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French lessons with a difference for students

FRENCH lessons came alive for Felpham Community College students.


The college welcomed 27 pupils from St Maur des Fosses, one of the twin towns of Bognor Regis.


The visiting students spent a day at the college as part of their European options course – extra English lessons and the chance to study some of their subjects in English.


Matthieu Cauchy-Duval, an associate assistant headteacher at the college, said: “It was great to see our students so keen to communicate with the French students. The Felpham students were genuinely fascinated by learning more about their French buddies.


“This kind of initiative is particularly beneficial for our students’ confidence in speaking the language.


“Our main objective as languages teachers is to instigate an interest in the culture of the country studied.


“This has proved very successful as all students and staff were extremely positive about the day.”


The French visitors were paired with Felpham students who had chosen French in their GCSE options.


As well as shadowing normal lessons, everyone took part in a variety of team-building actitivies, encouraging all students to use their language skills.


Oliver Page, a Year 10 student at Felpham, said the visitors were good fun and seemed to enjoy the day.


“I am taking French GCSE and it was a good opportunity to have a go with my speaking and vocabulary.We did a number of activities like charades and quizzes to get to know each other and the students also shadowed us for lessons,” he said.

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