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New Languages Day for Boys

Tuesday, 08 February 2011

The whole of the Boys' Division Year 9 took part in an inaugural languages day designed to ignite a love for languages and show them how useful language skills are for the future.

As part of the day, Guest French speaker Richard Peltier presented a varied programme of activities including a presentation dispelling the myth that everyone speaks English (in fact 4/5 of the world's population does not). He spoke to the boys about the origins of English, the links between English and French and the importance of languages for future employment. He tested listening skills through entertaining French advertisements and made the learning interactive by involving the boys with questions, getting them to hold up answer cards and encouraging them to play the French version of Family fortunes.

Elsewhere, using the linguistic expertise of current staff, pupils learnt Italian, Spanish and Ancient Greek for the first time through classroom taster sessions.

Head of French, Carl Robson, said: "We were delighted to welcome Richard Peltier back to talk to our year 9s extolling the virtues of MFL study and its importance to them in later life. We wanted to give our pupils an opportunity to learn new languages for the first time. The day was a great success and we hope to repeat the experience next year."









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