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11th Aug, 2022

Language students put speaking skills to the test in London

Sarah Mason 20th Mar, 2022

MODERN Language students put their skills to the test on a trip to London.

The A level French, German, Russian and Spanish students from Solihull Sixth Form College visited the capital to different cultures and cuisines instead of visiting the countries due to the pandemic.

The 33 students went on a tour of European and Latin American art in Tate Modern and to have a taste of some European and Latin American food at Borough Market.

At the Tate Modern, the students saw works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Gerhard Richter and Marcel Duchamp where tour guides encouraged the students to use some of their foreign language skills by speaking in the foreign language or by getting the students to translate words on the artworks.

In Borough Market, the students were set the task of finding and trying food from the country of their foreign language.

Deborah Smail-Ross, assistant curriculum leader for English and Modern Languages, said: “It was great to take students out of the classroom again and to give them authentic cultural experiences of the countries whose language they are studying.

“The students really enjoyed the trip, their first one since being in Year 9 or Year 10 and for many, it was also their first time in London.”

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