March 3, 2024


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Why did SU Agen players become English teachers at Jean-Baptiste de Patre High School?

Why did SU Agen players become English teachers at Jean-Baptiste de Patre High School?

Students from Jean-Baptiste de Patre High School welcomed a delegation from SUA this Tuesday to the 5th edition of the Oval Tables. Agen: The aim is to exchange only in English with a passion from rugby.

Under the guidance of Véronique Garcia, English teacher and her colleagues, Marie Salva (English), Stéphanie Bazerque (English), Magali Chatot (EPS), Eliane Pinetti (Mathematics) and Loïc Maynard (Spanish), about fifty high school student volunteers participated. In this event. Many of the big names of the Lot-et-Garonnais Club spoke to the students for almost two hours, who spoke English but were from different nationalities (English, Scottish, Irish, Canadian and even Samoan).

Talk rugby in English with SUA players

Blue and white coach Dave Ryan and players including Harry Sloan, Joseph Maximeev, Chosen Fakai and Evan Olmsted answered the call. A good number of young participants play rugby, including many girls. A way to combine English training with a unique opportunity to interact with professional players from around the world. “Thanks to Philippe (Editor's note: Philippe Cella), I was able to create this project. I am a rugby and SUA lover. In my family, we always supported the Agenais. Many of our players are English speakers. “The idea of ​​these oval tables. The feedback from the previous editions is excellent,” explains Véronique García enthusiastically. Although the atmosphere is good-humored and relaxed, the program remains an educational one. “Mr. Silveira, the new principal, started the afternoon with an introductory speech in English. He did well,” laughs the teacher. “Students have prepared questions to facilitate exchange. There is a great bond with the players involved in the game. We have created a mix of levels so that students who excel in English can be a driving force for others. . This complicity between students and players means that students surpass themselves in English practice beyond their usual level because desire overcomes fear,” concludes Véronique García.

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A growing success every year that already recommends the 6th edition. good job!