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Inaugural Trip to Normandy Boosts French Classroom Confidence

Twenty four Newton Abbot College French language students travelled to a château in Normandy in March to take part in a week-long, immersive language experience. 

Staying in Château de la Baudonnière in northern France for the inaugural trip of its kind, students were thrown into the experience, being spoken to solely in the native language. Students augmented their vocabulary knowledge through organised activities including archery, aeroball, fencing, bread making, treasure hunts, quizzes and talent shows. 

Students tried the local cuisine......including snails
Students tried the local cuisine......including snails

As well as château-based activities, students were also able to visit local sights including French markets, the Bayeux War Cemetery and Mont St Michel, as well as trying local cuisine including pastries and snails. 

Activities included aeroball and archery
Activities included aeroball and archery

The trip was a resounding success, as trip leader and Teacher of French, Charlotte Pollard, explained: “In all my years at Newton Abbot College, I have never taken away a group of such lovely students. They really threw themselves into every task and activity presented to them and, as a result, their confidence and understanding of the French language has seen great progress. This was a fantastic combination of opportunities for our students; not only did they have the chance to experience a new culture and take part in different activities, but they have also grown in their knowledge in both speaking and listening to the French language. As a result of the success of this trip, we have already booked for 2020!”