STUDENTS from a Scarborough school enjoyed an authentic taste of traditional France - without even stepping foot in the country.
The 34 Year Eight and Year Nine pupils from Scalby School visited the Europa Centre, in Essex, which features a mock French town centre and is manned by native French speakers.
The trip was designed to give the youngsters a boost with their French speaking and were given euros and a fake credit card to use in the market to talk with traders and improve their language skills.
A staged robbery also took place that included centre staff and students were tasked with helping a policewoman with her enquiries.
Sarah Pearson, head of modern foreign languages at the school, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for students to practise their language skills and was invaluable preparation for the GCSE speaking test.
“It provided as close a real-life experience as can be created without actually being in France and helped students develop their confidence in one of the more challenging skills of language learning.”