A language game of two halves

5th October 2007 at 01:00
A PRIMARY version of a successful secondary after-school club which combines football and language learning is being piloted in two London boroughs.

The Arsenal Double Club concept is to combine a course of football coaching with sessions in various subjects.

The German Double Club was developed with the Goethe Institut and Voyage, the British-German Connection. It involves half the class doing 45 minutes of German, then 45 minutes of football, while the other children do the football first followed by German. The cost is pound;10 per pupil plus hire of a football coach around pound;12.50 an hour. There is also the option of a trip to the Emirates stadium and double club shirts.

It has been so successful that last year French and Spanish modules were created for secondary schools by the Institut Francais and the Consejeria de Educacion de Espana.

A primary German programme was piloted in Islington last term and will be trialled again at Oakthorpe School in Enfield this term.

Jane Houlston, the school's languages co-ordinator, said: "We already teach German in key stage 2 and pupils in Year 1 and 2 have just started doing some Spanish.

"The reason we do so well in Enfield is because we have a good adviser at the local authority."

As well as languages, the Arsenal Double Club also has modules in literacy, numeracy, science, ICT and geography.

* To find out more, contact Samir Singh, Arsenal in the Community, ssingh@arsenal.co.uk

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