On Wednesday, some of our French students got to spend a history-filled day at Edge Hill University. They attended some lectures on French colonialism and different aspects of immigration in France delivered by Dr Daniel Gordon from Edge Hill, Dr Ludivine Broch from Westminster University and Dr Tom Beaumont from Liverpool John Moores University.

They also attended workshops on how to analyse sources and on skills for employability before being given a tour of the campus. The historical aspects that were discussed are relevant to their A Level topics of patrimoine (heritage), immigration and manifestations et grèves (protests and strikes) but also gave them some very useful social and historical background for the study of the film “La Haine” as well as the book “L’Etranger”.

Students were also shown how invaluable the skills they are acquiring through studying French A Level were and how they will be able to utilize them later on at university regardless of the subject they will be studying.

Our students were inspired and have had new life breathed into the history aspects of their French A Level.

Merci Dr Gordon, Dr Broch and Dr Beaumont for a truly inspiring day. We are already looking forward to more collaboration with you.