Language classes win prize for third year

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A scheme to teach youngsters to speak foreign languages, which has classes in Alnwick, has won a prestigious national competition.

La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children has been crowned Best National Activity for five to 12-year-olds for the third year running in the What’s On 4 Juniors Awards 2016.

Earlier in the year, the award programme asked parents and children across the UK to nominate their favourite after-school and weekend activities.

Every activity had the chance to be nominated and voted for, making the Awards a true representation of how parents and children feel towards what is on offer and a reflection of their eagerness to reward the very best.

The awards, that are now into their 10th year, hosted a ceremony a fortnight ago at which La Jolie Ronde beat five other activities to scoop the prize.

Frances Wilde, who runs French and Spanish classes for five to 12-year-olds in Alnwick, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this award for the third year running.

“Learning a second language comes easy to very young children therefore it is the ideal time to familiarise them with sounds and patterns of a new language and culture.

“My classes, which will start again from September, are designed to encourage a positive approach to language learning and the emphasis isn’t on reading and writing the language, but on speaking, repetition and simply having fun, therefore the children are much more happy, relaxed and better at imitating sounds and pronunciation.”

For more on the classes, email franceswilde@yahoo.co.uk