— 4 Jul 2023 16:19:09 by Kate Moore
The French programmes at our residentials centres are different that the average French school trip because they are led entirely in French by native-speaking instructors to create a truly immersive language experience which is shown to improve students' learning and confidence.
We asked Luke Woolnough, MFL Teacher at The Sweyne Park School, to explain the educational benefit and results he has observed with his French learners after a few days of language immersion at Château de la Baudonnière.
In particular, Luke noted that his students, ranging from year ten to sixth form, particularly improve their listening skills and learn an "awful lot" of vocabulary across different topics during their stay.
There is limited time for speaking in the classroom compared to a French residential remarks Luke, but while staying at Château de la Baudonnière "the pressure is off students and they like to show off their skills, and what they've learned".
Luke isn't the only teacher to observe the educational benefits of a language immersion trip with us. In an interview with Tes, Catherine Montgomery, French teacher at Thornhill College, shared her experience of our Normandy Experience French immersion trip.
In the article she explains how taking an immersive French language school trip with us has been an effective tool in increasing her students' confidence in speaking French, which she believes is "one of the most difficult aspects of learning a language".
By offering more opportunities for speaking and listening within a totally immersive setting, our language programmes cover more of the aims of the MFL Curriculum than a traditional school trip.