Whether returning from a school or camp in Britain or preparing to go, here are a few ideas for children (or parents) to keep up their English during the holidays – and beyond…..

1 Buy a book or two:

Shakespeare and Company, Paris http://shakespeareandcompany.com

Galignani, Paris: http://www.galignani.fr/histoire-de-la-librairie-galignani.php

W H Smith, Paris http://www.whsmith.fr

2 Take out a subscription to an English newspaper or magazine:

The Connexion, France http://www.connexionfrance.com

The Week  http://www.theweek.co.uk

Private Eye  http://www.private-eye.co.uk

3 Get involved in the planning of an Anglo-French charitable expedition:

The White Horses Charity http://www.sllassoc.com/about-sll/

The SLL White Horses Charity

The SLL White Horses Charity

4 Listen to fascinating – and varied – talks by experts in their field:

TED TALKS  https://www.ted.com/talks

DO WATCH THIS!  https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity 

5 Learn to play cricket:

THOIRY CRICKET CLUB  http://www.thoirycc.com

LILLE CRICKET CLUB  http://lille-cricket.org

CHANTILLY CRICKET CLUB  http://www.chantillyexpat.com/Pro_News/sid=4.html

THE STANDARD ATHLETIC CLUB  http://www.saclub.org

Learn to play cricket

Learn to play cricket

6 Listen to an anglophone author talk about his books – and ask him or her questions:


7 Cook up a feast:

JAMIE OLIVER  http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/

BRITISH RECIPES  http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/collections/classic-british-recipes

8 Try out the British sense of humour:

FAWLTY TOWERS  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcliR8kAbzc

THE TWO RONNIES https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIOMECj0iQ0

ROWAN ATKINSON  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uw8dW9Hyno0

9 Listen to plays, news programmes, current affairs, comedy shows:

BBC RADIO 4:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/on-air

10 Take a trip to the theatre:

Dear Conjunction, Théâtre de Nesle, Paris: http://www.dearconjunction-paris-theatre.com

The Improfessionals, Théâtre Essaïon, Paris:  http://www.improfessionals.com

The Improfessionals

The Improfessionals

…..and soon you will be speaking the Queen’s English…….


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