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Languages are not 'Double Dutch' for Hartburn Primary pupil in Stockton
A SCHOOLBOY with a flair for languages is following in the family footsteps by securing a place in the final of a national competition.
Isaac Walker, nine, came second in the North-East semi-final of the EuroTalk Junior Language Challenge held at Hartburn Primary in Hartburn, Stockton on Monday (September 16) where he is in Year Five.
Like his two older sisters and cousin before him, Isaac has won through to the last round, being held in London on October 18, when he will be tested on a yet unknown African language.
Every young linguists taking part pays a small entry fee which goes towards buying educational resources for schools in Malawi, Africa.
The top 250 children across the UK competed in the penultimate round at locations as far afield as Bristol to Edinburgh, after showing off their aptitude for Spanish and Greek.
Hartburn Primary has taken part in the competition since 2007 and boasted 11 pupils at today’s contest.
The school’s language co-ordinator, Tracey Wildridge, said she had been thanked by a parent for instilling a love of languages in her daughter who had just gained a place at Cambridge University to study Russian and Spanish.
“The Junior Language Challenge has become very much a tradition within our school and for many of our children it has created a passion for languages which has continued into further education,” she added.
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