Bolton School Sixth Form Girls

A Level Students Become French Researchers

Year 12 A level French students Connie Eyles, Louise Fairclough, Aliya Jiva and Amba Karsondas were recently selected to assist Dr Ian Magedera on his research project on Representations of India in French Literature and Culture from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. The four students spent a day at Liverpool University with Miss Irvine so that Dr Magadera could train them to carry out the research.

Dr Magedera delivered the Keynote Speech at the MFL Year 11 Languages Conference in November 2013 and was impressed with the calibre of Bolton School’s linguists. He extended his invitation to AS French students to help him in his work, and the girls in turn seized the opportunity to take on an intellectually stimulating and exciting challenge. Last year’s team consisted of Rachel Fines, Lydia Hounat and Natasha Hall, who completed the work brilliantly and have been publically acknowledged as contributors on the website.

Connie, Louise, Aliya and Amba have committed to work on the project for 30 hours during their free time over the summer. They will be undertaking advanced online searches for digital copies of books written in the French language about India, dating back to 1754. Once they have submitted their findings to Dr Magedera they will be verified and published.

The current online version of his bibliography and more information about his project can be viewed online here.

Dr Magedera with Connie, Louise, Amba and Aliya

Dr Magedera with Connie, Louise, Amba and Aliya