More to follow on this shortly but we’re delighted to announce that we’ve established a partnership with one of our local primary schools (Braehead Primary in Stirling) which means that, starting from this year, one of our students during their time abroad (whether Study Abroad or assistantship) will keep in touch with Braehead’s Primary 5 pupils to tell them all about their experiences in France. We’re particularly pleased that the first Stirling student to be working with us on this partnership, Emma Goodall-Copestake, also happens to be the first student we’re sending to our new partner institution, the Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand.
The partnership came about through conversations between Fiona Buckland in our International Office, French Programme Director Cristina Johnston and Jean-Michel DesJacques, our French Language Coordinator, and Braehead teacher Christopher French, and we’re looking forward to seeing how it develops over the months and years ahead. Pupils at the school are extremely excited about the project and, for Christopher French, offering the opportunity for students to share their experience of studying abroad with the classes will enhance our pupils’ awareness of daily life in France and French culture. Introducing new perspectives and enhancing the children’s knowledge of language in practice as a relevant and contextual skill is a key aim of the link up from our perspective. We were very excited to meet Emma and are looking forward to sending her our questions and Skyping her to see how she is getting on.’