French For Football


Le Football is heart of Greenbank Preparatory School’s fresh approach to
teaching French.
French national Christelle Abomnes, 28, who emigrated to Cheadle Hulme from
Brittany 10 years ago, is teaching French through role play.
Christelle said: “The children are encouraged to passér le balle, marque un
but and bien joue, or as you might say pass the ball, score a goal and play
Christelle referees the games speaking in French, also using role play in a
range of settings such as cafés and doctor’s surgeries.
Greenbank Preparatory School Headmistress Janet Lowe said: “The teaching of
modern foreign languages is under close scrutiny in the U.K. with seemingly
fewer and fewer children having the patience to get to grips with another
“Setting lessons in role play is an imaginative and hugely effective way of
laying the strong linguistic foundations. It also encourages children to use
the spoken language in conversation, just as it should be used, rather than
learn long lists of vocabulary from dusty old text books.”