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Lingotot, the new way for children to learn languages in Ireland, arrives in Cork


Lingotot, the children’s languages specialist, is delighted to be expanding into Cork this month. Sessions will be run in nurseries, community classes, primary after school clubs and holiday clubs. The roll out will start with Spanish initially with other languages such as French, German and Irish to follow.

The Lingotot programme is based on solid early language teaching research and has been developed to focus on what kids like to do, and then to do these activities in another language. Learning another language while young has so many benefits. Children possess an innate ability to pick up another language whilst in the process of understanding the stimulus from the world around them. Play is at the heart of these sessions and having fun with friends gives the children a head start to develop socially and emotionally.

Sofia Colás , Director for Lingotot Ireland comments: “We are thrilled to be offering our fun language classes in East Cork where we hope our experienced language tutors will make a very positive impact in the community, supporting children and parents locally, and offering such a key life skill. Widening children’s opportunities in the future by learning another language is now more important than ever, especially in light of Brexit and the changes to the National Curriculum at both primary and secondary level looking to give languages greater weight.”

Sofia adds: “Aside from all the benefits, our focus remains on the children’s motivation and making language-learning fun. I’ve been able to see first hand the positive impact interactive teaching has. We are proud to have the support of Lingotot’s methodology as well as the credibility of our NCFE CACHE accredited courses.

Sofia continues : “In Ireland, most children are immersed in language learning at secondary school which in our view is too late. Creating stepping stones for them at primary level in a fun and relaxed way, makes that transition later on a much more natural one.”

The government has recently launched the Languages Connect Sampler Module facilitating 500 participating schools to introduce their pupils to a Modern Foreign Language of their choice or Irish Sign Language (ISL) over 6 weeks. Lingotot will be supporting this important initiative for children between 3rd and 6th classes in several counties.

Lingotot East Cork will start operating Spanish classes for all ages up to age 12 on the 11th of November. Venue based classes will launch in Midleton with more languages and venues in East Cork to follow.

To celebrate, parents with children are invited to the free taster session, which will take place at Sage in Midleton on Friday November 5th (2pm-3pm).

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