She initially set up Lingotot to provide lessons to schools, playgroups and nurseries – but then launched a CD and book to allow parents and teachers to continue learning languages outside her classes. Angela, who spent 12 years as a language teacher, said: “It’s phenominal to be named winner in this category, I really can't believe it! I’ve been in business for less than two years, so to be named the winner in such a pretigious category is a real honour."
She won the award for the inspirational way she runs her business, juggling the roles of businesswoman, educator and mum to two very young children. "The last two years have seen dramatic changes in my life. I have had three babies in those two years; Annalise, Eleanor and Lingotot! And they're all hard work but wonderful."
She plans to grow Lingotot next year by offering Spanish classes and is currently looking for franchisees across the UK, offering teaching in languages as well as the Lingotot resources.
For Angela, it has been a lifelong ambition to start teaching children languages at a young age. She explained: “I went to Paris to be an au pair when I was 18 and I noticed that all the children could speak another language. In this country we tend not to start teaching languages until children reached secondary school, and we should really be starting it earlier than that, preferably from birth but certainly from Key Stage 1.”
Angela, from Stanley, always believed the UK should also start teaching young children languages and decided that while taking time out from teaching to have her two daughters she would set up Lingotot. And her feelings have been backed up by Education Minister Michael Gove, who recently insisted that schools should be teaching children different languages from the age of five. Earlier this month he said that every child from that age should be learning a foreign language, and promised to "pull every lever", including encouraging longer school days, to make it happen.
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