French and Spanish students from Winstanley College have had the chance to immerse themselves in the language and culture of the country through a unique work experience programme.
The programme, organised through specialist company Halsbury, includes a tailored trip to France or Spain, with the chance to stay with a host family and choice of employment at a range of local firms.
One student who took part was Mia Maxted, who is studying for A-levels in Spanish, French and Philosophy and Religion at the college. Mia visited Lille, France in the February half term, with a group of other young people, as well as the Halsbury group leaders.
Mia, previously a student at Culcheth High, said: “You can choose things like shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels and nurseries for your employment, all of which guarantee to immerse you in the language.
“I was placed at a chocolate shop called Au Chat Bleu, where my job was to help customers, prepare and decorate personalised chocolate boxes. I decided on staying with the French host family as I thought it was an invaluable experience.”
“This trip has not only massively built my confidence and improved my speaking/listening skills, but it has also reassured me that I have the sufficient linguistic skills in order to understand and speak to natives, which is very encouraging. It has been such a memorable experience and I would highly recommend anyone studying languages should take up the opportunity.”
The foreign work experience programme at Winstanley runs each Spring term and is open to all language students.