New! French school exchange programme at our residential centres
17 May 2022, 11:15 by Kate Moore
School groups staying at the Chateau and Moulin now have the chance to interact with visiting French school groups.
Read about how an innovation, borne out of the pandemic, became a permanent fixture at our French centres and how your learners could benefit.
What are French school children doing at Voyager's centres in France?
As with British school groups, French children were not able to travel abroad during the pandemic meaning they had little opportunity to practise the language in an authentic 'English' setting.
And so while British schools weren't able to stay with us, we introduced a new English language immersion programme to our French residential centres for French school children.
Based at Voyager School Travel's Château de la Baudonnière centre in Normandy, and Moulin aux Draps centre in Northern France, our English immersion programme used the same teaching principles as our French programme:
- Immerse children in the target language and culture to improve listening skills, vocabulary and pronunciation
- Provide opportunities to use the language in a real-world setting so that students see the benefits of learning a second language and enjoy the experience of understanding and being understood in a different language
We also introduced new cultural activities such as learning the rules of cricket, making a traditional cream tea and using sterling at the tuck shop, to create an authentic English experience.
The English language programme is set to become a permanent fixture at the Château and Moulin centres
The English Manor programme has proved incredibly popular with French school groups, even though travel restrictions have now been lifted. This is because only a small proportion of children in the EU have a passport and our Brexit rules prevent EU school groups from visiting Britain on their ID card - as they could before.
The benefits for UK school groups staying at our French centres
Now we are hosting school groups from both the EU and the UK we have added an exciting new 'exchange' option to our language programme. So, as British school groups return to the Château and Moulin aux Draps they have the chance to meet their French peers and work together on an on-site activity during their stay. Just contact us to check the availability of our French exchange programme when your group is staying.
Château de la Baudonnière featured on French TV
Our first French school visited the Château in May 2021 and a French TV news crew were there to capture it!
A news crew from France.tv filmed the Château's reopening, spending the day with a school group from Collège du Sacré-Coeur, Domfront en Poiraie on their English language programme. The news report featured an interview with our Château manager Darren as well as staff and students from the school.