Free English speaking classes for 650 primary and secondary school pupils

A total of 22 primary schools and 28 secondary schools are taking part in the ‘Èxit anglès’ programme, which helps pupils improve their spoken English and trains schoolteachers to improve teaching methods and introduce new education techniques.

The pupils are in their sixth year of primary school and fourth year of secondary school, with an average level of English and the potential to improve their spoken level. The idea is to give them a helping hand with fluency in English, as well as increasing the presence of spoken content in curricular English classes. To achieve this, training is also being given to teachers of English, as well as others who teach subjects in English.

The pilot scheme has started the current school year with 560 secondary school pupils and 90 primary school pupils, making 650 in all. The students will do two 90-minute sessions a week, from 23 October through to 31 March 2018. The idea is to increase the number of pupils beyond 650 as the methodology becomes more consolidated in the years to follow.

The sessions are given by so-called ‘Great Friends’, university or higher education students between the ages of 20 and 30 who can accredit a minimum B2 level of English. They were selected after interviews with the EOI Barcelona Drassanes, an official language school. After being chosen, they received training on new teaching methodology so that the sessions have nothing to do with masterclasses, but instead involve different activities and games to facilitate English language acquisition.