Dual-language resources for bilingual children and parents
and for the multi-lingual classroom
Dual-Language "Welcome to Our School" App in English with 30 languages
Passing on vital information to parents is key to pupils succeeding in school. With this in mind we have developed a web App for you to create your own personalised school handbooks. You specify the term dates, half-term breaks, parent-teacher evenings, school policies, and advice on how to get more involved with your school. It is a handbook that parents will continuously want to refer to in order to gain an understanding of how your school works and the role that they can play.
The web App works by filling in an English-only e-form. Enter names, photos, select from a number of options and add all the data that you need. You can save and amend, and at any time select a language, and then print out in dual-language format or email as a PDF. For example, you could have one booklet for the whole school, but enable individual class teachers to open it to change the page about their class. Show real-time photos, add class photos, teachers' photos…
This means that the App is not only personalised to your school but also personalised to every classroom.
Price: The App comes as a site licence for the whole school per language, meaning that anyone at school can use it. If you order 1 dual language edition the cost is £20 per year. If you order between 2 and 10 editions the price is £10 per year per dual language. For 11 or more language editions the cost is £5 per year per dual language. This means that for multiple copies the price comes down significantly. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Translation App: Translate, by Humans, your English Text in 100 languages!
You may need just a sentence or paragraph translated on many occasions. This breakthrough solution demands no minimum charge, and will send a word doc with English and the home language to you within a maximum of 3 working days. For example, if you wished to add a paragraph to the Welcome School form mentioned above, you could just copy and paste it into the Translation App. Then select the language(s) you need and click send.
Once you receive the Word doc, copy and paste it back into the Welcome App or any other document you are preparing. And you can use the same phrase over and over again!
Prices are fixed, regardless of language. £0.10 per word. We ask that you should try send us a sentence at least if possible. Remember, we use humans and not computers. Indeed for many of our home languages, such as Somali, Dari, etc, there is no "Google Translate". You can send us a Purchase Order with your sentence or if you like you may send an advance and draw down from it.
For further information, please contact email@example.com
Dual Language "Subject Terms" Dictionary for Secondary Schools
Subject Terms in English with Sylheti, Polish, Lithuanian, Panjabi and more.
650 key terms defined and explained orally in English and the Home Language. The subjects covered are English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Please tap on the image on the right and watch a short video.
Each dictionary is packed with information, explanations, and drawings, and is easily searchable. Teachers or students can personalise any term with their own notes, and share their comments with others. Academic English sentences, sample questions, and so on can be added by the tutors and shared with all students. Teachers can also check student's access to the audio Dictionary : when opened, what they are struggling with, how often they use and so on.
Reading Together in English (new dual language ebooks)
It requires skills for a parent to read a book together with their child. Good parenting is tough at the best of times, and when a child brings home a book from school to share, there are some basic things every parent must know.
Written by and created for the Equalities Team at Rochdale Borough Council, the 'Reading Together in English' series is the outcome of a project that included parents, children, and teachers in Rochdale, with all the illustrations drawn by children in primary and secondary schools.
Says Erica Field, project leader, "We've got one of our new arrivals and asylum coffee sessions coming up. Some of the parents who attend these were instrumental in why the book was produced in the first place. They were consulted along the way so we are very excited to find out what they think of the live product! All the art work in the book was produced by bilingual Primary and Secondary pupils in Rochdale. Some of these pupils are asylum seekers, some international new arrivals and some are second/third generation. This book has been a real joint project and makes me very proud of our families and schools. Mantra Lingua were so supportive in helping us do this. Thank you so much."
The title comes in English, and in English with ten dual-language editions (English with Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Czech, Farsi, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, and Urdu).
Arthur Conan Doyle Museum uses PENpal.
The museum is designing a travelling display on the creator of Sherlock Holmes, using PENpal as the key technology. Robene met with the team for a brainstorming session to discover all the different ways the display could be created. An essential requirement was that blind and partially-sighted visitors would have a rich experience and deep understanding of this iconic figure in English literature. Ideas such as tactile wall panels, big books, enormous books, and sound-enabled objects were explored. The Display should be launched at the beginning of 2017.
