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The Language Show 2018 – notes on the event

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      The Language Show, Europe’s largest language show, has been running for over 10 years. I’ve attended the show for the first time in 2018 and below I share my notes on the event.   The format The three-day show is free, with exhibitors, talks, taster classes and cultural events. The talks programme offers three strands: Language teachers …

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9 steps to setting up a popular language playgroup

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This is a very generic guide to setting up a popular language playgroup, to give you an idea of what’s involved. If you’re based in the UK, and wish to proceed in setting up a playgroup, I recommend that you contact the Pre-School Learning Alliance for guidance and legal requirements. If you’re based outside the UK, contact the body that regulates …

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Spoken Word YouTube playlists in Portuguese

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        This is a list of Youtube channels in Portuguese (European) that focus on the spoken word. There’s a list of our favourite YouTube shows in Portuguese for under 5 year olds here, which includes song and animation, but sometimes, we just need a good old-fashioned story. If you’re interested in resources about History for children in English or …

Talkin ‘bout a Revolution

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Today we’re talking about revolutions and the importance of knowing our history. At the end of this article, you’ll find ideas for any family, as well as links to resources in Portuguese because 25 April is the anniversary of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution. Having said that, the spirit of this article, of not letting the distance from our home country let …

Radio stations for bilingual kids

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Listening to radio in the target language can provide another opportunity for exposure to the language and culture. Radio stations created for kids are perfect for this, as their content will be specifically created, or curated, for them. It can also be a learning opportunity for adults who’s mother tongue is not the target language. Our favourite radio station A few …

Arabic books, toys and other resources

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I’ve came across these ventures recently through contacts in the multilingual world.  I know from friends who speak Arabic that good books or activities (such as playgroups) in Arabic or their dialect is not always easily available. I hope this is helpful. Just a start, so let us know in the comments if you try these and your thoughts, or …

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17 things to do with the kids during half term

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“Not another school holiday!” most parents are thinking just as many schools in the UK start a two weeks Easter Holiday. Whether you’re a full time working parent or a stay at home parent, you may well be dreading it. “How am I going to entertain the kids over two weeks!!??”. Don’t fret, here are a few suggestions. *This post …

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Teaching the target language at home by playing schools

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This half term offers a great opportunity to expose the children to more of the target language than usual. So this week I’m making the most of it by teaching the target language at home through role play: playing schools. Half term sends many parents into a spin: either they don’t know what to do in relation with childcare, or …

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Learning Languages with Netflix

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Did you know that, anywhere you’re in the world (or nearly) you can watch Netflix content in other languages, therefore supporting your family’s language learning? Maybe even the target language in your bilingual journey? That’s right, the content is doubled, and has subtitles, in other language such as Portuguese, Spanish, German and French. And the beauty is that both the …