The 'Adelante' Spanish language programme is unique to Channing
Launched in 2016, it has quickly become a defining feature of the School and is one of the key benefits of a Channing education, for all pupils aged 4-18.
The programme is designed to inspire and educate both pupils and staff to gain a proficiency in Spanish and an appreciation of the Hispanic cultures. The aim is to ensure that all pupils leave the school with a high degree of competency and fluency in Spanish.
Adelante in the Senior School
Girls in Year 7 concentrate on Spanish, followed by an additional Modern Foreign Language from Year 8 onwards. Senior school pupils are encouraged to immerse themselves in Spanish literature thanks to the recently introduced Adelante Reading Challenge. This is run competitively so that pupils have the chance to win valuable house points in the process. There is now have a dedicated MFL Room in the Library which is proving hugely popular.
Pupils have the opportunity to study the work of Spanish and Latin American artists such as Frida Kahlo and Pablo Picasso, gaining inspiration for their own artwork and Year 8 pupils benefit from an annual trip to Cádiz in Andalusia.
In keeping with the Channing ethos, Year 12 pupils volunteer at a nursery for the children of Latin American immigrants. They are rewarded by having the chance to practise their Spanish and become familiar with different dialects spoken in Latin America.
Staff also benefit from Adelante via a Spanish Book Club and events such as Spanish Wine Tasting. Adelante is going from strength to strength, with a number of exciting initiatives in the pipeline.
Year 8 trip to Cádiz
Year 8 pupils spend a week in Cádiz at the Spark Spanish Language Centre. Pupils have the opportunity to visit some of Andalusia’s most attractive and memorable sights. They also have Spanish language lessons, the chance to visit a local market, two tapas restaurants, learn how to make an authentic paella and dance Flamenco. The trip is an excellent way for pupils to immerse themselves in language and culture alike, and to embed the skills that they will need going forward. ¡Adelante!