"Thank you so much for delivering a very thought-provoking and dynamic tutorial/presentation. We all thoroughly enjoyed it and are swimming in ideas. I know I have a much clearer idea about the technology and understand how versatile a tool the pen can be. I can't wait to get stuck in to the design of the exhibition and to explore the various methods of implementing audio description." Russell Olson, Project Leader.
We run OPEN DAYS at our offices for visitors to try out our PENpals, Talking Books, ViVOS Arframes etc. If you would like to attend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
e-books series "Key Terms in Maths in 12 dual languages" with audio in home languages
Many students, and their parents, may not have sufficient command over English to understand relatively complex terms such as "symmetry" or "equilateral" and so on. Traditionally, they had to resort to reading text in bilingual dictionaries, or PDF printouts from the web. This series of e-books is radically different, since students can listen to complex terms explained in their home language first.
Bengali/Sylheti, Farsi (Dari may understand), French, Lithuanian, Panjabi (Mirpuri may understand), Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Slovakian, Turkish, and Urdu.
They will also soon be available in Romanian, Arabic, and Latvian.
Other titles in the Key Terms Series are Science, Geography, and English.
Nursery Pack 1
The Nursery Pack has been compiled specifically for your EYFS needs.
Each Pack contains:
Talking Phonics Pack 1 including PENpal.
+ 4 Big Books for group storytelling.
“Improving speaking, listening & reading skills"
Launched in January 2016! Kitaboo Library of 400 dual language e-books for ipads, androids, mobiles and computers
The KitabooCLUB is the world's largest collection of dual language e-books in English and 35+ languages.
Each book comes with lots of features: among them listening to the story in the home language first, understanding the story, watching a short video using the same pictures, and then listening to the story page by page in English.
Help to Surrey Libraries
Surrey County Council, UK, has 52 libraries with over 12,500 audio books. The libraries had a problem: elderly and visually-impaired people found it very difficult to read text on the spine of the packaging. The text was too small and had to be read running upwards! It would be far better, they thought, to give the person the equivalent of a PENfriend so all they had to do was touch the label on the spine to listen to four things: the title, the author, the name of the narrator, and importantly the 'blurb'. With so many titles, the blurb is one key factor in choosing an audio book. We have been working with Surrey for over a year, and very soon in December they will be launching this service.
Please click on the picture below to see a short video of the service. If you are from another council, please inform your library of the Surrey County Service and they can contact us at: email@example.com
Outdoor graffiti-proof personalised welcome posters
Outdoor Schools Welcome Poster. A great way to break the ice with parents who do not speak English and can be rather scared of schools, is to show that your school cares. The multi-lingual WELCOME POSTER is now available for outdoors; it is printed onto an aluminium base and can be screwed into walls. The poster can withstand rain and sunlight, and is also grafitti resistant. We customise it with your school's name and logo, and can also add a QR code for parents to access your website through their smartphones. Each customised poster costs £200 + vat, and you can order by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interns make audio visual publications for viVOS
Alice Corile is from Mill Hill County High School. She is on a two-week internship with us. She has authored two publications: 'Rocks' and 'Properties & Characteristics of Materials'.
Talking Sex for Teenagers, Outdoor Welcome Signs, Three free pubs for Your viVOS
"Relationship Conversations - Sexual Violence and Exploitation". Rochdale EMAS translated this publication into Urdu, Sylheti, Slovakian, and Portuguese, with questions like: "How would you know if you or someone you know was being sexually exploited in a relationship?", "Can it be love if your partner gets jealous and calls/texts you constantly when you go out without them?" etc. There are 48 questions and issues printed on cards and published by charity, Brook (www.finkcards.com). Mantra Lingua has PENpal-enabled the translations, and you can get an idea of the effect by watching this video. For further information on ordering or adding more languages, please contact email@example.com or Erica.Field@Rochdale.Gov.uk
Macbeth EAL Kit
This comprehensive kit is made up of resources to suit different learning styles. Every teacher needs different tools to inspire different students with this exciting Shakespeare play. Macbeth EAL is truly multimodal: students can choose various ways to approach the text and enhance their comprehension. It has a simplified text Macbeth book with audio on every page. The audio is narrated with great sound effects – “Let your ears open your eyes”.
