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

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today