A balanced programme will divide your group's time between French lessons, activities, excursions and evening ents. We make sure we take into account the age and ability of your pupils, as well as your own aims, preferences, and the experience of our management team in delivering successful programmes.
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Over the last nine years, our experienced native French teachers have developed over 500 different games, exercises and activities to motivate pupils of all different ages and abilities. We also help the pupils write their French daily journal, and encourage them to speak French in the evenings and during meals times, when we eat in French style!
Here is a statement from our french teachers Benedicte Lechattellier, Sophie Lebailly and Sophie Laisney.
Une pédagogie différente de celle de l’Angleterre et comme nulle part ailleurs qui se veut essentiellement ludique et basée sur l’oral.
« Ici, on apprend en s’amusant ! »
Au Château, l’apprentissage du français se fait par le biais du besoin, du plaisir et de la détente.
En effet, le but premier de cette approche est de décomplexer les enfants, de les familiariser et de leur donner confiance en eux pour parler la langue française.
La plupart arrivent timides et sans automatisme mais au cours des séances, les enfants prennent très vite confiance en eux et participent avec enthousiasme.
Avant : « Le français, c’est difficile ! »
Après : « Au Château, c’est facile et on s’amuse bien ! »
En jouant, les enfants oublient qu’ils apprennent ; Ils sont alors séduits et ont envie de renouveler l’expérience.
Il ne me reste plus qu’à vous dire : « Venez nous rejoindre et laissez vous tenter par notre méthode …vous serez agréablement surpris! »
Activities include: » VTT (Mountain Biking) » Escalade (Climbing) » Parcours de Santé (Assault Course) » Tir a L'arc (Archery) » Orientation (Orienteering) » Parcours de Sante (Assault Course) » Photogramme (Photography) » Escrime (Fencing) » Fabrication du Pain (Bread Making) » Exercise d’Initiative (Initiative Exercises) » et Kayak (Canoeing) » Mini beast Safari (Nature Trail).
Each activity concentrates on a specific area of French language (eg Escalade = body parts and movement commands) and includes a formal language de-briefing. For a fuller description of each activity and to find out how French is incorporated within each one, click here.
Our Evening Programme includes: » La Tournoi (Floodlit Football, Basketball and Volleyball) » Campfire with singsong and marshmallows » Mini Olympics » Our famous french evening (pupils are encouraged to bring some french fancy dress) » Our renowned last night talent show. Bad weather evening options include: » Indoor initiative » Bingo » Quizzes » French film.
The Normandy beaches, town of Bayeaux (and its internationally famed tapestry), Le Mont St. Michel, local farms, zoo and typically French markets are all less than 30 minutes from our idyllic chateau setting. Groups normally spend two or three half days on excursions to any of these exciting destinations.
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"For eight years now I have run various trips to the Château de la Baudonnière. Initially I would take up to 90 Year 7 students for a week in July and I remember fondly my first visit, and how impressed I was with all aspects of the Château and its fantastic staff team. Every Easter I have continued to take Sixth Form students to the Château, and it remains an incredibly popular and integral part of the course. Students have undertaken visits to local lycées, les mairies, regional hospitals, the law courts, the university of Caen, radio stations and homeless centres. Whilst at these places they have had the opportunity to conduct questionnaires or ask specific questions applicable to their presentation work. I have always set aside the last day of the trip for a full blown mock oral examination. With the help of the Château staff it is possible to devote anything up to an hour with individual candidates. Students would prepare for the exam just as they w...
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