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French Activity Weekend

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Yorkshire and the Humber

French Activity Weekend
23-25 April 2010

Leeds Met Language Ambassadors have been helping school students gain more confidence in French.
Seven level 2 French undergraduates attended an all French speaking activity weekend with pupils from Ermysted's Grammar School to help prepare them for their up-and-coming GCSE exams.

Taking place at Nell Bank Activity Centre, most of the French weekend was spent outdoors where Leeds Met Language Ambassadors took part in playing team games, which involved guiding blind-folded individuals across assault courses, as well as football and frisbee challenges.

Jointly organised by Leeds Met French lecturer Marion Lines and Clare Hudson from Ermysted's Grammar School, the project is part of Routes into Languages which aims to encourage language learning in local high schools.
As part of the project Leeds Metropolitan language students regularly help out providing the chance to use and improve their language skills.

Marion Lines commented: "Everyone has really enjoyed the activity weekend and the pupils have been very interactive. It's been a fantastic weekend where everyone involved, including our language students, has been challenged by being immersed for two days in the French language."

One Language Ambassador, Hayley Winnick, who attended the fun-packed French weekend said: "It's been a great experience and an ideal opportunity to practise my French knowledge and work with young people. I've learnt lots of new skills that I'll be able to use when I work as a teaching assistant in France next year - I wouldn't have been able to gain this valuable experience anywhere else."

Routes into Languages at Leeds Metropolitan provides the opportunity for our students to work with local schools on a variety of projects which goes towards helping to practise and enhance their language skills.