Ambarabà Community Language School
Community language schools (also called complementary schools) help students to learn and use their community or heritage language. Ambarabà aims to support the second-generation language maintenance of the Italian speaking community of South London. Our activities give students of primary school age the chance to gain a better understanding of their second or heritage language by attending regular after-school clubs where we explore cultural content with a deep focus on grammar, reading, and writing. After-school clubs are delivered in partnership with SIAL.courses, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in London.
We are aware of the challenges of raising a child to be bilingual and we provide families with the tools to achieve balanced bilingualism by offering workshops for parents, language courses specifically designed for parents and/or partners of Italian speakers and promoting community events and learning holidays. Language acquisition and the development of intercultural sensitivity are fully integrated, and we allow students to express themselves spontaneously while strengthening their language competencies as a whole. Our teaching approach is built on an experience-based learning process to improve the chance of effective second language acquisition through Game-based learning, TPR (Total Physical Response) and elements of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning).