French Exchange in Solihull

A level French students from The Sixth Form College, Solihull met up with old friends last week as the return leg of an exchange with a French partner school took place.

Students visit Oxford

Our students visited the Lycée Renaudeau back in February and this month saw 22 students from the French school visit Solihull. The French students stayed with a Solihull student and attended College with them, including working with our students to help prepare them for their French oral examinations. They also went on a variety of visits out of College too.

Among the visits outside of College, the French group visited Cadbury World and had an official welcome with the Mayor of Solihull. Both groups of students visited Oxford for the day during the exchange too, where they enjoyed a tour of the city including sights that had been used for shooting some scenes from the Harry Potter films.

A visit to the Black Country Museum, Warwick Castle and Stratford were also some of the sights that the French students saw. The visit culminated with all the students going to a local restaurant, where the French students were exposed to fish and chips with bread and butter on the side!

Modern Foreign Languages teacher Deborah Smail-Ross commented:

“The students were all happy to see each other again after forming a bond during the first leg of the exchange in France last month. The return leg enabled the French students to brush up on their spoken English, just as our students improved their spoken French in February, so the exchange really has been mutually beneficial. Two of the French students had their birthday during the week, so there were some celebrations during the visit and some emotional scenes when the two groups eventually said their goodbyes at the end of a great week.”

31 March 2017