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Investigative Learning

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At our summer Investigative Learning Camps, students ages 11-15 learn to think critically, consider new ideas, work together and have fun. These exciting themed camps are taught by Lycée Français de Chicago (LFC) teachers as well as by a team of experienced educators and professionals. 

Students split their day between morning classes in the track of their choice — Advanced English, Advanced French, Advanced German, or French as a second language — and adventurous afternoons in Chicago. Campers can decide to make their morning about language acquisition in French, or to follow an IB-inspired track that allows them to do their own research and dive deeper into the topic of the week using the language of their choice. Students projects can be based on audio, video or creative writing.  

Sessions/Themes Offered:

  • Session 1: Chicago 360, June 17–July 5, 2024 
  • Session 2: Young reporter, July 8–26, 2024 


7 students smiling in front of the silver Chicago Bean on a sunny day.

Daily Schedule

Mornings are for Research and Languages

Campers can elect to focus on language acquisition in French, or they can follow an IB-inspired "Creative Writing & Research" track that allows them to pick their own angle, do their own research and dive deeper into the topic of the session. This track requires proficiency in the chosen language, but campers can elect to do this in English, French or German.

Afternoons are for Field Study

Students from all tracks get together for a unique adventure in the city. Field trips may include visiting colleges, meeting with professionals in their field, visiting museums or city neighborhoods, meeting with editors of local newspapers, and so much more. Language spoken in the afternoon is English.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays will be specialized field trips directly in relation with the theme of the session. Tuesdays and Fridays are more relaxed days that typically include water park/sports on Tuesdays, and beach day with BBQ on Fridays.