On the 27th November, 2013, four year ten pupils from Foyle College along with their teachers, Mrs C. Johnston and Mrs C. Lynch, travelled to the British Academy in London to receive an award for their languages project, learning French through storytelling.
Pupils have been involved in learning French through storytelling in Foyle for 7 years, and have worked on familiar stories such as “ le Navet Enorme” “ La chenille affamée” and “ Les trois petits cochons”. This is an innovative, effective and stress free way of language learning and pupils observed that they learnt the language without realizing it.
The French drama group, la Comedie Foylaise, was involved last year in a story workshop with pupils from Lumen Christi, but this year, the project entered a new phase – teaching French to teachers through storytelling. Pupils and teachers were involved in a story workshop working on the Hungry Caterpillar story in French; teachers commented that they were surprised how much French they learnt.
The British Academy is aiming to promote language learning in the UK and especially to increase the uptake of languages at Advanced level. This year, 12 schools from the UK were selected to receive an award of £4,000 towards the development of their project.
The actor, Larry Lamb, the BBC presenter Seema Pathan, Samir Singh , Community Development , Arsenal FC, and Wendy Berliner from the Guardian Newspaper, presented the awards, and the Ceremony was introduced by Professor Marian Hobson FBA .