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French Students Assist University Research

Friday, 12 September 2014

Over the summer holidays, three Sixth Form pupils were invited to assist Dr Ian Magedera of Liverpool University with his research.

Dr Magedera was the keynote speaker at the 2013 MFL Year 11 Languages Conference at Bolton School; he was impressed by the calibre of Bolton School’s students, and extended an invitation for A Level linguists from the Girls’ Division to assist him with his research. Lydia Hounat, Natasha Hall and Rachel Fines seized this great opportunity to enhance their skills with the French language.

At the end of last year, the three girls spent a day at Liverpool University with Miss Irvine, training with Dr Magedera to properly complete the required tasks for his research. The girls undertook advanced online searches for digital copies of books written in the French language about India, to be included in the bibliography for Dr Magedera’s project on Representations of India in French Literature and Culture from the mid-eighteenth century to the present.

“It was a really rewarding experience, which taught me a lot about how the French language has progressed and developed around the world. It was particularly interesting learning how French culture has influenced India,” Lydia said. “I also learned lots of skills through taking part – especially determination, as it took a lot of searching to find the right books.”

Dr Magedera was very pleased with the girls’ contributions. He has now published their findings online, with a public thanks at the start of the document. He hopes that the girls will be able to continue to assist his research in future, or will train a set of new Year 12 volunteers who are inspired to carry on this rewarding and fun opportunity.

Natasha said of her experience, “I’m very grateful to have been given this opportunity by Dr Magedera, since it’s enabled me to advance my abilities with the language. I’m proud to have made a contribution to the University of Liverpool’s research.”

More information on Dr Magedera’s project can be found here, and the current online version of the bibliography the girls contributed to can be accessed here.

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Lydia and Natasha took part in the research project

Lydia and Natasha took part in the research project