Gifted linguists hit the fast track

31st January 2003 at 00:00
BUDDING linguists spotted during their first year in secondary school are due to take their GCSE Spanish this summer at the age of 13.

Pupils from 11 secondary schools in Nottingham have been taking the two-year course on Saturday mornings as part of the Excellence in Cities initiative.

The pound;2-a-week course was open to pupils identified as among the most gifted in their year.

Ivor Elliott, head of the city's gifted and talented programme, said: "In partnership with Nottingham Trent University we set up a 20-month course to take young linguists to GCSE. The schools identified the children at the end of Year 7 after they had started learning French and invited them to participate when they began Year 8 in September 2001."

The pupils are taught by a secondary teacher Elizabeth Thraves of Haywood school, and Mirella Cantrill, a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, which hosts the lessons, which cover the culture, geography and history of Spain as well as the language.

Mr Elliott is currently looking for funds to take the pupils on a visit to Madrid.

TES Teacher, 30

Eight pages on languages

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,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today