Last Friday was a very exciting day here at d’Overbroeck’s 7-11, as our Year 9 French pen pals from the Institut Stanislas in Cannes came to visit us. The group had been staying in Oxford and, as part of their four day tour to England, had ‘saved the best for last’ by attending lessons here at school on their final day. They were able to study a range of subjects at levels which were spread throughout all year groups. They attended History, Maths, PD, REP and English lessons to name a few.
The French students were very excited to visit an English school and to attend lessons in a different language. They found it challenging at times, but they had a great time, and even learned a few things! They noticed differences in the ways they are taught in France, and they particularly enjoyed learning through fun activities and working in groups. They commented on the friendly relationships between students and teachers, and one student even said ‘English students are better at Art than French students!’ Sadly, subjects like Art, Music and Drama are not options you can take at GCSE level in France, so, without generalising, there might be some truth in that then!
Our own students really enjoyed the opportunity of having French pupils in their lessons and were very supportive and we as teachers saw some excellent collaborative work. Having watched them all study together, even if they didn’t speak the same language, it was a fantastic experience! Our Year 9s also had the opportunity to meet their pen pals in person and were able to chat and get to know them better before and after lessons.
We truly hope that this will motivate our students to take part in exchanges abroad in the future, as we believe they are such rewarding experiences. We are also very much looking forward to our visit of the Institut Stanislas in June!
The MFL Department