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Score in French, 2010 Event

Score in French
9 April 2010
University of Southampton

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Event details

Around 280 pupils from 11 schools in the south took part in two days of football and French at University of Southampton on the 23 and 24 March as part of our successful Routes into Languages 'Score in French' project.

'Score in French' was piloted last year with six schools. Research showed it was so effective in increasing motivation in Year 8 pupils that it was decided to extend the project.

Score in French provides teachers with an extensive resource pack to teach French in relation to football. After using the materials in class, schools are invited to send teams to compete in a cross-curricular tournament, in which football playing, cheerleading in French and creating artwork linking French and football are integral parts. And indeed pupils who come to the tournaments enjoy an exciting, action-packed day with Modern Language students, who referee matches in French and involve the pupils in a range of pitch-side language activities.

Dr Ian McCall, the project designer, remarked: "The football theme and the tournaments give our students a fantastic opportunity to share their joy for language learning with school pupils and hopefully this will result in more pupils continuing studying languages and an increased number of excellent applicants for modern foreign languages teacher training courses."

This year schools came from across the region to compete and while the Tuesday trophy was taken by Hamble Community Sports College, a ‘home’ team, the Willink School were certainly pleased to have made the trip to Southampton when they headed back to Reading with the Wednesday trophy. Prizes for the winning teams were provided by Saints in the Community who have supported the project from the outset.

The Score in French resources are available free of charge to all schools and a slimmed-down version has been created in Spanish in time for the World Cup.

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