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

Parents in Nottingham, England, join in their eleven-year-olds to watch a French presentation, La Courgette Volante, with juggling, unicycles and a talking Mona Lisa.

"You tell that Commission that we want more Dutch lessons."
A learner attending a taster course in Nottingham Prison, England

"I have learned as much from the people I have taught as they have learned from me."
A teacher in Nottingham, England

Nottingham prison, UK, teaches Dutch, Spanish and Italian.


It was great motivating our pupils to take part in this project despite their bad memories of their school days. One of the high points was the Allegro meeting in 2004 at Schotten Reha. This was not only important for the organisation but even more so for the participants. As they saw it, “The whole of Europe is interested in us”. It was exciting to develop teaching materials with the participants and to find a way of applying the new language methods. The aim of learning 150 items of vocabulary was achieved and in several cases exceeded. The self-esteem and the self-confidence of all participants has been significantly raised. Their fear of failure is no longer present. During the project they have developed a great willingness to learn, and they can now transfer this willingness to many areas of their lives.

When will we learn Spanish again?

United Kingdom | Denmark | France | Germany | Slovenia | Spain


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