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MFL Debates Challenge Linguists

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

‘Brexit is the answer’, ‘Give me knowledge not money’, ‘Numbers are better than letters’ and ‘We need to halt the progress of technology’ were the challenging topics up for debate in French, Spanish or German at the MFL North West Debating Competition.

The addition of debating in a modern foreign language made these topics all the more interesting for the six Year 13 linguists who represented the Girls’ Division at the annual competition, this year held at Cheadle Hulme School. Isobel Birtwhistle and Ashleigh Meech debated in French, Ruchika Sharma and Eleanor Winters in German, and Aleena Dhokia and Victoria Cramer in Spanish.

The girls did an excellent job and each debate was closely fought. The Spanish team made it all the way to the semi-final and narrowly missed beating their opposition in a “Brexit” head-to-head.

Although Bolton School was not victorious on this occasion, the Sixth Form linguists enjoyed the challenge and have gained valuable skills for their oral examinations.

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Some of the girls who debated in French, German and Spanish at the competition

Some of the girls who debated in French, German and Spanish at the competition