Language specialist Melissa Down is launching her own business – to teach toddlers and young children in Hampshire French and Spanish. Perfect timing considering that it has recently been announced that languages will be compulsory at KS2 from this September. Why not try one of her free taster sessions…?
Melissa, who was formerly a French teacher at The Burgate School and Sixth Form Centre, has decided to set up her Lingotot franchise in order to fulfil her ambition of teaching children a language from an early age. A big advantage for her is that it allows to mix her skills and experience in a business she can run from home.
Melissa, who was brought up to be bilingual by her French mum, explained: “I really enjoyed working with sixth form and secondary school children, however I believe that children grasp a language quicker at an earlier age, hence wanting to teach younger ones.
“I love the way Lingotot lessons are structured, mixing fun and learning brilliantly, which is why I wanted to lead the franchise, giving me the opportunity to share my specialism in languages, with primary schools, nurseries, preschools and with younger children in community classes.”
Lingotot links with KS1 and KS2 in the school curriculum, which means Melissa will be able to offer languages lessons to primary schools in the Southampton and surrounding areas.
“The new curriculum in September means that primary schools must provide language lessons for children from year 3. Many schools do not have a teacher who can offer that, but with Lingotot the lesson planning, delivery and marking are all provided. As the sessions are linked to KS1 and KS2, schools can be confident that they will achieve their targets using Lingotot.”
By setting up the franchise, Melissa will also be able to run community classes to teach younger children. She will be running classes in Freemantle, Romsey and St Deny’s starting in September. She explained:
“When my eldest, Theo, who is seven, was a baby, there were plenty of activities, such as water babies and the like, but never anything involving languages. I have always felt that languages should be offered to younger children because they absorb so much more and have always thought about setting something like this up. When I found out about Lingotot I decided to set up the business because I really loved the way it was run and the quality of its branding.”
Lingotot was launched by languages teacher Angela Sterling, from County Durham, while she was taking time away from work after the birth of her first daughter. Sterling believed that the UK should offer language lessons much earlier, after experiencing children learning during her time as an au pair in France. Since then, the franchise has rapidly grown and there are now 21 franchisees across the country, and many schools are using Lingotot tutors to provide language lessons.
Angela, who welcomed Melissa to Lingotot, said: “I am delighted Melissa has become our franchisee in the Southampton area. She has a massive amount of knowledge of French and many years of experience in teaching. I wish her well for the future and look forward to working with Melissa. Having this opportunity to learn languages will give children the chance to widen their horizons.”