Jour de la Francophonie! at Aston University

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Wednesday 5th March 2014 was the first in a series of Routes into Languages cultural events in collaboration with Networks for Languages and the Centre for Language Education Research at Aston University (CLERA).

The event was for Year 8 pupils and featured three workshops from final year students and native speakers from French speaking countries around the world. The countries covered were Belgium, Congo and Martinique.

The aim of the event was to show French as a world language and inspire pupils to continue studying French at school and beyond.

We were fortunate to have Yves Letournel who came from the Cultural department of the French Embassy to talk to the teachers while the students were enjoying their workshops. Yves was also responsible for judging the best poster created by the pupils and award prizes.

The event was a great success: sixty pupils and ten teachers from local schools turned up on the day.

Many thanks to Jenny Price and Elpiniki Lamproglou for leading the event; to Yves Letournel for his time, generosity and dynamism for the teachers; to the student ambassadors for running the workshops and of course to all the pupils and teachers who made the effort to come.

We hope to repeat the event next year.

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