b small Publishing has just launched the b small Little Linguist Award, a nationwide competition which embodies their passion for children's language learning. The Award winner will see their foreign language story published as an ebook by b small.
The b small Little Linguist Award is designed to provide parents, carers and teachers with a framework for introducing their children to foreign languages through words and pictures, storytelling and imaginative thinking.
A dedicated web page (follow the link in the blogpost title) for the award will provide a story template inviting children to complete their own foreign language book, in French, German, Spanish or Italian.
Learning a new language is fun, rewarding and enriching, and for young children the benefits of language learning are far-reaching, providing advantages such as early reading skills, cognitive development and improved problem-solving skills. This is especially important as these foreign languages are most commonly taught in primary schools and foreign language teaching is set to be introduced into the National Curriculum.
This is the perfect opportunity for teachers looking to encourage their students to showcase what they've learnt on a national scale and to promote the cause of primary modern foreign language teaching. Parents and carers looking for activities to keep their children entertained throughout the Easter holidays can also embrace the competition!
Little Linguist Award is open to all children in the UK age 6-11 and will run throughout the summer term. A resource pack is available to download from bsmall.co.uk/competition including:
• The story template - a downloadable story template for the children to complete in their own words with accompanying pictures.
• Notes for teachers/parents - hints, tips and additional vocabulary and sentence suggestions to aid parents and teachers in guiding their young language learners.
• Downloadable entry form to submit the finished book.
The closing date for entries is 1st June 2013 and the winner will be announced on 1st July 2013. The entries will be judged in 2 categories; children age 6-9 and children age 9-11 with a winner and runner up in each category. b small will make the winning story entry available for free on their website as an e-book. The winner will also receive a library of b small language learning books worth £100.