A unique feature of the programme is the reinforcement of the language skills gained in the classroom out on the football pitch, for which a coaching guide is provided for staff that do not specialise in delivering practical sport sessions. The guide also contains all the basic vocabulary in the target language that might be needed during a practical session – just in case you want to delegate the delivery of this part of the programme to PE staff or sports leaders.
The target language is used in both the classroom and football sessions to create a fun and practical learning experience. Of course, the two 45-minute sessions are purely a suggestion and the programme is designed to be flexible so as to fit into any school’s timetable.
At the end of the programme, participating schools have the option to bring their students to Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club, for a tour with a multilingual member of Arsenal in the Community staff. Here the students are encouraged to practice their language skills while they visit areas such as the Directors’ Box, media rooms, the Arsenal changing rooms and pitchside.
The programme is available to all schools at Key Stages 2 and 3. For primary pupils, it is a great way to build on their existing knowledge or even introduce them to a new language. At secondary level, the programme aims to boost pupils’ enthusiasm for MFL in advance of selecting their GCSE options.
Since 2006, some 10,000 pupils across the UK from almost 400 schools have participated in the scheme. The programme is supported by the European Commission and was awarded the European Language Label as the UK’s best language project in 2012.
For more information, please contact me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Arsenal Double Club website. Please also see the links below.
Outstanding contribution award, Arsenal Double Clun (CILT website)
Arsenal Double Club Languages Coordinator