Q1. Who is Alhambra Spanish for Kids?
Alhambra Spanish is founded by Sabera Ahsan. Sabera has extensive experience of over 10 years, working with young language learners in UK local authorities and the Spanish Ministry for Education, Culture and Sport.
Sabera was one of forty-five British trained primary specialists to be invited to participate in a unique pilot programme for Spanish Key Stage 1, second language learners. The bilingual project was devised by the British Council for the Spanish Ministry for Education in 1996. Sabera taught nursery, infants, and primary age children to learn a second language using songs, games, stories, rhymes and drama.
Sabera has a PGCE in Primary, a BA Honours in Spanish and has trained at the Instituto Cervantes London for young learners of Spanish.
Alhambra Spanish for Kids is delighted to be working with La Jolie Ronde method of teaching Spanish to young learners.
Q2. Who is La Jolie Ronde?
La Jolie Ronde is a leading provider of language learning through extra-curricular language classes and the supply of language teaching resources. Hundreds of thousands of children learn French and Spanish each week either in the classroom or in one of our after-school or lunchtime classes.
La Jolie Ronde Limited. Registered in England and Wales. Registered office: The Green, Bradgate Road, Anstey, Leicester, LE7 7FU. Registration number 2291948.
Q3. What is the La Jolie Ronde Method of teaching?
La Jolie Ronde provides a proven method with a solid underlying structure that enables children, aged between 3 & 11 years old, to progress year after year in French and Spanish. La Jolie Ronde core programme is structured according to age and differing levels of ability is available for 3-11 year olds.
Q4. How does lesson work?
Each weekly lesson combines fun with exciting games, songs and activities. La Jolie Ronde has over 1,600 out-of-school centres across the UK and ROI operated by more than 550 Licensees and a current membership base of around 16,500 children. The Programme is incorporated in the curriculum of hundreds of the top preparatory schools in the UK.
Q5. Does La Jolie Ronde follow the National Curriculum?
La Jolie Ronde’s portfolio also includes comprehensive French and Spanish Schemes of Work that follow the MFL Framework and provide a complete solution for Foundation Stage, Key Stages 1 and 2, for both specialist and non-specialist teachers.
Q6. How many children are in a Spanish class?
3-4-year-olds/Nursery – up to 8 children
5-11-year-olds – up to 12 children
Q7. What Jolie Ronde Programme will my child follow?
Ven a Jugar con Milo y Mapi (Spanish) is for 3/4 – 4/5-year-olds introduces the vocabulary through rhymes, chants, songs, stories and puppets.
Las Aventuras de Mifú y Tina (Spanish) is for 5/6 – 6/7-year-olds; introduces the vocabulary through rhymes, songs, stories and activities suitable for this age group.
¡Hola Pedro y Carmen! (Spanish) is for 7/8-year-olds; introduces/recycles core vocabulary and the beginnings of grammar with flashcards, games, short role-plays, songs, reading, listening and copying activities.
¡Buenos días España! (Spanish) 8/11-year-olds; introduces/revises core vocabulary and offers optional extension vocabulary through songs, games and activities appropriate for older children. It has opportunities for reading and writing are extended and creativity in adapting longer role-plays encouraged.
Q8. What are the benefits of learning a language at an early age?
Developing a positive open attitude to learning other languages and writing helps with the assimilation and memorising of the basic vocabulary.
Songs rhymes and stories enable children to experiment and play with words and phrases. Songs also familiarise early language learners’ ears to the sounds and pronunciation in a new language. Rhymes have a beneficial impact on a child’s language and literacy development in both languages.
Role-playing techniques develop the children’s experience of using language so that they are prepared to deal with new situations.
Sketches allow children to communicate in new contexts and provide them with opportunities to use the language as real communication. They can begin to recognise how the words and phrases can be used together to meet the needs of a conversation.
Q9. Where do Alhambra Spanish For Kids run La Jolie Ronde language programmes?
We are currently operating in the South East of London in schools and open language centres.
For more information contact:
BA Hons (Spanish); PGCE; Instituto Cervantes (Young Learners); DBS
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