Now H is in the juniors there’s a bit more choice in terms of after school clubs. Last year there was just football and tennis offered for the odd half term. This time he’s been offered football and Italian. Sadly football is on a night we can’t make, but H was keen to have a go at Italian club. As H is at a catholic school, there are a few children either with an Italian heritage or actually native speakers, in fact there is a boy in his class whose parents were born in Italy. H’s grandmother learnt Italian for a number of years in adult education classes (until the requirements of meeting Ofsted targets made adult ed a lot less relaxed and rather more stressful with more emphasis on homework, exams and attendance records). So Italian was a good choice of language for H.
I’ve previously tried to encourage language learning without much success. I bought the BBC Muzzy series in the hope that would help, but it didn’t really seem to work. Maybe we should get it out again. I speak German quite well, so I tried reading to him and speaking to him, but he just kept correcting me: ‘No Mummy,it’s not a Frosch it’s a frog.” Hopefully, now though he is ready to learn and will enjoy speaking another language.
The only downside is that because the club was so popular, H is only doing it till Christmas so other children can have a go. Added to that the school have decided not to run it today because of parent’s evening (not sure why as the club is in a classroom not the hall and is taught by an outside teacher) and next week we have a teacher training day on Monday, so he’s not going to get that many weeks of learning before it all stops. I’m hoping it will inspire a love of language learning as I’ve always found it makes travel more interesting and rewarding, when you can speak the local language.