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Yorkshire and the Humber

Year 11 students at Wetherby have not only been practising their language skills and looking at French in the business world, but they have been participating in the production of a DVD, due for release in January 2010!!! Following the huge success of the Minsthorpe visit last year, it was decided to develop further this initiative and keep a visual record of the event for the school's website, to act as encouragement to future language learners in the school.

Thanks again must go to Hervé Povéda at Ancon for his welcoming manner and natural rapport with students. Again he made the world of business seem very accessible and students came away with really positive comments.

The film begins with preparatory work at the school and shows Janet Ireland (associate lecturer at the OU) interviewing students about why they are studying French, and how they feel when speaking to the natives. We then follow the journey to Sheffield and the presentation given in French. M Povéda is interviewed in both English and French about the importance of languages in the world of work.

Each student will be given a copy of the DVD as a reminder of the trip, but more importantly it is there to encourage others.

Comments included -

"I found this trip very useful and enjoyable - M. Povéda made it interesting and easy to absorb."
"I feel the day has helped with my confidence in speaking."
"M Povéda is friendly and enthusiastic. I have realised that learning a foreign language will help me in the future."