Failing to go to England, these college students visit the most English village in France

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On this beautiful sunny Tuesday, the streets of Eymet resonate with the clear and calm voice of Philippa Tyler telling the story of the bastide in the language of Shakespeare to a group of college students, who came…

On this beautiful sunny Tuesday, the streets of Eymet resound with the clear and calm voice of Philippa Tyler telling the story of the bastide in the language of Shakespeare to a group of college students, who have come from Saujon (Charente-Maritime) for an immersion linguistics in English.

Brexit is good for school tourism in France! “Indeed, explains Christelle Mahet, one of the accompanying English teachers, we usually did a language trip on the other side of the Channel. But with the Covid and Brexit especially, the organization has become so complicated that we have thought about a plan B. And here we are in Eymet”. Why Eymet?

“So British” day

“We had the idea of ​​looking on the Internet for the most English village in France and it was the name of Eymet that appeared. Also with the ACFAA website [NDLR : Association culturelle franco-anglaise d’Aquitaine] “, adds the teacher. After contacting Claire Riley, the president, and Michel Moreau, the vice-president, everything happened quickly.

After stopping in Aubeterre-sur-Dronne (Charente) to visit its unmissable troglodyte church and taste its fish and chips, all in English, the college students arrived in Dordogne for a busy stay. They discovered the turbulent and oh so fascinating history of the bastides and the 100 years war while improving their English. Philippa Tyler knew how to put herself within the reach of young people by articulating carefully to facilitate understanding.

During their stay, the young people also had a picnic at the Col de Pouthet in the company of the president of the local cricket club, who had come to present this sport so popular with Anglo-Saxons. Finally, « we ended this very British day with a delicious cream tea at the Roses tea room and a bit of shopping for some », concludes Gaëlle Joubert, the second accompanying teacher.

Have the young people made progress? “Certainly yes! »

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