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Aug 6, 2018

Leigh Centurions learn the Westleigh way

Pupils at The Westleigh School got an exciting surprise as members of the Leigh Centurions brought modern foreign languages to life.

In July, French speaking players of the successful rugby league club went back to school, working alongside GCSE pupils on a series of challenging linguistic tasks.

Commenting on the French-themed fun, the event organiser, Anna Michalakakos, said: “All the rugby players were fantastic and showed the students it’s ‘cool to learn’.

Inviting Centurions such as Kevin Larroyer, Ilias Bergal and Jordan Dezaria to join her class for the afternoon, Mrs Michalakakos, Westleigh’s Head of Modern Foreign Languages, is always on the lookout for innovative approaches to inspire her learners – and her most recent idea appears to have been successfully received by both pupils and players.

Speaking of the local sporting heroes’ appearance at the school, Mrs Michalakakos said “Kevin Larroyer was top of the class when it came to his studies.

“None of the players found the GCSE work easy and they were shocked at the level of grammar required, so it gave a real boost in confidence to our pupils as they could see they’re now working at a level that even native French speakers would struggle with.”

Having only worked with the pupils for a year, Mrs Michalakakos is proud of the superb progress they have made and is really looking forward to seeing them continue to thrive next year.