Included are 4 great Collaborative Learning games - Character Connect 4, Two Minute Autobiography, Close look at Act One, and Macbeth's Feelings - that will give insights about the play. Instructions for each game are also in dual language audio. And of course, with PENpal, students can record their own voices - role playing, analysing, verbalising, and enjoying the sound of narration.
Choose Macbeth since it is the only Age 15+ title that comes with so many features and linguistic support for today's classrooms with many EAL students. Native English speakers will also find hours of content with this Macbeth Kit.
New Arrivals Starter Pack
Our new Starter Packs are a quick start for the new pupil with little or no English. The Starter Packs come in 33 language options and in two age groups: 4 to 7 and 7 to 10. Each pack has a PENpal fully loaded with all the language audio files, a dictionary, and three story books, all in their own storage box. There is nothing simpler or more comforting to an EAL pupil than to switch on PENpal and listen in their home language.
With PENpal's recording function, the pupil can also practise English Pronunciation, and leave their recordings on the pages; a great way to build confidence in speaking.
This award-winning series has been specifically designed for babies. It is a great introduction to books through well-known nursery rhymes and interactive text. Available in English with Arabic, Bulgarian, Burmese, Czech, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Panjabi, Romanian, Karen (language of a Burmese tribe), Spanish, or Vietnamese. Singing songs and rhymes is the perfect way to bond with your baby and share quality time. It also aids language development by introducing them to the natural sounds and patterns of speech. Combining these with actions also stimulates the brain and helps muscle development.
A Day with Grandpa
A Day with Grandpa is a brilliantly illustrated book by Fiona Rose, winner of the prestigious D&AD14 award for new illustrators. Written in rhyme, this 'read, point and explore' book will raise more questions than it answers...
The book addresses two important issues - the relationship between children and their grandparents, and the steady increase of dementia - in a sensitive yet quirky way. It will soon be available in dual language editions printed in English with Polish, Bulgarian, Czech, French, Lithuanian, and Spanish. It is also TalkingPEN-enabled, and the audio files can be downloaded using our free software FreeLINK. At 28 x 28 cm, this beautiful softback book can be enjoyed by children alone, or with a loved one.
Take your child by the hand and enter an enchanted world where everything is possible for a day. Every page bursts with magical images that add extra meaning to the poetic story of a child and his grandad. Click 'read more' to gorge yourself on some of the wonderful illustrations, and see the magic for yourself!
An interactive toolkit for teaching KS2 Spanish with confidence and ease by Clare Seccombe
LinguaTALK Spanish is a multi-sensory structured language course that enables children to progress from word level to text level with confidence. It is fully compliant with the new Programmes of Study for KS2 languages: ideal for the non-specialist teacher as it gives a native-speaker model to follow in a structured learning process. It's also useful to the specialist teacher who may want to enrich her repertoire with new activities.
Clare is a Spanish and French Primary Languages teacher and MFL consultant. She is well known for her imaginative approach to language learning, and is on the Primary Languages Special Interest Group of ALL (Association of Language Learning).Read more
LinguaTAB School Admissions App & Tablet in 15 Languages
The admissions process can be a challenge for parents who are new to English and for staff trying to obtain key data.
'How Schools Work' Personalised Poster in 23 Languages
Schools are always striving to communicate better with parents, especially parents who are new to English. This popular talking poster is a cross-section of a school, with audio in 26 languages.
Personalised Welcome Poster in 35 Languages Video
Personalise Your Welcome in Different Designs: Welcome to My School, My Classroom, My Class Students, Poster with 'welcome' in 35 languages. You can also have a poster introducing Staff through photos and voice!