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Projector: French GCSE Study Morning (La Cour de Babel)

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Tuesday, 4 November, 2014 - 00:00
Event Type: 
North West
Cornerhouse, Manchester

GCSE Study Morning: La Cour de Babel

Tuesday 4th November 2014

10:00 - 13:00

Recommended for GCSE and equivalent level French

£6 per student, 158 places

Doors open to school groups: 09:45


Led by Isabelle Vanderschelden, Head of French at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Projector is a collaboration project between Routes into Languages NW and Cornerhouse Manchester. This is a year-round education programme, which uses film, moving image and contemporary art to enrich students’ learning and bring innovation to the classroom. Throughout the year we have a variety of MFL study sessions specially programmed to support GCSE students of French, German, Spanish and Urdu, all led by native language speakers.


Each of our study sessions use film as an exciting and accessible way to encourage students to use their language skills. Students will enjoy a specially selected film, screened in the target language with English subtitles. Sessions are supported by contextualising introductions, which provide information about the themes and characters of the film along with information about the film's director and place within film history and culture. Following the film, students complete language exercises based on the film using their new vocabulary.


Films are selected to complement GCSE specifications and provide excellent material for topic-based work and oral exam preparation.


This study morning will address the themes of language learning and education in culturally diverse classrooms in France.


Isabelle Vanderschelden will introduce the film in English with some key French phrases and vocabulary. The screening will include English subtitles and will be followed by a series of French language exercises based on the film and its characters.



La Cour de Babel (School of Babel) (cert TBC)

Dir Julie Bertuccelli / France 2014 /

89 mins / In French with English Subtitles


For a year, director Julie Bertuccelli followed the life of a class in a Parisian high school, which welcomes non-French speaking students aged between 11 and 15 who have recently arrived in France. The result is a lively and sensitive documentary that introduces 24 students of different nationalities whose aim is to learn to speak French but also to live together, sharing experiences and enriching each other’s lives.


For more information about any of the study sessions, please visit or email