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Save the exchange trip

Giving pupils the opportunity to stay with families in other countries is essential for the study of modern foreign languages, yet we risk losing it, says Simon Ravenhall

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It was almost certainly my own school French exchange to Évreux, in northern France, in 1983 that made me want to study languages at university, become a teacher of them, and go on to run exchanges for my own pupils to Russia, France, Germany and Spain for the past 25 years, as well as facilitating each of my three children to do at least one during their time at senior school.

There is, quite simply, no better linguistic, educational and cultural experience for pupils than living with a family, conversing with them daily, and sampling first-hand the culinary and cultural delicacies of that ...

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