Last week, a class of English learners from Dijon in France joined our French learners from Ayrshire to take part in our exciting bilingual language summer school.
Our Scottish learners, from Stewarton and Dunlop, acted as host families for the young French children. The Scottish children have been learning French for the past year with Articulate Language Camps’ Stewarton French class and have developed a great understanding of the language.
Learners as young as 6 and as old as 12 were involved in this summer programme where everyone took part in themed morning language lessons and exciting cultural excursions in the afternoon. Our Scottish learners were great little tour guides for the visitors.
The mornings saw the campers creating treasure maps on Pirate Day, making shortbread and ‘tarte aux pommes’ on Little Cook Day, hunting for dragon eggs and rescuing princesses on Fairytale Day and travelling around the world on Scotland Day. Katie, 10, from Stewarton, really enjoyed the classes and learning with young French people. She said, “It was fun, educational and I really liked having a French student stay with us as we enjoyed getting to know someone from a different country”.
In the afternoons, our campers were out and about exploring everything Ayrshire and Glasgow had to offer. Our group games and activities strengthened their relationships and sport activities always conquer language barriers and borders to bring people together!
All the children involved had a brilliant week and even the parents thought it was a great opportunity for their little ones. Jane, who welcomed a French 11 year old into her home said, “Our children really enjoyed the summer school, which was made all the better as we had a French student staying with us. The children were exhausted but very happy at the end of each day as there were so many activities. Their French is coming along nicely too”.
An amazing week was had by all and there were lots of tears and hugs when the French children left at the weekend. It won’t be long though as they’ll be back next year! À l’année prochaine!
To find out more, contact Kara on 07791 698945 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.