French students on Meridian learn Maths through English

The lycee dates back before the Revolution and was originally founded by monks. It is now a secular state school but the ornate chapel still exists on the site as an exhibition space.

The lycee dates back before the Revolution and was originally founded by monks. It is now a secular state school but the ornate chapel still exists on the site as an exhibition space.

Posted on April 12, 2014 by dontgetlost I was really pleased to be invited to the Lycee Marmontel in the French town of Mauriac. The students from 15 yaers upwards have the option to take some of their maths lesson in English. Their teacher who introduced the scheme – Madame Florence Mesnil – said she was looking for new and intersting ways to teach her subject and decided to give teaching in a foreign language a go! FIrst of all Florence had to polish up her own English with weekly lessons in Clermont Ferrand. Now learning equations and trigonometry through English is just a part of the weekly programme.

I was asked to share my light hearted look at the establish,ent of the Ordnance Survey Triangulation stations Trig Point Charlie

It was good fun and had links to the work of the Cassini family at the Paris Observatory – in fact Cassini IV was the pioneer of triangulation as a method of mapping.

The class of 25 was polite but rather shy when asked to use their English in front of their colleagues. I then discovered that the Meridien de Paris runs right through the little town of Mauriac. I good day out for a mapenthusiast like me. Stories of E Learning in the Maths classes a bit mixed as the school had tried buying in to E text Books. basically the same paper material in PDF! Surprise surprise noone was very excited bout this! Not the first time I’ve come across expensive electronic page turning – but a shame that technology not beeing recognised for the power it brings to change (and disrupt) pedagogies instead of sustaining the ‘same old, same old’.

Thanks very much to Florence and her colleagues for making me welcome. I gather the guys at Marmontel will visit Teesside in June and may even be planning a link-up with Michael and his class at Pershing High School in Detroit. (After all ‘detroit’ is a French word meaning narrow channel of sea or lake) .

Taker a look at the first video message from Mauriac

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