Bexley Lingotot Centre
Bonjour / Guten Tag / Hola!
My name is Sarah and I live in Welling, South East London. I am wife to Kerry (yes he has a girl's name), mum to daughter Freya (6.5 going on 17) and son Xander (3.5). I have had a love of languages since I was very young. In fact I remember a family holiday when I was 6 when I met a French girl and I asked my aunt and cousins to teach me sentences so we could play. That was the start of a passion that has grown and grown.
I studied French and German Interpreting and Translating at degree, and then took a Masters in Translation and Technology. I worked at an American Investment Bank for a number of years, looking after Benelux clients and using my languages on a daily basis.
Then along came the children and priorities changed, and I discovered Lingotot. It offered me the chance to be a mum and a business owner in a family friendly way and use my languages. Win-win.
This year I was awarded Best New Business at the Bexley Business Excellence Awards 2019 and I am so proud.
I love teaching children and watching them process new words. It is so rewarding to help them experience a new language and I have been known to well up when a child suddenly clicks and starts singing a song entirely in French much to their mum's astonishment. Learning a language at a young age is so valuable as children truly are like sponges. The younger they learn a second or third language, the more likely it is to become second nature to them, and a skill they can maintain forever.
Lingotot classes are packed full of interactive songs, games, stories, a craft and most importantly, they are fun! All of the sessions are conducted almost entirely in the target language and in our community classes, you learn alongside your children. Classes are suitable for babies, toddlers, young children and their parents/carers so that the whole family can enjoy learning a new language together.
Lingotot Bexley teach in community classes, day nurseries, KS1 and KS2 at Primary Schools (PPA), Lunch and Afterschool clubs.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions at all about Lingotot, or about what you can do to support your learning journey at home.
I hope to see you in class soon.
à bientôt / bis bald / hasta pronto,
PS: If you can't find a class you are looking for, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org xx
GENERATIONS 1, 2, 3
Due to coronavirus, care homes have had to close their doors to protect their residents, meaning our fab Generations classes are postponed.
We don't want the residents to feel forgotten so we have launched a campaign today and we are asking you all to join us. It is called Generations 1, 2, 3 and it is 3 things we could all do to help our local elderly population at this difficult time.
1. Encourage children to draw pictures and write letters to local elderly neighbours and care homes.
2. Email videos to care homes of the children talking about their day
3. Pop a note through the door of elderly neighbours offering help...use our printable help cards.
Read all about it via the link below and discover how you can get involved and to download cards you can pop through their door to offer help.
2018 Innovation Award at Lingotot Franchise Awards
2018 Best Children's Language Provider in South East at the Parent & Baby Awards
2019 Finalist at Family Network Awards
2019 Nominated in Club Hub UK Awards
2019 Winner of Best New Business at Bexley Business Excellence Awards
2019 Silver Award Winner for Network Contribution at AFA Awards
2019 Finalist in Most Loved New Activity at What's On 4 Kids Awards
- From parents
- From schools
Fantastic class run by Sarah. Sarah is a very dynamic teacher and her enthusiasm for languages is amazing.
Lingotot Bexley is a very structured class. The children learn by singing, playing, repeating words in a very playful way.
She has instilled a love of languages in my child. Thank you!
I highly recommend Lingotot Bexley. We started French lessons with Sarah when my child was at preschool and sadly had to stop once he started Primary School. The lessons were great fun, lots of interaction and variety, from singing, storytelling and crafting. Sarah is engaging and the children love her. She is so innovative and since lockdown she has been offering online Zoom classes, and continues to also provide the Generations classes. We jumped at taking part and they have been a highlight of our week. She has instilled a love of languages in my child. Thank you!
Lingotot Bexley is so much fun. I highly recommend it.
Sarah has amazing patience and great talent when it comes to teaching languages. My son thoroughly enjoyed his French sessions with Sarah and still talks about them/sings some of the songs despite no longer attending.
Sarah also teaches at my work place and I love seeing all the young children’s faces light up when they realise it’s Lingotot time. Their progress is amazing.
Learning a language from a young age is definitely an amazing thing to do and Lingotot Bexley is so much fun. I highly recommend it.
It's the one class you won't regret!
Although I'm lucky that my son is already from a bilingual family or blended family or mixed family. Not even sure what the correct term is now days! I dare not say what my husband refers to us as. Well, my son speaks (or what I should say, understands) English and Gujarati so why not add French to the mix. But I have a confession, I found Lingotots in the summer of 2019, they had a free taster in a local ish shopping centre, inside Mothercare. We tried Spanish the first time because he had never been exposed to that language before. I mean we don't watch Dora the Explorer at home.
So, let's fast forward to now. I was looking into doing a class again as I only have one day off now I have returned back to work. I knew I want to either do a language or some form of dance. This was when our paths crossed again and let's say the rest is history.
We are week 4 into the sessions, and we definitely get value for money. What I like the most is the whole class is in French, but that's okay, as it means us parents are learning to. We have a work book and homework if you chose (I need to chose to do it) and a great group of mothers. What more could you possibly want from a class?
Lingotot is a friendly, comfortable, non-judgemental class full of like-minded and non competitive mums, dads and nans. Its educational, exciting and fun. What I love the most is seeing all the little people learning, understanding and using French and for me, that's incredible.
Lingotot is definitely a must do class because it's sensory, it's engaging and most of all it's learning a new skill every time. I love learning a new skill with my son and then daddy helps us when we are at home.
Lingotot is amazing value for money (I know, I mention it again) and fantastic locations, we attend the Ruxley Manor class and from this I have already made a few new mum friends - what more could I want? Friends for mummy, fun for the baby and both learning together.
Book onto Lingotot, it's the one class you won't regret!
Thoroughly recommend - it's not just singing and playing, it's learning a language and important life skills too
I have been attending Spanish with Lucy on and off since my son was 6 months old. Lucy and Sarah are brilliant at engaging with the children, and restarting the 'mum brain'.
We had a bit of a break from it as I returned to work, but with lockdown got back into sessions on Zoom and Joel has been flying; his teachers at Nursery have said he has been speaking a few Spanish words... amazing, I'm so proud of him. Joel language development and communication skills are beyond his age and I'm sure his Spanish sessions are the reason why.
The stories in different languages are great too, Joel loves them and talks about 'tee loo' (petit loup), - we may have to start learning French too !! Thoroughly recommend it's not just singing and playing it's learning a language and important life skills too 😉
Sarah has been hosting French Lingotot sessions with Dee’s Childcare, once a week during term time, for approximately four terms and has become a regular fixture in our setting, that the children look forward to and very much enjoy.
Sarah is not just professional and attentive to the quality of her delivery she is also very personable and friendly with children, who warmed to her immediately. Because of this Sarah’s sessions are not only fun and educational they are also friendly and warm, with lots of hugs on both sides.
Our setting accommodates children aged 6 months - 11 years. 90% of our parents have opted to have their child/ren participate in the sessions on the strength of word of mouth recommendations from other parents.
Sarah effectively adapts the content of her sessions to meet the different levels of the children in the setting. In doing so, she manages to successfully, engage all the children by setting them age appropriate activities, then bringing everything together at the end of the session, which makes it feel, for the children, like a fully participatory group effort.
Every session is a fun interactive opportunity for the children to learn new words and songs relating to real world themes and settings, which is further illustrated through arts & crafts, puppets, musical instruments and other pre-prepared props.
We welcome the growing relationship with Sarah and are expectant that Lingotots with Sarah may continue to be a regular staple in our setting, which offers great foundational linguistic learning to all the children who participate.