“Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter,” Yudhijit Bhattacharjee wrote earlier this year in a piece for the New York Times Sunday Review. “It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not (even) related to language….” AND… In Europe, Spanish is the second most popular second language, after English. With some 400 million speakers, Spanish is the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world. So … es claro que tienes que estudiar el espanol!
Our Subject Co-ordinator, Ms. Killen, is too modesto to make this claim herself, but clearly she is a maestro at squeezing the best results from her students, having recently helped two of her students achieve the top marks in the whole country at the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate level, and we felt obliged to alardear for her! Classes are usually small, even by Conleth’s standards, and there is plenty of personal attention. And our visiting Spanish students are always helpful in preparing our natives for the examen oral. In Ms. Killen’s class, you will get away with nothing … except an impressive command of español and a top result!