AN English language scheme run by retired Britons has sparked interest across Andalucia.

The programme – originally introduced in Mijas schools – is now set to be replicated in schools as far afield as Sevilla.

The ‘I Speak English’ scheme was launched three years ago at the Virgen de la Pena primary school.

It has now spread to three schools within Mijas and has now received interest from schools outside the province according to the town’s Foreigners’ Department.

A group of retirees were originally invited to use their mother tongue to help Spanish children improve their conversational English skills.

The popular sessions involve activities such as playing games and reading stories.

The scheme now has about 20 volunteers and anyone wanting to get involved should call 952 589 010.

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