and even think –in French.

Mission

Children are inherently interested in the world around them, from science to language. Over time, this interest wanes. The mission of FrancoZone is therefore twofold:

  1. To foster a love for the French language and improve students’ use of the language
  2. To foster a love for learning and exploration

About the Founder

Hi, my name is Eric Shalom. I grew up in a bilingual household, just outside of Montréal, Québec. Since I’ve been 13, camps have been an integral part of my life. I first attended them, then worked at them and now, started my own camp. Throughout my undergraduate years, I worked at an English Immersion Camp, near Montréal. I also worked at other camps, including the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation camps.

During this time, I also pursued education, first obtaining a bachelor’s degree in history, and then going on to a Master’s degree in political science. After working at the Embassy of Afghanistan during Canada’s involvement in that country, I pursued a law degree and worked at the Supreme Court of Canada. Being a junior member at the Supreme Court, I was sometimes tasked with welcoming school groups. Eventually I became more passionate about trying to teach the students law than I did about law itself. This led me to pursue an education degree with the goal of eventually starting my own camp. Since then, I have been working as a teacher in French Immersion while simultaneously running this camp.

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