French Boy enrols in Boys School

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Clement Lavoupot from Le Mans in France enrolled in the Athenry Boys School just after the mid-term break. He is nine years of age and is in second class. His teacher is Mrs. Morrissey. He arrived in Ireland with no knowledge of the English language what’s-so-ever but at the end of his stay here will be able to speak it fluently. His stay here in Athenry is the first half of an exchange between himself and Darren O’Grady from Árd Aoibhinn.

Darren will go to France with Clement at the end of the summer and stay in his house and be a part of his family. He will go to school with Clement and experience the French way of life for the duration of his stay. When Darren returns, he will be “fluent“ in the French language.

Clement says he is very happy in Athenry and finds the people very friendly. Some differences he has noticed here, we spend less time eating our meals than in France and we drink a lot of tea. School differences; wearing the school uniform, as very few schools in France have them, the school day is longer in France but they have longer breaks and all schools in France have canteens. Games are much the same, basketball is very popular in France as hurling and football is here. In Ireland we eat a lot more sweets and sugary food.

Clement is a brave young man who is happy to be here and wants to learn to speak English and enjoy his Irish adventure.

What a unique and pressure free way to learn a foreign language as the child listens and learns in a home and school environment doing the normal everyday things.

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About this record

Written by Martin O'Grady

Published here 02 Nov 2022 and originally published 1995

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