A trip to the famous Christmas markets in the German town of Aachen gave 39 of our second year pupils the ideal opportunity to practise their language skills and to experience the unique festive atmosphere.
After a tour of the Aachen Old Town, the pupils put their language skills to the test on a treasure hunt which involved buying food and drink and interviewing local people in a street survey.
The rest of the afternoon was spent in the markets, sampling delights such as Wurst, heiße Schokolade and Kinderglühwein.
On returning, Miss Sylvia Gibson, the head of Modern Foreign Languages, said:
The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all and gave our pupils an excellent opportunity to practise their German in real situations.
Once they’d followed a town trail, spoken to shopkeepers and interviewed the locals, our linguists furthered their French when they crossed the Belgian border for food and a game of bowling.
They also took part in Christmas quizzes and enjoyed watching festive films. Everyone had a lot of fun over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
They all returned to Stockport tired but laden with Christmas gifts, having had a brilliant – and linguistically enriching – weekend.
The trip has become a Christmas tradition for the department, so our current first year pupils can look forward to the chance to visit Aachen in 2016.