French GCSE Study Morning: La Cour de Babel

Join us for our French GCSE study morning, led by Isabelle Vanderschelden, Independent film scholar and Educator, co-founder of Filta (Film in Language Teaching Association) and founder member of the Flame research group.  

This study morning aims to offer students an opportunity to see a recent French film featuring young people from different backgrounds who have just arrived in France and need to learn French before they can join the mainstream education system.

Isabelle will introduce the film in English and occasionally in French, providing relevant background information before the screening. Some key vocabulary/phrases to comment on a film in French will also be provided.

The screening will be followed by a few exercises in French around the characters and the themes of the film (identity, migration, education…).

The session is a fun and interactive way to engage students in French language and culture outside of the classroom!  

Screening: La Cour de Babel (School of Babel)  
Dir Julie Bertuccelli / France 2014
89 mins / French with English Subtitles 

For a year, director Julie Bertuccelli followed the life of a class in a Parisian high school, which welcomes non-French speaking students aged between 11 and 15 who have recently arrived in France. The result is a lively and sensitive documentary that introduces 24 students of different nationalities whose aim is to learn to speak French but also to live together, sharing experiences and enriching each other’s lives.


3 hours

£7 per student – teachers go free

To book:

  • Tickets go on sale on Wed 21 Sept
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  • This event is open only to pupils and their teachers
  • Doors open to school groups at 09:45

On sale Wed 21 Sep 12pm

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