Sixth Form French Immersion Day
Tuesday, 04 February 2014
Sixth Form boys and girls taking French to A-Level enjoyed a treat at the Arts Centre in the form of a French Immersion Day. The event was arranged by Mr Christophe Fico, one of the Girls’ Division French teachers, to allow students to enrich their vocabulary and consolidate their listening skills, as well as contribute and participate to some short debates in French.
Mr Fico arranged for guest speaker Richard Peltier, a French national with extensive experience of delivering conferences to pupils taking GCSE, A2 and AS French, as well as to teachers of French. He spoke to the pupils on a wide range of complex topics related to the French A-Level.
In the morning, Mr Peltier presented the Year 13 French students with three workshops: ‘Immigration and Europe’, ‘Should we help poorer countries?’ and ‘Medical progress and ethical issues’. After a short presentation on each topic, the pupils were encouraged to debate big issues – such as discussing the question, “Who should help the poorer countries?” This is a challenging line of enquiry to address even in English, and stretched the students’ ability to draw conclusions and articulate their ideas in French.
In the afternoon, Year 12 joined Mr Peltier in the Arts Centre. The format of the afternoon was similar, with a further three workshops. However, instead of discussing world-wide issues, the afternoon was focused on issues that relate more directly to young people: ‘Living alone or with someone’, ‘Mobiles, i-pods, social networks - what's next?’ and ‘Alcohol, tobacco and drugs amongst young people’.
Mr Peltier presented the Year 12 students with questions to discuss, asking them "What is the point of i-pads in schools?" and "Why do young people drink or smoke?" Through these questions, they were able to debate the topics he had presented to them and put forward their own thoughts on the subject matter.