What is ‘The Lingo Show’?
‘The Lingo Show’ introduces different languages to a pre-school audience, sprinkled with a bit of culture. Starring ‘Lingo’ and his bug friends, each representing a different language, they enlist your child to help prepare for the ‘Big Bug Show.’ Through a series of playful activities the goal is to learn new words in context and then sing along to the finale song, featuring those words. ‘The Lingo Show’ applies CBeebies’ values of ‘learning through play’, to make learning languages fun and exciting for your child.
Who is it for?
‘The Lingo Show’ is aimed at both mother tongue speakers of English as well as children who speak other languages. For mother tongue English children, ‘The Lingo Show’ offers them the chance to find out about different world languages that some of their friends may speak at home. Therefore ‘The Lingo Show’ can help increase children’s awareness of language diversity both locally and globally. For children whose first language is not English, ‘The Lingo Show’ offers an ideal opportunity to revise key vocabulary in English as well as exploring new languages. They may also find their first language in the range of languages on offer.
How the languages were chosen
‘The Lingo Show’ supports a well-balanced selection of languages: popular languages taught in schools - French and Spanish, as well as up and coming languages - Mandarin. This will be followed by prevalent languages spoken across the UK in local communities - Punjabi, Urdu, Somali and Polish. Welsh will launch on St. David’s Day to support language learning in the nations. We have now added German to our selection of languages.
The Educational Values of ‘The Lingo Show’: The importance of learning a new language
Most children find learning a new language very motivating and enjoyable. Early language learning can also be very effective as younger learners are receptive to new sounds and are often willing to have a go at reproducing new words. ‘The Lingo Show’ offers younger learners the chance to explore new languages in an exciting and engaging way. The activities that ‘The Lingo Show’ offers provide a stimulating context for children to learn new words through playing games. Young children learn new languages most effectively when they have the opportunity to practice small amounts of a new language frequently. ‘The Lingo Show’ supports this approach as children can return to a particular game or try a new game as often as they like. Visual support is also very important in helping children assimilate a new language. ‘The Lingo Show’ provides attractive graphics and these will help children as they link words to images. The words in ‘The Lingo Show’ were chosen for being reflective of and widely recognisable by this age group, and each language uses the same words for consistency across the game.
Getting the most out of 'The Lingo Show'
Here are some other ‘Lingo-tastic’ ways to support your child’s language learning:
Say it together – Play along with your child and practise saying the new words together.
Draw pictures of the words - ask your child to draw pictures of the words from the different games. Stick these up around the house and as you see them, point to them and ask your child if they can say the word in a particular language.
Treasure hunt - for example, in the kitchen your child could look in the fridge or the cupboard and try to name the different food items they know.
Dress up as one of the characters - children may enjoy getting into role and dress up as one of their favourite characters. They could then try to practise all the words they have learnt in that language.
Greetings - how about greeting your child in one of the languages from ‘The Lingo Show’ and asking them if they can greet you? You can then praise them using a phrase used by a character, such as Très bien that Jargonaise says in French.