A unique approach to language learning
From the verb ‘adelantar’: to get ahead, move forward, make progress, overtake. Recent research has shown that it is almost impossible to master a foreign language unless you start to learn it by the age of 10; this means our girls really are getting ahead.
The Adelante programme is an integral part of a Channing education. Modern language teaching happens in many schools but the way in which our language learning is approached is different and noteworthy because it impacts on all girls in the school, aged 4 to 18, as well across all areas of school life.
All pupils learn Spanish from Reception, adding French in Year 3. The girls have regular language lessons as part of the curriculum, where age-appropriate activities are undertaken to promote and encourage their skills and confidence. For example, memory games are used to increase vocabulary skills and role-playing is employed to boost the pupils’ confidence in speaking the language.
The programme is designed to inspire and educate all pupils to gain a proficiency in Spanish and French and an appreciation of European cultures. The aim is to ensure that all our girls leave the school with a high degree of competency and fluency.
In addition, we have an extra-curricular Mandarin Club for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 groups and language assemblies every half term where the girls have learnt lots of fun things to say in different languages, including how to sing Happy Birthday in Russian!