Lingotot children all over the country sang the Hokey Cokey in French, Spanish and German to show us that we are all European regardless of the referendum result.
Nearly 10,000 Lingotot students and their parents and carers in classes at community centres, church halls, nurseries, schools and shopping centres up and down the UK, all sang the children’s favourite party song in at least two European languages. The Lingotot franchisees came together to organise the mass Hokey Cokey as a fun way to highlight that we are all still European.
There is a large and growing number of youngsters in the UK who learn modern foreign languages from a very early age. There is increasing evidence to suggest that the younger a child starts to learn a second language the more success they will have which is supported by Government legislation which in 2014 made modern foreign languages a compulsory part of the KS2 curriculum in primary schools across England and Wales.
On Friday, Boris Johnson reaffirmed the Leave campaign's stance on children' language learning. He said, "We cannot turn our backs on Europe we are part of Europe. Our children and our grandchildren will continue to have a wonderful future as Europeans, travelling to the continent, understanding the languages and cultures that make up our common European civilisation, continuing to interact with the peoples of other countries in a way that is open and friendly and outward-looking."
Children from six months old to 11 years old take part in the Lingotot classes in community venues and within schools across the UK.