The day began at the National Gallery of Victoria where we enjoyed a guided tour of some of the French highlights of the collection. After hearing about a selection of key works, the students visited a collection of Impressionist paintings.
Here the students were challenged by a talk completely in French by one of the NGV Language Educators about the painting Boulevard Montmartre by Camille Pissarro.
The NGV educators were full of praise for the students for their excellent listening skills, attentiveness and thoughtful answers.
In the afternoon, students had a chance to practice their city vocabulary and directions in French as trhey walked through the city. They also increased their awareness of the significant French influence that exists in Melbourne, particularly at the ‘Paris end’ of Collins Street with its luxury boutiques, beautiful architecture and ‘boulevard’ style.