Students immersed in Spanish culture

Felpham students with their Spanish pen pals and the welcome sign they created
Felpham students with their Spanish pen pals and the welcome sign they created

A group of 40 Felpham Community College students immersed themselves in Spanish culture and language on a half-term trip.

The students, from various year groups, stayed in Jaén, Andalucía, where the students visited their pen pals, having been exchanging emails for the last few months.

The trip was an ideal opportunity to emphasise the importance of face-to-face communication and proved a brilliant and productive way to learn more of the language.

Megan Kincaid, a year-11 student, said: “Meeting with the pen pals was my favourite part of the trip, we managed to understand each other and I spoke lots of Spanish.

“I am studying Spanish for GCSE and I am now determined to get a good grade and study it at A level at FCC.”

The group took part in a range of activities and visits with their Spanish pen pals, including a day in a secondary school and a day trip to Granada, where they visited a science park.

The farewell party on the last evening was quite emotional but the students all promised to stay in touch.

Matthieu Cauchy-Duval, curriculum leader for modern languages, said: “Our students have really made the most of this fantastic opportunity. They all have spoken as much Spanish as they possibly could and will, hopefully, keep in touch with the Spanish students.

“All of this has helped develop their language skills and understanding of the Spanish culture.

“We are now busy planning the preparations for the FCC International Week, where we celebrate a wide variety of cultures and languages to celebrate the National European Day of Language.”

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