SERC launch after-school language classes for children

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South Eastern Regional College (SERC) has launched a brand new range of after-school foreign language classes giving primary school children aged 5-11 the opportunity to learn French, Italian and Spanish at their Lisburn campus.

To date, SERC has been offering the classes’ in-school to primary school children in the North Down area but due to their popularity the college has decided to offer the courses in-house.

Children will learn through a combination of conversation, drama, rhymes, storytelling, songs, reading, writing and games such as finger puppets.

Participants can choose between ten weeks of French, Spanish or Italian at the Bangor campus or Spanish or French in Lisburn. Participants will get the opportunity to learn and participate in a fun learning environment as well as the ability to learn and memorize whole sentences by the use of the language in songs and games and by memorizing words, sentences and grammatical structures.

SERC Head of Languages Tessa Barrett explained: “The best time to learn a foreign language is when you are young and by putting the children into everyday situations adds to the learning experience. Our informal and friendly classes provide the best environment for children to develop their self-confidence. And as the courses are fun, it gives them the idea that languages are not just another subject to learn at school, but can be fun, enjoyable and useful.”

Courses are £48 each. The classes run for forty five minutes for P1 to P3 pupils from 14:30-15:15 and one hour for P4 to P7 pupils from 3:30pm-4:30pm. For more information or to book contact Tessa Barrett via email at or call Tessa on 07825 140201.