Paris Parle French language immersion case study

French language immersion and school exchange

Newick C of E Primary School enjoyed a language immersion and school exchange trip to Paris including a day at Disneyland Paris

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David Whelpton
What about the accommodation and travel?
“Overall the other staff said it was a really enjoyable trip, nothing went wrong which of course is a worry when taking 30 students abroad, it was all very smooth and they felt really supported by our animateur, Juju.”
KEY FACTS ABOUT THE TRIP
  • Dates: Mon 23rd to Thurs 26th May
  • Explorers Hotel Disneyland
  • Group size 27 paying & 5 free places
  • Year 6

Why we go to Paris on a school trip

The learning objectives are for the students to learn French, but it’s also a celebratory post-exam trip before the students go their separate ways after Year 6. We travel in May as this is when the students finish their SATs exams. Some of the pupils have never been abroad, so it’s a really good experience and opportunity for them to grow and have a better cultural understanding, plus it’s also great for the group dynamic.

Our animateur Juju was really good and the animateurs are what give these tours such great value. He was excellent with the students, he was seen as cool and fun - the students respond differently to him than how they would with the teachers. Before each meal he would go through the cutlery items in French with the group and telling the students how to ask if they would like more food or drink in French.

As well as speaking French to the group, he would liaise with the coaches about timings and meeting points. Because he was so experienced, Juju would know how much time for each visit and if you could achieve what you wanted to see in say 3 hours. It meant we could maximise our time in each place.

Trip highlights include the Eiffel Tower. Pupils thought they knew what to expect, but it was so much more than what they were anticipating. Some were scared by the height, so it was a challenge, but they were proud of themselves when they reached  the top and overcame things they didn’t think they could do.

The aqualboulevard waterpark, which they had to themselves and the bateaux mouche trip to see the sights were also highlights.

On the last day the students were given an ice cream break and set the task to identify the flavour they wanted - they all confidently asked for their own ice creams in French! They were also given the freedom to go shopping on their own in the Artist Quarter, a safe street with teachers at each end. A wonderful way to round off the trip.

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What about the accommodation?

“We tend to stay at the Explorers Hotel, Disneyland which suits us location wise, the rooms are nice, the swimming pool is great and the food options are good - there’s a good balance of dishes and there are options for those who want to be more adventurous!”

“We travel by Eurostar as it is massively convenient to where we are located - it means no changes and a nice smooth journey.”

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What were the Learning Outcomes from the trip?

“The learning outcomes are that the students come back a lot more confident - the learning French is almost a bi-product. It gives them a real chance for growth. Some students who were nervous about going were blase after 3 days. It was a chance for them to test themselves and grow in a safe environment.”

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Why do you choose to travel with Voyager?

“We choose to travel with Voyager as we have a long established relationship and we both know what to expect from each other.”

“The best part of the service I would say are the animateurs - they are a strong point and they are what give these tours such great value!”

Headline Itinerary

Day 1

Eurostar to Paris, coach to hotel and meet Juju your Animateur, Evening Ents.

Day 2

Pool time, French School exchange.

Day 3

City coach tour, Eiffel Tower, Bateaux Mouches, Notre Dame, Tuillerie Gardens, Evening Ents with Juju.

Day 4

Aquaboulevard, Montmartre & Sacre Coeur, return to UK via Eurostar.

Included in the £322pp price?

  • 5 free places based on 27 paying students
  • Return Eurostar travel
  • Coach hire in Paris
  • 3 nights full board at Explorers Hotel, Disney
  • Full time Animateur to accompany group
  • French school visit & excursion entrances
  • Insurance

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