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Part of OrneLink’s remit is to facilitate social and linguistic exchange between members. Many expat members of the network would like to improve their French; but lessons can be costly, inconvenient and hard to stick at. There are also many French members who would love the opportunity to practice or improve their English.

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Des jeunes à l’heure anglaise

You may have seen this article in the latest edition of Orne Magazine. Here's the translation for those of you who struggled with the French version!

There is a whole host of initiatives being launched in secondary schools across Orne, giving young people a brand new way to improve their English. Report.
The snow wasn't enough to put off Brenda Glanfield, who arrived just in time for a special session at Collège Foch in L'Aigle. Just over a year ago, she joined OrneLink, the first departmental Anglo-French network in France, created on the initiative of Alain Lambert, President of Orne Council. She soon signed up to the voluntary taskforce, created in 2010 "to work with young people" as she says.
Brenda admits, "I like being with children, being able to help them. It's just something I love doing."
She works in tandem with Valérie Lecleir, the English teacher. ”We communicate via e-mail to prepare the sessions,” say the pair, who are full of ideas on how to get their students more interested. The students, as Xavier Dufeu the headmaster confirms, all attend on a voluntary basis.
Songs and board games are just two examples of the many ways in which the pair get students talking and improving their language skills in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. When asked to describe their experience, Simon, Romain and Noémie, three students in their third year at the Collège, say "We are all on the same level, there's no pressure, no notes to take, and it's easier to have you say."
The students are already more at ease, even back in the classroom. "Brenda corrects us straight away when we make a mistake or pronounce something wrong," says a delighted Simon, just after winning at a special game of snakes and ladders.
These students know just how important it is to speak good English, you can really feel their determination. They've been well and truly won over by the freedom and general good humour they find at these sessions. "We've really learnt something," they add with a smile.
Valérie Lecleir wanted to try something different and decided to contact Brenda Glanfield. With a great deal of patience, a lot of respect and much generosity, the two ladies have really made sure English remains a thoroughly modern language!

A different take on English
Tailor-made solutions from OrneLink
- Lessons: find a native English-speaking teacher or a language school.
- Language clubs: informal get-togethers for every age group.
- English-speaking activities and events: art lessons, drama classes and so on.
- The Orne “business club”: contacts, partnerships, meetups and advice.

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