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Houghton Regis Academy

A taste of Spain!

Quesos, Embutidos, stores selling a selection of Spanish cheeses and meats- it can only mean one thing - Spain. But it’s not Spain as you know it because it’s right in the heart of Hornchurch, Essex.

The Europa Centre is the only mock European French Town in the country for students studying languages. Our GCSE Spanish students experienced a day trip of culture on 31st January 2018, providing them everything that Spain, France and Germany have to offer including Spanish specialities, then, if that wasn’t enough, they took time out to do a spot of shopping. 
Teacher, Mrs Lambert said: “In class, we try as much as we can to make learning a language as interesting as possible, but coming here is the nearest thing they are going to get to going to Spain. “It helps to build their confidence and enables the student to have practice conversations with the staff.”
If you don’t want a day trip to France and instead fancy a visit to Germany or Spain, simple flip boards mean that the French town of Haricotville can easily become Rubendorf for Germany or villa Guisante if in Spain.
The centre first opened its doors in 1987 to offer language learning experiences and support to schools.
Today they consist of 44 target language speaking members of staff and they offer visits to children during the day and evening classes for adults.