Here’s an energetic twist in language learning – students are learning Spanish with Zumba.
In the United Kingdom, students at Newcastle High School For Girls are doing a weekly Zumba class conducted entirely in Spanish.
In celebration of European Day of Languages, the classes were launched to encourage lifelong language learning across the continent.
The purpose of the classes is to strengthen the Spanish classes by giving them purpose. It is a supplement to regular language classes, introducing Spanish into everyday activities.
“By embedding Spanish into our daily life at School we hope to build confidence in our girls and encourage life long language learning…Zumba in Spanish is just one example. It is a fun way of getting the girls completely immersed in the language, giving it a practical purpose and making it more relevant,” said Jennie King, head of Faculty for Languages and Literacy at Newcastle High. “We recognise that language learning needs to start early to ensure its long term success, that’s why we’ve started teaching Spanish, our primary language, in nursery.”