French and photography students have ‘magnifique’ time in Paris

4 April 2018

A-level French and BTEC Photography students from Pendleton Sixth Form College explore France, on an educational trip to Paris.

Students, accompanied by their teachers, spent three days in the capital where they were immersed in French culture, language and landscapes.

Photography students were able to capture the beauty of the city as part of their external unit, building their portfolio and practicing a range of photographical techniques.

On the other hand, A-level French students used the trip as an opportunity to learn more about the countries culture, and more importantly to use their language skills and put what they have learnt in college, into practice.

A-level French student, Trinity Mae Dore-Thomas, who previously studied at East Manchester Academy, said: “For a student interested in the French language and culture, I was directly able to immerse myself within it.

“We visited many famous sites such as the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Eiffel Tower. We got to put our French skills into practice by speaking with locals and it really allowed us to refine our listening and speaking. It was an amazing trip that I would recommend to all studying French.”

Students from the language course expressed some highlights of the trip which included seeing world-famous monuments and artefacts including the Eiffel Tower and Mona Lisa. They also enjoyed trying out the local cuisine.

Photography student, Owen Bennett, and former Bury Grammar School pupil, said: “Paris from a photography standpoint is an idyllic backdrop for artistic inspiration, justified by all the world-renowned creatives that it has nurtured. Exploring the streets at night informed and inspired my own photographic process in response to the external theme.

“The galleries and museums were also a standout for me, Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and works by Van Gogh definite high points.”

Natalie Kersh, Curriculum Leader for Humanities, and French language teacher, said: “All of the students enjoyed the trip from start to finish. They were enthusiastic and excited to embrace the French culture. A-level French students were all able to use their French speaking skills to converse with the locals in supermarkets, train stations and restaurants and even the photography students found themselves wanting to improve their French.

“They visited all of the famous monuments, museums and sites, saw displays and events for Paris Fashion Week, tried authentic French dishes and experienced the daily way of life. Students were able to see everyday examples related to the topics that they are studying as part of the new specification, such as French art, heritage and history.

“When students are studying a foreign language, the best way to develop their cultural knowledge and speaking and listening skills is to visit the country and hear the language used in context. This helps them to not only build confidence but also to gain a better understanding of the cultural differences that can be very different to their own.

“Experiencing everything that they are learning about in class brings the language to life and increases motivation to be a bigger part of culturally diverse societies. Some of the students have said that they would like to return to France to either study or work there in the future.”

Those on the trip also visited and photographed the Moulin Rouge, the Café des Deux Moulins, where the film Amélie was filmed and took a shopping trip to the Galeries Lafayette. They were able to explore the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and Notre-Dame Cathedral as well as the picturesque art area of Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, and much more.

If you are interested in studying at Pendleton Sixth Form College, A Centre of Academic Excellence, and would like to embrace unique opportunities like this one, apply now, or contact admissions on 0161 631 5000.

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