THE Gibraltar College Language School has begun offering classes to young people in a bid to increase cultural awareness.

Launched in December, the college teaches Spanish, French and Italian to pupils aged between six and 16, and hopes to promote bilingualism in Gibraltar’s young people.

Minister for Education, the Hon Dr John Cortes said: “Studies have shown that language skills help learning abilities across all areas and, in adults, bilingualism has been shown to delay the onset of dementia by around five years. Gibraltarians gain many economic and social advantages from their bilingualism and we should do everything possible to foster our community’s linguistic skills.”