Catherine Montgomery's Tes article about the value of our French language immersion trips
10 Jan 2019, 10:41
Catherine Montgomery took her class of forty-nine 14-16 year olds to France on our Normandy Experience French language immersion trip. In her recently published article in TES, "Total immersion is the way to teach languages", she explains the educational value of our French language immersion programmes and shares her tips on running a successful French school trip.
- Make it clear to parents that their children will be speaking French all week when you first tell them about the trip. It’s a real selling point and will increase the uptake.
- Consider setting up the trip for students before they choose their GCSEs; the experience is more likely to motivate them to pick a foreign language as an option.
- Book with a travel company that specialises in immersion trips. We used Voyager School Travel, but there are plenty of options out there. Although there is an added cost to using a company, it reduces the pressure on you to organise everything, leaving you free to concentrate on teaching.
"Young people need to understand that language is a living thing"
"Immersion introduces students to a language in context" and Catherine believes that her experience of language immersion school trips with Voyager School Travel have been effective in increasing her students' confidence in speaking a second language, which Catherine acknowledges is a big hurdle in students' willingness and progress when learning a language.
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