French Language Detectives

for secondary schools

 

4 days from £214 per person

  • French Language Trip for Schools : Tour of Paris
  • French Language Trip for Schools : Excursions in Paris
  • French Language Trip for Schools : Interact with native speakers

J’aime bien parler français au marché, au café...partout!

Our French Language Detectives course is a great way to add even more value to your French trip.

As your students explore the local villages, interview the local people and buy from the local stores, they'll get the chance to practise their French in authentic situations - helping to build their confidence and inspire a passion for the language and culture of France.

Your PGL Language Representative will deliver achievable, modular learning opportunities for your students at KS3 and KS4 so they can make the most of being in France.

It's an inspiring trip that can help improve take-up of French at GCSE and raise examination grades. It's also an experience your pupils will remember for years to come.

Language modules

Une Introduction à la France

Chasse au trésor et jeu de piste
In groups, students answer questions and follow directions around a local town. Town trails are available in both French and English.
Available at:  Paris  |  Normandy  |  Opal Coast

Situations en ville
Visit either the local café or l’office du tourisme to pose questions and practise speaking French.
Available at:  Paris  |  Normandy  |  Opal Coast

La Gastronomie

Préparez à manger
Students visit a local market to buy ingredients to prepare their own cold lunch. They return to the centre to prepare their meals which are then judged on presentation, value for money and nutritional value.
Available at:  Paris  |  Normandy  |  Opal Coast

A la ferme
Students visit a local farm to learn about how the farm works and the processes involved. Depending which centre you choose to visit we have a range of farms (dairy, goat and snail to name a few!).
Available at:  Paris  |  Normandy  |  Opal Coast

Le chocolat
This module works well with a visit to the chocolate factory where students learn how the chocolate is made and the different types.
Available at:  Paris  |  Normandy  |  Opal Coast

La Culture

Les visites
Groups may choose from any of the visits in our Excursion Guide, however there are some which we particularly recommend for the opportunities they provide to hear spoken French and or to speak French. Talk to us about which are best at your chosen location.
Available at:  Paris  |  Normandy  |  Opal Coast

Mon journal
Students write up a daily diary in their workbooks, reviewing their excursions and activities.
Available at:  Paris  |  Normandy  |  Opal Coast

Mon temps en France
A fun, interactive session giving the group a change to show off their talents and showcase what they have learnt. Activities can include writing a song, blog, designing a poster or writing a newspaper article.
Available at:  Paris  |  Normandy  |  Opal Coast

Vie Quotidienne

Une interview dans la rue/avec (KS3/4)
Students visit a local town or attraction. In groups they stop French people and interview them for a few minutes, posing a range of questions suited to their ability level.
Available at:  Paris  |  Normandy  |  Opal Coast

Les enquêtes (KS4)
Surveys take place in a local town, where students pose questions to local residents.
Available at:  Paris  |  Normandy  |  Opal Coast

Un bonjour de PGL
Students write a postcard home using vocabulary they have learnt or are familiar with. Interactive games can also include ‘Who am I?’, ‘What am I?’
Available at:  Paris  |  Normandy  |  Opal Coast

Excursions

Your group can take part in a set programme of local visits, such as town trails and market visits, or you can tailor-make your own excursion plan from the wide choice available (with the help and advice of our tour organisers).

Many of your visits can be further enhanced by modules from our Language Detectives study course which lends a sharper focus to your outing. Tasks such as ordering a drink from a local cafe, buying ingredients from a market stall to prepare a meal or interviewing one of the locals, all present practical opportunities for your students to use and learn French and experience many different aspects of French culture.

Activities

You can choose to take part in inspiring outdoor adventure activities available at our centres to further enhance the learning opportunities for your group and complete the PGL experience.

