This post was published on the 23rd June 2009
Written by GCC User
Published in the staff blog
Thanks to generous funding from Aspire, we were able to take a group of students to Paris for 4 days in May.
The first day we checked into our hotel and then walked through the Jardin de Luxembourg to the Latin Quarter (famous for La Sorbonne and the Riots of 1968!) We then took the metro to Montmartre from where we climbed up the to the Basilique du Sacré Coeur to experience the spectacular views of Paris by night, including the iconic Eiffel Tower – magical that evening, decked out in golden lights.
This was an excellent opportunity for the students to experience France and French culture first hand. On visits to museums, galleries and monuments, they were able to use their French in authentic situations, developing both speaking and listening skills – excellent preparation for the orals the following week.
At the end of the trip comments from students included: “This visit has made my year”, “I hated French before, I love it now”.
Paris is beautiful at any time, but this time we were blessed with warm sunny days and balmy evenings – perfect! The students thought so too and they have produced a DVD as a record of their visit.