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Linton students discover French for ‘mud’




Kylah Jacobs
Kylah Jacobs

French GCSE students at Linton Village College put their language skills to the test during a recent trip to Normandy.

The week-long visit to the Château de la Baudonnière saw the pupils take part in a range of activities, including archery, bread making, fencing and an assault course, pictured above, with one catch – instructions were only given in French.

Mila Ottevanger and Mariam Elnmroti
Mila Ottevanger and Mariam Elnmroti

Rebecca Dowling, trip leader, said: “Many pupils were surprised at how much more French they could understand by the end of the week.”

Duncan Keys, student support worker, said: “They spent the whole week immersed in the French language and, from breakfast to bedtime, only French was spoken and heard.”

One student, Kylah Jacobs, age 14, said: “The parcours de santé (assault course) was our favourite activity by far even though we didn’t feel that way at the time!”

*The French word for mud is boue.

Kylah Jacobs and Aliyah Spacey-Smith
Kylah Jacobs and Aliyah Spacey-Smith


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