Select an activity for a full description

A typical itinerary for this course

Sample programme for a 5 day French Language Detectives course for Secondary Schools
  lundi mardi mercredi jeudi vendredi
le petit déjeuner
le matin   Market visit including study module, “Préparez-à-manger” Local visit and study module “Une Interview dans la Rue” Study module  and guided visit to boulangerie Depart after breakfast with a stop at a hypermarket en route
le déjeuner
l’après-midi Welcome to centre and orientation Zip Wire and Archery Half day excursion Challenge Course and Low Ropes  
le dîner
le soir Passeport au Monde French postcard and ‘Mon Journal’ Boules or Crêpe Evening Disco  

Learning outcomes

On a French Language Detectives Course, your pupils will benefit from first-hand experience of talking with native speakers in a completely authentic setting as well as the opportunity to prepare for their encounters.

With the help of a dedicated PGL Language Representative, your group will gather useful vocabulary and improve oral fluency, developing their language skills in context.

The modular format of this course means you can choose to do as many or as little of the course as you wish and tailor it according to the specific learning requirements of your students.

Modules such as Culture and Diversity, People and Places, and Food are all designed to introduce pupils to the many different aspects of life in a different country through hands-on, practical tasks. Further information can be found in our French Language Detectives Teacher Guide, Paris and French Language Detectives Teacher Guide Normandy & Opal Coast.

Your pupils will leave France with greatly improved confidence and enthusiasm for the language.

On-site adventure activities will also improve group dynamics, motivation and communication skills.

Travel information

Ferry Crossings

Return travel by executive coach is included in the cost of your trip. Your coach is also available for excursions once you arrive at your PGL centre, subject to EU drivers’ hours regulations.

To minimise your journey time and make the most of your time away we offer a number of Channel crossings. Dover-Calais is included as standard in the cost of our tours but alternative crossings are available on request. You can choose Dover-Dunkirk by ferry or Folkestone-Calais by Eurotunnel at no additional charge. A small supplement may apply to crossings from Portsmouth to Caen and Cherbourg. Please contact our Tour Organisers to discuss alternative Channel crossings including air and Eurostar.

Barton Hall

Barton Hall

A great location near Torquay and popular with groups of all ages. There are many blue flag beaches close by and Dartmoor is also within easy reach.

Beam House

Beam House

Near Bideford in north Devon, the surf school at Westward Ho! is close by and there are plenty of land-based activities in the centre grounds.

Boreatton Park

Boreatton Park

There are over 250 acres for you and your students to enjoy, as well as some great accommodation options and excellent facilities.

Caythorpe Court

Caythorpe Court

A fantastic countryside setting boasting 65 acres of grounds, packed full of adventure activities for your students to try out.

Dalguise

Dalguise

Located just five miles north of Dunkeld, there’s plenty to explore in and around this stunning centre, set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Hillcrest

Hillcrest

A cosy welcome awaits you at this former fishing lodge near the River Wye. The small size and homely atmosphere is perfect for younger students.

Liddington

Liddington

Minutes from the M4, near Swindon, the convenient location makes it one of our most popular centres. There are some great facilities too.

Little Canada

Little Canada

A fantastic choice for watersports lovers. Set on the banks of the beautiful Wootton Creek, we have private access to the water.

Llwyn Filly

Llwyn Filly

Close to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye and situated on the edge of the stunning Brecon Beacons, giving immediate access to the mountains.

Marchants Hill

Marchants Hill

Conveniently close to London but in a countryside setting, there’s plenty of adventure in the wooded grounds and beyond for your students to discover.

Osmington Bay

Osmington Bay

There’s direct access to the beach, thrilling watersports on the sea at the nearby Portland Bay, as well as a range of exhilarating adventure activities.

Tregoyd House

Tregoyd House

Enjoy canoeing the picturesque River Wye at this beautiful centre in the heart of the Black Mountains. There’s so much to explore, see and do.

Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill

Located in the scenic Sussex Downs, close to the coast and not far from London, it’s a popular destination for secondary school groups.

Winmarleigh Hall

Winmarleigh Hall

A beautiful Victorian mansion house set within 50 acres of grounds. It’s a popular location in the north west of England, near the forest of Bowland.