Senior School – Tile House Mansion – Languages

Summer Term News

When I wrote the MFL news last term we had just held the preliminary rounds of the Year 7 French Tongue Twister Trial. We have since held the grand final, and I have to say that all of our finalists did a great job with this tongue twister:

Il était une fois,
Une marchande de foie,
Qui vendait du foie,
Dans la ville de Foix.
Elle se dit ma foi,
C’est la première fois
Et la dernière fois,
Que je vends du foie,
Dans la ville de Foix.


Prizes were awarded to the following students:

  • Joint 3rd place: Adnan Qamar and Euan Dixte
  • 2nd place: Jonte Rosenstock
  • 1st place: Charlotte Morgan

It was an absolute delight to hear how their pronunciation and confidence has improved over the year and all of our finalists should be very proud of themselves.

Meanwhile in Spanish, some of our Year 8 pupils have worked hard to produce an entry for the annual Spanish Shelterbox Challenge. Students had to design the contents of a Shelterbox to be delivered to disaster zones, and justify their choices,in Spanish. It was great to hear the pupils debating what people might need following a hurricane, flood or earthquake and putting the videos together tested their level of Spanish and their creativity. Although we did not win any prizes this year, our pupils produced some very moving videos and hopefully we will be able to enter again next year.

Pupils in French and Spanish have been working on a series of film based language projects across year groups, which have opened their eyes to some incredible cinema from around the world. For some students it was the first time they had watched a subtitled film, and hopefully we have whetted their appetites. French students have seen a range of films, including “Belle et Sébastien” and “Les Choristes”. Year 9 students studied “Voces Innocentes” in Spanish, which is an emotionally charged film about the recruitment of child soldiers during the El Salvador civil war. All of these films are highly recommended by the languages department.

We have a lot to look forward to next term, and have some very exciting events planned for all of our students. Planning for the Normandy trip to Chateau de la Baudonnière is well underway and we are very excited about our first visit to this centre. We also have an MFL day in conjunction with other Cognita schools to look forward to in September.

We are very sad to be saying farewell to Mrs Barratt at the end of this term. She has worked so hard for the department and her dedication and determination will be missed by staff and students alike.

Finally, thank you to all of our students for your hard work this year, and we hope that everyone has a restful summer break,although a few minutes here and there on Memrise certainly wouldn’t hurt!


Mrs Langly

Teacher of French and Spanish

Akeley Wood Senior School

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