Springboard… to Languages
Language Learning for KS1 and KS2
Our programs offer a unique introduction to how language works.
They use the regular, international language Esperanto as a tool to raise language awareness and build transferable skills. As such they are an ideal preparation for learning other languages. Attractive and easily accessible, they can be used at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. They include cross-curricular activities and support Literacy and Numeracy. The programmes are particularly suitable for the non-specialist teacher of foreign languages.Ideal to deliver as part of general Literacy, as a short course to build language-learning skills or as regular 10-minute awareness building starters for your weekly language lessons.
Springboard… to languages is a flexible, one- to four-year programme which offers a unique introduction to foreign languages through the simple, regular, international language Esperanto. It’s an ideal preparation for learning other languages and helps transition to KS3; it lends itself to cross-curricular activities and to KS2 Literacy and Numeracy work, and is particularly suitable for the non-specialist teacher of foreign languages in primary schools.
A unique introduction to foreign languages
Springboard is a unique introduction to foreign languages for all pupils at Key Stage 2.
- increase a pupil’s awareness of language structure generally
- highlight the links between languages.
- stimulate a love of, and interest in, language-learning through creative manipulation of the language.
Many schools used to teach children the recorder, not to produce a nation of recorder players, but as a preparation for learning other instruments.
Springboard uses Esperanto, not to produce a nation of Esperanto-speakers, but as a preparation for learning other languages.The strategy and benefits of this approach are summarised on the page Springboard and the National Languages Strategy.
Esperanto is used in some 90 countries around the world and is perfect for learning about other cultures and lifestyles.
Esperanto is uniquely placed in the world of languages, having speakers and contacts around the globe.
The links can provide contacts with classes and schools from many different countries.
Because Esperanto is easier to learn than national languages, students can start to use it sooner for real dialogue and correspondence.
And – because Esperanto doesn’t belong to any one nation or country – the speakers on each side of the dialogue will see each other as equals.
Pilot Schools – a new approach
There are Springboard pilot programmes running in two British schools: Bar Hill Community Primary School, Cambridgeshire, and Scorton C of E School, Lancashire.
We are keen to hear from other schools who may be interested in running a further pilot.
All Pilot Schools will be provided with free teaching packs. An introductory pack includes:
- A sample pupil’s workbook
- A teacher’s guide with supplementary worksheets and word-lists linking words to other foreign languages
- CDs with songs and dialogues
- Related worksheets for differentiation and support
- A set of 20 picture flashcards
- Stickers to encourage each of the four learning skills
- A sample copy of First Thousand Words in Esperanto and activity cards
- An Esperanto version of the multicultural book ‘United Nations. Come along with me!’
- A small pocket dictionary suitable for beginners ‘Mini-D’
- A sample copy of an information pamphlet for children ‘Look at Esperanto’
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