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Languages made fun with Linguasign

Frequently asked questions

 

We have listed some of our frequently asked questions, but if you are unable to find what you are looking for, please contact us.

 

Q: I have no modern language teaching experience – will still be able to use LinguaSign?

A: As a class joins in with a play, the avatars replace the teacher as the ‘first voice’ of the new language.

Q: Why use sign language in the teaching?

A: Research shows that KS2 understanding and retention is improved when new language is accompanied by gestures.

Q: Isn’t LinguaSign just a simple cartoon?

A: The signing, native speaker avatars are not just cartoon characters: they are sophisticated 3D animations, more lifelike, more appealing and more easily imitated.

Q: Will the class be able to adapt to a new way of learning?

A: LinguaSign allows a whole class to learn new words and phrases using an ‘immersive’ approach. This is similar to how we learn our first language: by listening to and copying frequently repeated words around us.

Q: What depth of learning can we expect from LinguaSign?

A: Each LinguaSign play contains a vocabulary of about 50 new words (200 over 4 stories) reflecting the informal speech patterns of a child.

Q: How often do I use the materials?

A: It is recommended that classes revisit the same play several times (6-10 repetitions on average), watching,      listening and taking turns (as a whole class) to imitate the native speaker voices and gestures of the avatars. The full suite of 4 plays provide 2 terms learning for KS2.

Q: Will children feel isolated by having to repeat unfamiliar words in the classroom?

A: When ‘echoing’ the plays, no-one speaks on their own.

Q: What languages can LinguaSign be used for?

A: Languages are currently available in English, French, Portuguese and Dutch. Our unique software enables the rapid development of new languages – which means resources for minority languages can be cost effectively developed to the same standard as more mainstream languages.