French A level students Jarod Murton and Max Louis spent part of the Easter holidays on a five-day French A level preparation course at Le Verger in the Dordogne.
Long Road students have taken part in these courses for a number of years, and it is easy to see why they are so popular. Jarod explains:
“There were only six of us on the course, so it meant that we had ample opportunities to improve our French. Part of the day consisted of an intensive study period – either in the morning or the afternoon. We tidied up any areas of grammar which needed extra help, but also did lots of work using ‘real’ materials. I enjoyed studying local news stories, including one about a 14-year-old girl who carried out a hold-up at a bar. She was caught but her accomplice escaped on a bicycle! The rest of the day we visited local places. For example, we met the Mayor and also went to a supermarket to investigate unusual foodstuffs.
“After the course I went to Paris to see my French exchange partner, whom I first met on my school French exchange. It was taking part in this which persuaded me to take French A level. Also, my grandparents live in the south-west of France.
“The course at Le Verger gave me lots of confidence in both speaking and understanding, and I am really pleased that I took part.”
Photo above: Jarod is first left and Max third left. Also in the photo (top row, far right) is Michele Lambert, one of the hosts.