Join a language club!

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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An event at the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Sir Peter Ricketts, Ambassador of Great Britain to France will be visiting Normandy on the 17th of September.

At this occasion, the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry Caen-Normandie would like to provide a unique opportunity for British businesses in Basse Normandie to meet and exchange with Sir Ricketts and representatives of UKTI.

All types and sizes of companies and sectors are welcome, from auto entrepreneurs to multinationals It is an opportunity to ask direct questions and exchange with the Ambassador about your business.

The Audience with the Ambassador will take place in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Caen Normandie on the 17th of September 2012 at 9.45am, followed by a cocktail lunch at Britline (member of the FBCCI and 5 minutes away) which will be also a social networking opportunity with both French and English companies. The event ends at 2.30 pm.

There is no charge for the day; however because of the nature of the event the places are limited.

If you would like to participate and ask your question(s) to Sir Peter Ricketts or to representatives of UKTI, followed by a social networking opportunity please send an email to Chris McManners:

Your mails will be treated from the 20th of August. Please register your interest before the 7th of September 2012. Please state in your mail your full name and contact details with details of your business and the questions that you wish to ask, which will allow them to be put into categories.

OrneLink is three years old

Last Saturday, we held our 4th Garden Party at the Hôtel du Département. Over 300 members were present to celebrate three years of the network with Alain Lambert and the OrneLink team.

The (un)Garden Party was held indoors because of the weather, but the barbecue was still a great success. Thanks to the Ludokiosque Association for running the children's workshop, and a round of applause to 'Poivre et Celte' (Chris Grisard, Camille Delepelaire and Robert Mockel) for their outstanding performance!

We hope you enjoyed the party as much as we did and we look forward to seeing you at a future event. OrneLink will be at the Courses du Pin in September, and organising a business event in the autumn... amongst other projects.

Click here for the Garden Party photos.

Click here for the answers to the game with the badges.

Have a lovely summer.

The 4th Garden Party

Invitations to the 4th OrneLink Garden Party are in the post and will be with you soon.

This year, the children's workshop is organised by the Ludokiosque association (making toys out of natural and recycled objects). There will also be a barbecue and music will be provided by the trio "Poivre et Celte".

If you would like to attend, please fill out our online response form. You do not need to let us know if you are unable to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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.

Thumbs up for OrneLink volunteers

Janet volunteers at Saint-Exupéry college in Alençon. Tavidado, the blog for teenagers in the department, went to see how English classes have changed now that Janet is there.

Read the article (in French) and see the 3 vidéos they made here.

And don't forget to contact us if you too are interested in volunteering at a shool near you. A HUGE thanks to the 17 volunteers who are helping out already!!

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