Are you a mum with language skills? Then run your own business with BilinguaSing!
In September 2014, learning a foreign language became a compulsory part of the curriculum in English primary schools for Key Stage 2 children (aged 7 years and above). Whilst this is a welcome move, is it really early enough to help our children catch up with their counterparts in Europe? Children in continental countries often start learning a second, or even third, language much earlier in life.
When Berkshire-based languages teacher Ellie Baker had her first baby in 2012, she tried to find a baby-friendly language class. However, there was nothing suitable in the area, so she decided to set up her own music and language class, ‘BilinguaSing’. The initial classes were designed to introduce Spanish or French to babies. The classes were an instant hit with the local community and Ellie quickly developed the programmes for toddlers, preschoolers and primary school children.
The classes won an award with Practical Preschool magazine the following year and in October 2014 five new franchise areas were launched in Lancashire, Hampshire, Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire and another in Berkshire. BilinguaSing is now seeking new franchisees to take the classes into other areas in the UK.
The franchisees run classes in local community centres, nurseries and primary schools. Ellie commented: ‘At BilinguaSing, we are passionate about introducing children to a second, or even third language from birth, or as soon as possible. During our classes, we harness the power of music and use engaging props to make language learning super active and lots of fun. We sing well known nursery rhymes and popular children’s songs in English and also in French or Spanish. We’re constantly amazed at how quickly such young children (and their parents!) are singing along in a foreign language.’
BilinguaSing Ltd. is proud to have made it to the finals of the prestigious What’s On For Juniors Awards 2015 – follow them on facebook (www.facebook.com/bilinguasing) and twitter (twitter.com/bilinguasing) to find out how they get on!