Inspiring Projects

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.

Indigenous Language ProjectIndigenous language, revitalization, culture, preservation

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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

EDOL 2014: ALLNE / Network for languages / Routes into Languages NE annual EDL competition for schoolsNorth-East

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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.
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Cracking the code!Learn a new language

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Our project takes language taster sessions into secondary schools. Read more

Lingotasticpre- school children,

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Lingotastic is a group for parents and their babies and pre- school children to come together and take first steps in second languages through puppets, singing and play. Read more

Be Inspiring ProjectSuccess Motivation Determination

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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

Mother Tongue Other Tongue Poetry CompetitionLanguage Poetry Compeitition

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Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a national poetry competition, led by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Read more

ARA People’s Language Academy Not For Profit LimitedFree Languages Thirdworld

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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 for ExchangeAbroad language-exchange community

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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.comOnline Language Teachers

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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 MultilingualWirral Multilingual Language Culture

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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

Language Landscape – putting your language on the map

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

La semaine de la francophoniefrench, francophonie

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An official project celebrating French across the world. Lots of great partners involved http://www.dismoidixmots.culture.fr/?cat=401 Read more

The Hispanic Society of North East of Englandspanish language, spanish cultura, latin america cultura

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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

Janet Lloyd NetworkPrimary Language Learning Network

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Effective networking and sharing
Progression in primary language learning
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Voyages en français : les jeunes nomadesfrench, intercultural exchange, travel

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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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Vocabulary TrainerFree online language learning tool

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The Vocabulary Trainer is a free language learning tool teaching useful travel phrases and the most frequently used words in more than 30 languages. Read more

LUCIDE – Urban LanguagesMultilingualism Cities Europe

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LUCIDE is a network which is developing ideas about how to manage multilingual citizen communities. Read more

LUCIDE – Urban LanguagesMultilingualism Cities Europe

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LUCIDE is a network which is developing ideas about how to manage multilingual citizen communities.
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Spanish Boot Campspanish through sport

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Spanish Boot Camp is a unique method of delivering language teaching both in and out of the classroom. Read more

Language and Cross-Cultural Communication Skills – Free Taster Seminar, Linguarama LondonFree Taster Seminar

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Linguarama London is pleased to announce a free Language and Cross-Cultural Communication Skills Taster Seminar on Thursday 7th November. Read more

Bonjour Tonton!French for preschoolers

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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 Language Trainingwww.eurocatering.org Language training for the hospitality industry

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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 = Hindi-Urdu Reinvented!Hindi, Urdu, Hindi-Urdu, Hindustani Language, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Asia, Desi, lingua franca

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“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

Bright Knowledgemodern languages, learning, students

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Bright Knowledge is the essential guide to education, careers and student life. It contains extensive information about studying modern languages and the careers it can lead to. Read more

Multilingual Parentingonline platform for families raising bilingual children

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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.

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Sussex Chinese SchoolLearning Mandarin Chinese

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This project aims to provide a learning opportunity for children aged 3-18 years old. There are different levels of classes from beginners to GCSE, etc. Read more

AllFront-LanguagesAllFront-Languages, AllFront-Africa

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

HoLA – Home Language Accreditation ProjectHome Languages, Accreditation, Bilingualism

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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

Facebook Practice and Learn Greek GroupModern Greek

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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

Basic Japanese language and culture course for teachersJapanese teachers

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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!

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Watch Your LanguageGerman for primary

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Watch Your Language is a series of free video resources available on YouTube for primary aged children learning German, produced and presented by a former primary school German teacher.

It approaches language learning in a completely different way, relying on actions and expression of voice to help children retain new vocabulary.

The whole idea of Watch Your Language is that it is fun and inspires children to develop an early interest in language learning!

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Shropshire Languages SocietyLanguages, Post 14, post 16, GCSE, AS, A, level, French, German, Spanish

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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.
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A Green MouseFrench & Spanish

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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

Foreign Language Spelling BeeSpelling competition

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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 SocietyCommunity group

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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

Sing to the future: Language BeatzLanguages singing competition

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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 futureConnecting businesses with schools

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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 FactorLanguages singing competition

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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 GroupCommunity group

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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.
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