On Tuesday Broadoak Spanish students and BTEC sport students received an exciting visit from two top Manchester United players. We were very lucky, as they are highly regarded internationally and have many other commitments. Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) from Mexico and David de Gea from Madrid, Spain, are both Spanish speakers and having dealt with difficulties in communicating in English they were interested in developing students’ understanding of how important it is to study a language at school, as you never know how useful it might be in the future. Many students around the world would be envious of the opportunity to actually have these players as part of their Spanish lesson and Broadoak students made the most of this rare opportunity.
Pupils were a credit to us as they behaved impeccably and despite nerves many competently interacted with the players in Spanish, which really impressed them. The players were great sports and said they really enjoyed meeting the students and participating in the lesson.
Pupils conducted a Spanish press conference with the players; answered questions on a role-play performed by the players and then worked in groups of 4 to act out a press conference between footballers and journalists and the players judged the best group.
The lesson was filmed by MUTV and will be aired in April. They will also send us a copy of the video, to be used in Spanish lessons. Some pupils were interviewed by a journalist from The Times, who will inform us when the story hits the press. Photographs of the event can also be viewed on various Manchester United websites and look out for an update on the Broadoak school website.
We are very proud of all students. CJ Collins was commended by the MUTV crew as having performed well in the Spanish lesson. Special thanks go to Emma Lipman, our Manchester United coach for organising the event. It is due to her excellent experience of working with Broadoak students in P.E. and the Year 8 Spanish Double Club in the Summer term that made her immediately think of Broadoak when she was told the players were available.