SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Students in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s French Department visited Montreal last weekend on a field trip. Attendees explored the countryside, ate French-Canadian cuisine, learned how maple syrup is made and did much more in a jam-packed, three-day trip.

Travelling via coach bus, the students embarked on an 8-hour drive across the border to Montreal. The entire trip was organized and orchestrated by a company called French on Location, which set up the group’s itinerary.

When the students arrived, tour guides were waiting to take them through Musee Stewart, a museum dedicated to Quebec’s history. Afterwards they ate at an authentic French-Canadian restaurant.

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A highlight of the trip was a scavenger hunt where students had to enter shops and ask questions in French. As many of the shop-owners didn’t speak English, it was a real-world opportunity to practice and reinforce their French language skills

The students also toured a maple syrup factory, visited the 1976 Summer Olympics stadium, and practiced playing the spoons, an instrument in Canadian folk music. The group used the metro to travel in between locations.

The trip involved 33 students, three chaperones, and a nurse. Fatiha Zaami, the high school French teacher, chaperoned the trip and reached out to the company.

“I had a lot of fun -- it was a tremendous pleasure to go with them,” exclaimed Zaami. “They experienced the culture. They tried everything and they had hands-on experiences. They did what a typical Quebecois would do.”