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 Springboard project offers a comprehensive programme of language awareness development and introduction to languages for pupils at KS1 and 2, easily implemented by a non-specialist teacher of languages. By using a regular, phonetic language as a springboard to second language learning the project aims to:
Why does Springboard use Esperanto?
- Esperanto is an ideal ‘apprentice’ or ‘starter’ language. It brings together elements from other languages and has structures and word-building features which are easily accessible to young learners.
- Its regular structure helps learners to develop a feel for nouns, verbs and adjectives, etc.
- It is used in some 90 countries round the world and is perfect for learning about other cultures and lifestyles.
I can do it!
- 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
- encourage a positive self-image in each pupil as a successful language learner
Springboard builds a firm foundation of knowledge and understanding of foreign languages and helps enrich and consolidate a learner’s knowledge of English.