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Harpenden language school wins national award for fifth year running

PUBLISHED: 11:34 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:12 19 October 2018

Joy Jermy, a La Jolie Ronde Licensee, with the award. Picture: Submitted by Kate Speirs

Joy Jermy, a La Jolie Ronde Licensee, with the award. Picture: Submitted by Kate Speirs

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A Harpenden language school has won a national award for the fifth year in a row.

La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children received the Best National Licensed Activity for 5-12 year olds at the Whats On 4 Kids Awards 2018. Harpenen's Lingua Fanatics use this method. Photo: THINKSTOCKLa Jolie Ronde Languages for Children received the Best National Licensed Activity for 5-12 year olds at the Whats On 4 Kids Awards 2018. Harpenen's Lingua Fanatics use this method. Photo: THINKSTOCK

La Jolie Ronde Languages for Children received the Best National Licensed Activity for 5-12 year olds at the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2018.

It was decided by 70,000 parents and carers around the country, who voted for their favourite after-school and weekend activity in their area.

La Jolie beat four other nominees - The Creation Station, Make Believe, Razzamataz Theatre School, and fellow language classes Kidslingo.

Kate Speirs runs Lingua Fanatics French and Spanish classes in Harpenden, St Albans, and Wheathamstead using the La Jolie methodology.

She said: “Winning this award for the fifth year in a row brings with it a great deal of pride.

“2018 was an exceptional year with voting very fierce across all the categories, right up to the end, so thank you to everyone who voted.

“We have once again demonstrated how popular our language classes are with parents and carers and the children we teach.”

Presenters Dick and Dom presented La Jolie with the award in the City of London on October 3. The ceremony was sponsored by childcare insurers Morton Michel.

Kate added: “The younger children start to learn a new language, the quicker they will acquire these new skills. Children are like sponges and pick up the authentic French or Spanish accent and pronunciation with ease.”

She uses songs, games, stories, rhymes, and role-plays to teach the languages.

“The children I teach are simply having fun with their friends and learning a new language at the same time without even realising it.”

The What’s On 4 Kids Awards have been running for 12 years.

A La Jolie methodology has been used to teach languages to children for 35 years, and has more than 1,660 after-school classes, 560 tutors, and 20,500 students across the UK and Ireland.

Lingua Fanatics hold classes at various locations, including St Nicholas Church hall, Manland Primary School, Harpenden Academy, Prae Wood Primary School, Roundwood Primary School, and High Beeches Primary School.

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