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Friday, 29 January 2016
Students across Bolton School’s Sixth Form stretched their linguistics skills with the annual French conference. Pupils studying A Level French in both Divisions came together for a series of sessions with Richard Peltier from Français Facile, and each year group spent half a day talking about a range of topics in French.
Richard is a native French speaker who has spent many years delivering conferences of this kind to GCSE and A Level students. In the morning, he spoke to Year 13 on three different subjects, all of which were quite challenging: ‘Immigration and Europe’, ‘Should we or should we not help poorer countries?’ and ‘Medical and bioethical progress’. These mature subjects really helped the pupils to expand their debating skills in French as well as improving their vocabulary and understanding of complex topics.
Later in the day, Richard delivered a further three presentations to Year 12 pupils, talking to them about a diverse range of issues that impact young people. The afternoon’s topics were: ‘Living alone or with someone?’, ‘Alcohol, tobacco and drugs amongst young people’ and ‘Mobiles, Facebook, iPads – where are we heading with these?’ The students were really interested in joining the debate about these subjects and were able to bring lots of ideas to the table.
Throughout the conference, Richard encouraged the Sixth Form to discuss the issues with each other and to both ask and answer questions, as well as listening to his presentations.
The conference was arranged by the Girls’ Division Head of French, Mr Fico, who said: “All of the students enjoyed the day and thought it was very beneficial for their exams. The topics matched the AQA specification which the students are following, so the day will have given them food for thought and the opportunity to discuss these.”
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