Back in June we were delighted when ITV called us asking if we could help #SamanthaFaiers introduce her son to Spanish!
Sam was bilingual in English and Spanish as a child, but has lost some of her fluency over the years. She understands just how important it is to know a second language and how easily little children pick up new languages like sponges.
#Lingotot has been teaching language classes to children aged 0-11 since 2010. The sessions have captured
Since then Lingotot has grown into a multi award-winning education company delivering foreign language lessons to over 10,000 children every week. Sam knew she could trust us to really engage Paul and give some language-learning strategies to use at home, involving the whole family.
So Michelle Marsland of #LingototNE delivered a special 1:1 session in Sam’s Essex home. She sang some our favourite songs with Sam and baby Paul, played some simple games in Spanish and shared some top tips for speaking Spanish at home.
“Baby Paul was simply adorable. He is a real smiler and thoroughly enjoyed the session! Sam’s mother-in-law Gaynor was really enthusiastic too,” says Michelle, whose baby son James is exactly the same age as Paul.
“Sam looked stunning and was really lovely. We had a cuppa and a chat after the session and we still text each other regularly. Looking forward to seeing Sam again for our next session!”
Michelle uses Spanish at home with James and he is responding to the language well, even saying his first word 'Hola' while waving last week!
But why learn a second language in childhood? Research suggests that children who know two languages can gain an academic and social advantage over those who speak only one. Children have an amazing ability to learn language and this happens best when it is interactive, engaging and child-centered - just like our Lingotot classes. (If you are reading this and are still sceptical, please read our “10 Reasons to learn a language with Lingotot”)
Tune in to #ITVBe tonight, 19th October at 21:00 to watch Michelle, Sam and baby Paul in action!