Lingotot appeared in the press quite a bit today with lots of details of the new developments here at Lingotot HQ.
These include our rapid growth in the UK, our plans to export and our brand new graduate training programme.
You can read all about it in The Journal, in the Evening Chronicle or on Business Durham.
We'd love to hear from you if you'd like to be part of Lingotot here in the UK or overseas. Please do get in touch!
We are very excited to announce new classes in Northumberland and Bristol which of course means welcoming new Lingotot tutors! Meet Rachel and Kim who are our newest franchisees, looking forward to teaching lots of new classes. Both have degrees in languages and both speak French and Spanish. They have bags of enthusiasm and have a great rapport with children! We are sure you will love their classes. Please get in touch if you'd like to enquire.
You can start to get to know them here...
Lingotot HQ is super proud to introduce you to our two newest franchisees, Amy and Jennie. Both are remarkable women; excellent linguists with lots of enthusiasm who adore children! We are sure you will love their classes. Please get in touch if you'd like to enquire.
We interviewed them so you could start to get to know them both a little better...
This really interests us at Lingotot as we see many people joining us, either as tutors or as franchisees, who are fed up with the pressures of teaching and are looking for something more flexible, more fun with a lot less paperwork.
According to The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) union survey the top reason for leaving the profession was an overly-heavy workload. Almost 80% of teachers surveyed said they had considered leaving teaching because their workload was too high. When asked what would improve their work-life balance, suggestions included less work to do in evenings, less unnecessary paperwork, reduction of reporting demands and no more education changes in the curriculum.
The tops five reasons for leaving the profession are listed below. We'd love to hear your views!
If you'd like to find out more about joining us, why not come and visit us at a Discovery Day. Click here to find out more and book your place.
not learn a language if they sit and play with a toy that “speaks” the foreign language. It quite simply doesn’t work.
Lise Eliot is a well-known neurologist, mother and baby expert and she says, “Babies, infants and children learn best from interaction with other humans. It’s wired into us. In order to learn, children need language situations where the conversations are interactive, adaptive, and pitched at their level. If the conversations are immediately focused on what they are interested in, that can only help.” So if we play with the toys with our little ones in an interactive way, chatting as we go, then progress will happen - hurrah!
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We have some excellent news for Lingotots in Darlington and Reading. We are launching new classes there in the New Year, kicking off with Christmas Launch Parties! If you'd like to register for the Christmas parties please give us a call on 0845 680 8148 to book your place.
We'd like to give you a proper introduction to our wonderful new LingoTutors (drum roll please!)...
Where are your classes?
I cover the Reading area. It's very early days for me, but it has been so amazing the response that I've had from people. I can already see how rewarding the Lingotot experience will be!
What's your favourite Lingotot song?
My favourite Lingotot song is "Un barquito chiquitito", I always loved that song when I was little, especially when the boat manages to sail
We franchised the business to provide opportunities across the whole country for children to access high quality language classes. However in the process we have created many many flexible jobs for working mums. Our franchisees all work from home, usually fitting their business around their busy families. Our tutors work part time and juggle family and working life.
We are always looking for new franchisees and tutors, so please get in touch if you're looking for a professional job that is great fun, very flexible and family-friendly. Click here to find out more.
The government-backed scheme provides funding and mentoring to entrepreneurs. Some of our franchisees here at Lingotot have received this funding to kick-start their franchises, so if you'd like to join us but are struggling for cash it's one way to get started.
Next was Bill Morrow from Angel's Den who helps female entrepreneurs access funding for their fledgling business ventures. He was followed by Anna Kennedy OBE. She set up a school for autistic children after her two autistic sons were turned away from mainstream education. As we teach in many special needs schools we'd love to keep in touch with Anne!
We were all surprised by Henry Patterson (10 years old), founder of British children’s brand, Not Before Tea. What a fantastic public speaker! We should teach him some languages so he can deliver speeches internationally. He told us afterwards that although he is successful in business, he gets £5 per week pocket money.
Annabel Karmel was amazing! As a mum I of course have some of her books in the back of my cupboard, but hearing her talk about her business inspiration was wonderful; I laughed and cried in the space of a single minute. Caprice was the last guest speaker of the day and afterwards we had a lovely chat about juggling motherhood with business. She gushed about her sons Jett and Jax. She was very glamorous yet down-to-earth!
When the awards came along we were delighted to be given the Highly Commended Award in the Engage category. The Engage Award recognises businesses that work in close contact with clients and are based upon interacting with others as an integral part of the work they do. We are so proud!
Thank you so much to all of our customers; babies, toddlers, children, parents, nurseries, schools, tutors and franchisees. We owe our success to you!
We are also finalists in the WIN Awards for Best Home-Based Business. We are especially proud of this category as our franchisees all work from home and most have to juggle work with family. To be shortlisted in this category our franchisees have shown great self-discipline, determination and passion to develop a successful home-based business, overcoming these barriers, and demonstrating a successful work/life balance.
Below are some pictures of our Mumpreneurs and their Lingotots who made this possible! Thank you to you all!
Lingotot foreign language sessions introduce babies, toddlers and young children to a new language through stories, songs, games and play.