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A-Level French Students Assist University Research

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Year 12 A-Level French students Rachel Fines, Natasha Hall and Lydia Hounat have been invited to help Liverpool University’s Dr Ian Magedera with his research!

Dr Magedera came to school last November to deliver the keynote speech at the MFL Year 11 Languages Conference, and was very impressed with the calibre of the school’s linguists. He extended his invitation to the AS French students to help him in his work, and they in turn seized the opportunity to take on an intellectually stimulating and exciting challenge.

Rachel, Natasha and Lydia spent a day at Liverpool University with Miss Irvine being trained by Dr Magedera to carry out the research for his project on Representations of India in French Literature and Culture from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. The girls will be undertaking advanced online searches for digital copies of books written in the French language about India, dating back to 1754. Once they have submitted their findings to Dr Magedera they will be verified and published. More information on this project and the current online version of Dr Magedera's bibliography can be accessed here.

Following their training, the girls have committed to work on this project for 30 hours in their free time over the summer. They hope to train the next set of Year 12 volunteers who are inspired to carry on this rewarding and fun opportunity.

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Lydia Hounat and Natasha Hall at Liverpool University

Lydia Hounat and Natasha Hall at Liverpool University