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.
Q2. How many children are in a Spanish class?
3-4-year-olds/Nursery – up to 10 children
5-11-year-olds – up to 12 children
Q3. 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 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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