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Emily King
Upper Sixth
Hallward's House

Language Fest

Language Fest

After a long, hard day’s work on a tedious Monday; it was inevitable that everybody was tired, and feeling a little the-worse-for-wear. The Sixth Form language students however had more to come!

The Language Festival

The Pavilion was suitably filled to the brim with chairs as nervous groups of classes; all dressed accordingly, took their places. First up was one of the Upper Sixth French classes (my class), all dressed in red, white or blue. We took our places and began the unfortunately less than tuneful ‘La Marseillaise’. Following this was the Upper Sixth Spanish class, consisting of only 4 people (another of my classes). We persisted with a commentary on a football match between England and Spain, including half-time interviews with fans and managers. Then we had German 'Ready Steady Cook', which although not many of us could understand, we certainly were entertained, with the German students even providing their own cooking utensils and actually attempting to make something, or rather stir around some rather strange ingredients. We then had the Lower Sixth French class, in true contemporary style with ‘Nouvelle Star’ (the French ‘X Factor’) which proved thoroughly entertaining. The other Upper Sixth French class proceeded with the contemporary approach, attempting to imitate popular series ‘The Inbetweeners’, which it has to be said, is a pretty tough task. However, they definitely proved that it could be done, getting a lot of laughs from the audience, even though it was a little under-rehearsed! Finally, the Lower Sixth Spanish class ended the Fest on a high, giving the performance of the night in a Spanish take on hit UK series Jeremy Kyle. Their use of humour as well as drama and dedication (they, unlike many had actually learned their words) showed immense linguistic as well as dramatic flair.

The Language Festival

All in all, I can confidently say that we have an exceedingly talented languages department, who speak and act assertively in a foreign language, something which is in no way an easy task. We ended the evening in typical Clifton style, with food and drink and merry spirits, pleased with our, although embarrassing at times, wholly entertaining performances.

2 November 2010

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