Following a summer limited by lockdown, languages and culture are set to be beamed into homes, nurseries and schools across the land with a day-long nationwide event to celebrate the European Day of Languages.
Children as young as 2 and up to age 12 will be joining free online language lessons thanks to Lingotot.
The franchise business, which has been running since 2010, has grown from offering French lessons to children in the North-East of England to a multinational operation, providing the option of eight different languages.
Celebrated on 26 September, the European Day of Languages is a means of promoting awareness among the general public of the importance of language learning.
The online festival will allow children at home, school and nursery to take part in free classes, quizzes, storytelling sessions, challenges and karaoke by tuning in to the day-long livestream online. Children will be able to take part in a range of fun activities in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic, Welsh and Dutch, all languages which are vital for future success in the global economy.
The event is a must for any parent wanting to introduce their child to the excitement of other languages and cultures and learn about the advantages that speaking another language can bring.
There are even sessions to help upskill teachers and conversation classes for adults.
Lingotot’s founder and CEO, Angela Sterling, said: “We are really looking forward to celebrating the European Day of Languages with children up and down the country. We expect the even to be especially popular with schools, where a second language is compulsory, but often class teachers lack the confidence to deliver language lessons. We’re hoping that not only will the event be great fun, but very helpful for primary schools.”
Brian Stobie, International Officer at Durham County Council, one of the councils who work closely with Lingotot said: “At this time of global pandemic, it is especially important for our learners to understand that children across the world face similar issues. Languages are one way to connect people and to allow them to share experiences. The Lingotot team inspire children to develop a love of language learning through their very interactive approach. The fantastic European Day of Languages Festival is a wonderful way to celebrate linguistic diversity, promote language learning and discover the vibrant teaching approach of talented educators.”
Anyone interested in attending can register at www.lingotot.co.uk/EDoL2020
Lingotot teaches foreign languages to children aged 0-12 across the UK and internationally via a network of over 130 fully qualified franchisees and teachers. The Lingotot Method was designed by fully qualified languages teacher & Lingotot founder, Angela Sterling. The Lingotot Method makes use of active, communicative and interactive teaching methods which come naturally to young learners. Learning is through songs, stories, games, drama and play in French, Spanish, German, ESL, Italian, Arabic, Welsh and Mandarin. Find out more https://theafa.org.uk/members/lingotot