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.
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.