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THE BEST OF ALLEGRO

Every prison in Slovenia has a language learning circle.

After discussing typical courses in Sweden the rumour spread to the centre restaurant who obtained the recipe for a Swedish speciality called Janssons Frestelse. It was put on the menu one Friday in the centre restaurant which caters to about 300 residents and outside users of the centre.

People with learning disabilities in Nottingham, England enjoy singing, ‘I can see clearly now,’ in French and La Bamba.

In the Zarja Institute, Slovenia, participants recovering from head injuries have learned English, German, Italian and Spanish.

Two and three-year-olds, at a parent and toddler group in Nottingham, England, take part in Spanish games and dancing, eat tapas and have their faces painted with the Spanish flag.

 

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN FRANCE
Not only did the Allegro language teaching project prove to be a very valuable and worthwhile experience for the students who learned a lot while still having a great deal of fun; the teachers also found the project rewarding . They all learned to experiment with new teaching methods and became less daunted by the idea of working with mixed level classes.

A great deal of progress was made by everybody, not only on a linguistic and professional level, but also on a more personal one. The students improved their English, but they also made a great deal of progress with regard to social and communication skills in general. This was a great help to them both in their everyday lives and at work, or when looking for work.

The teachers realised the importance of using the student’s personal experience as a key to lesson preparation. They also learnt that a friendly and fun classroom atmosphere is vital to put students at ease and in the right frame of mind for language learning. The more the lessons are fun the more they learn.

Thanks to Allegro, our language teaching methods have changed for the better and our teachers now continue to work “differently” and thus more effectively.


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