We’re highlighting inspiring projects happening across the country which are promoting languages to the wider public – showing those in the languages community what you could do, and helping to give those outside an insight into the value of languages and language learning.
These non-commercial projects share the spirit of the campaign and are helping us to reach our objectives. We’d like you to get in touch if you’ve got a great idea for a new initiative – or if you’re already doing something which is making a difference.
The Indigenous Language Project is a language curriculum initiative that will be competing in Aviva Community Fund’s competition for $50,000 to design, develop and publish language learning materials in high quality finishes. Read more
Pupils in the NE region take a photograph of a conversational situation – this could be an informal chat, an argument, an interview, a transactional situation, etc., etc.
They then write in their chosen language their idea of the conversation / dialogue taking place. Read more
The largest Youth Skills Project in the Midlands aiming to work with young people to reduce anti social behaviour, crime and gang culture, promoting peaceful coexistence amongst all communities regardless of race, backgrounds and ethnicities. Read more
We are the first language charity in the world of our kind. Our goal is the entire planet and our philosophy is built upon international partnerships offering win-win scenarios with all stakeholders – we work together with language schools locally and help them gain popularity by helping the learner save money and fighting poverty in the third world. Our project in a sentence:
- 1 language course for 20 people in a developing country for each paid language course which takes place elsewhere.
Our business is 100% self-sufficient, we NEED no grants nor donations and we are sustainable. And our classes are not online and yes some are 100% free! We do however appreciate grants and donations to push us faster into expanding to other countries. Read more
Language exchange community where you can find people to do a language exchange with through our online video chat.
You can also find friends who may want to go abroad to do a language-exchange arrangement with you. Read more
italki.com helps students connect to language teachers for personal online lessons. We believe that in order to become fluent in a foreign language, you need to get practice using the language. Aside from living in a foreign country, getting a personal online teacher is the fastest, most convenient, and most interesting way to learn a foreign language. Read more
Wirral Multilingual was born out of a shared passion for learning about other languages and cultures from around the globe, and is dedicated to promoting the world of cultural diversity – and opportunity – that exists on the doorstep of those currently living and working in the Wirral Peninsula. Read more
Sandy Ritchie from SOAS, University of London is helping to create a new online world to celebrate languages and help protect rare and endangered languages by enabling speakers of those languages to record and share their voice. Sandy and the … Read more
THE HISPANIC SOCIETY OF NORTH EAST OF ENGLAND IS A CULTURAL A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION.
Our main objective is to promote the Spanish language while promoting the exchange of cultural experiences, solidarity and good learning relationships between the Spanish, Latin American and British peoples. Read more
The project JEUNES NOMADES is a website dedicated to children from 10 to 14. Its purpose is to help practicing French through activities created by French speaking young students for French learners. It intends to facilitate exchanges in French between learners from all over the world. Three teachers of French from the French Institute in Madrid moderate theses activities; they invite the learners to present their town, their favorite recipies or their family. Young learners can send videos and discover other cultural habits. They can collaborate to create games together or to make projects on the theme of travel. They can also ask questions to other young learners from other countries.
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Bonjour Tonton! is a blog aiming to inspire pre-schoolers to start learning French and to show parents and teachers how fun it can be too!
Tonton the French speaking Tortoise puppet creates free, entertaining videos featuring short sketches and songs and games. Tonton and his friend Heidi speak entirely in French but the videos are simple enough that children can understand exactly what is going on. Read more
EuroCatering is the online language learning tool for the Kitchen, Restaurant, Reception and Accommodation industry. It is free and available in 11 languages. Language in context, colourful, interactive dialogues, designed by language and hospitality experts for the student in mobility, for the trainee or worker on the move. Register, log on and enjoy! Read more
“Hamari Boli” (Our Language) is the new name of Hindi-Urdu (the erstwhile Hindustani), the Lingua Franca of South Asia & Desis worldwide. With dozens of mutually intelligible local variants, and over 1 Billion 1st and 2nd language speakers, it is the second most spoken language in the world! Read more
Platform for parents and linguists to share insight in raising multilingual children.
A network of professionals and parents who are, or wish to raise their children bi/multilingually
The aim is to create a collaborative community to support individuals and families and help each other succeed in raising bilingual children.
Allfront-Languages is a UK national initiative engaged in promoting the benefits of embracing other cultures through the study of other foreign languages. This initiative seeks to reach out to teenagers aged 10 to 19 around the country through seminars and workshops. The focus is to encourage them to embrace a foreign language as part of their future career, business or personal ambition. Read more
The Home Language Accreditation Project (HoLA) is a city-wide project for Sheffield which aims to raise the educational attainment of bilingual pupils by supporting them to gain a national accreditation in their home language. Read more
A facebook group emphasising the sharing and practising of Greek. The emphasis is on using social media including google translate and youtube to immerse the group in frequent conversation to make modern Greek useful and relevant. Read more
Kick start your first 1000 words of Japanese with this FREE course for primary and secondary school teachers. The course is aimed at teachers who have never studied Japanese before, or who have just started Japanese, to build up their Japanese language and cultural skills… The course will take place during the autumn half term, so there is no excuse not to get involved!
Led by Shropshire Languages Society, a non-profit organisation promoting language learning from an academic, professional and social perspective in Shrewsbury. Since 2009/2010, the society has led the Salop Local Initiative for Languages project which aims to increase language uptake from 14 to university level. Read more
A GREEN MOUSE French and Spanish audio-visual resources offer accessible listening practice for children backed-up by subtitles, captivating pictures, and ‘stories’ to enthuse younger children and relate language learning to every day life. Read more
The aim of the Routes into Languages Foreign Language Spelling Bee is for students in Year 7 who are beginners in French, German and Spanish to practise and improve their vocabulary, spelling, pronunciation and memory skillsin the target language. Read more
Shropshire Languages Society – motto ‘Speaking together’ – is a non-profit organisation which promotes and aids the study of foreign languages from an academic, professional and social perspective. Read more
The aim of Routes into Languages East’s ‘Sing to the Future: Language Beatz’ is for Year 8 students to practise and improve their foreign language skills by transferring language from the Key Stage 3 curriculum into memorable lyrics. Read more
Inspiring the Future is a free service through which employees volunteer to talk about their jobs, careers and education. Schools and colleges can search for individuals to talk to students about how languages have helped them in their working life. Read more
The Language Factor Song Competition aims to promote language learning among young people across London. The underlying theme for the competition is ‘friendship’- one of the three Olympic values. Read more
Waltham Forest Bilingual Group (WFBG) is open to anyone who wishes to discuss issues around bilingualism, acquisition of languages, preservation of minority languages and related topics. Organised and set up by parents who wanted to share experiences of raising children … Read more
Our aim is to raise awareness of the good things that are happening. These projects are not managed by Speak to the future, and we are not responsible for the activities, but we encourage you to share your own experiences by commenting on these projects.