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Holidays in US Schools. Vocabulary. L’ école primaire Le collège Le lycée Des vacances /le congé Jour d'Action de Grâces Noël Pâques. Elementary school (or grade school, or primary school) Junior high or middle school High school Vacation or break Thanksgiving Christmas Easter.

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  • L’ écoleprimaire
  • Le collège
  • Le lycée
  • Des vacances/le congé
  • Jour d'Action de Grâces
  • Noël
  • Pâques
  • Elementary school (or grade school, or primary school)
  • Junior high or middle school
  • High school
  • Vacation or break
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Easter
french school system
French School System
  • When do you start school?
  • What are the different schools you attend?
  • When do you finish school?
vacations in french schools
Vacations in French Schools
  • What vacations do you get in French schools?
  • Do they include holidays?
  • How much time do you get off?
american holidays
American Holidays
  • How many can you name?
  • Which ones do you think American students get off school?
thanksgiving break
Thanksgiving Break
  • Always the last Thursday in November
  • Most schools get 2.5 days off: half day on Wednesday, no school Thursday and Friday
  • In college (university), students usually get a whole week off
christmas winter break
Christmas (Winter) Break
  • Most schools get 2 weeks off
  • Includes Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day: December 31 and January 1
  • In college, students usually get 3 or 4 weeks off
spring break
Spring Break
  • In primary and secondary education, usually includes Easter
  • Usually 1 week off
  • In college, spring break is usually before Easter and students don’t get any time off for Easter
summer break
Summer Break
  • Usually 3 months: part of May, all of June, all of July, part of August
  • College breaks are usually a little longer
  • You start a new grade after the summer break
  • Many students attend summer school
other holidays
Other holidays
  • 3rd Monday in January: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Washington’s Birthday/Presidents Day: 3rd Monday in February
  • Last Monday in May: Memorial Day
  • First Monday in September: Labor Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day
  • Most primary and secondary schools have these holidays off; many colleges do not
which do you prefer
Which do you prefer?
  • American vacations or French ones?