‘Hola’ to new Spanish classes for children

Spanish speaking footballers such as Christiano Ronaldo are increasing the popularity of the language and encouraging more people to learn
Spanish speaking footballers such as Christiano Ronaldo are increasing the popularity of the language and encouraging more people to learn

Children in Brighouse have the chance to learn Spanish on an award-winning after-school programme starting next week.

Rowley Poleys Indoor Play Centre, at Floor One, Wellholme Garage, Bradford Road, will host the La Jolie Ronde Spanish classes for children aged five to eight from next Monday, September 15, starting at 4.30pm. The gym will be open earlier for children to play and meal deals will also be available. Parents and carers can enjoy refreshments in the café while their child is learning.

The play gym already hosts Spanish and French classes for under-fives on a Thursday morning, but demand was high for an after-school Spanish club for slightly older children.

Spanish-speaking footballers such as Lionel Messi, Fernando Torres and Luis Suarez have made Spanish all set to become the most popular language taught in our schools.

Tutor Kate Wobschall, from Clifton, said: “The popularity of Spanish teams such as Barcelona and Real Madrid, plus the added attraction of this summer’s World Cup, means more children than ever are wanting to learn the language. Also, with the changes to the National Curriculum which came into force this month, schools must now teach a language at key stage two.”

Figures released in August showed the number of pupils sitting GCSEs in Spanish increased by almost 2,000 to a record high of more than 93,000 this summer – up 50 per cent in a decade and almost three times the total seen in the early 1990s.

Examiners say that the number of exam entries is beginning to catch up with those for French, which is traditionally the most common language taught in British schools. Spanish overtook German around three years ago.

La Jolie Ronde has been at the forefront of language learning for children aged up to 11 for 30 years and was recently voted best national activity for five- to 11-year-olds in the What’s On 4 Kids awards.

For more details, contact Kate on 07957 526952.