Friday, 27 January 2017
Students in Years 12 and 13 improved their language skills at the annual joint French conference for Bolton School Sixth Form students, presented by Richard Peltier of Français Facile. Each year group spent three sessions with Richard, Year 13 in the morning and Year 12 in the afternoon, and a variety of topics were discussed.
The conference was interactive throughout, allowing the students to discuss issues together and to answer questions with Richard as well as listening to his presentations on the themes. The conference was tailored to the students’ A Level learning so that they go the maximum benefit from their time.
Year 12 spent a session talking about a French charity: Les restaurants du Coeur. They also worked on the subject of diversity in contemporary French-speaking music, and focused on several French-speaking music artists.
The topics for Year 13 were more mature. They discussed immigration and Europe; poverty, what it is, and who is responsible; and whether prison is a real solution.
The Sixth Form students tackled all of these challenging topics admirably and were able to talk together and with Richard about the issues involved in some depth.
Girls’ Division Head of French Mr Fico, who organised the conference, said, “All the students enjoyed the day and thought it was very beneficial for their exams. The topics above 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. I was particularly impressed with the Year 12 students who took part throughout their sessions.”
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