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Diglot Books Wins Practical Pre-School Awards Modern Foreign Language Category!
Buckinghamshire, 21st September 2012 – Diglot Books, a leading provider of bilingual language products for children, announced today it has won the Overall Category Award for Modern Foreign Languages at the Practical Pre-School Awards.
French Language Gift Pack Recognized for captivating and interactive way of teaching French to pre-school children.
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire – 21st September 2012 – Diglot Books, a leading provider of bilingual language products for children, announced today it has won the Overall Category Award for Modern Foreign Languages at the Practical Pre-School Awards .... not bad for a first attempt!
These coveted awards are presented annually by trade publication Practical Pre-School Magazine and sister magazine Primary Teacher Update. They identify and reward the most brilliant, innovative and expertly designed equipment and learning resources for early years and keys stage 1 & 2 children in professional childcare and educational settings.
Products were tried and tested to the third degree by a scrupulous panel of practitioners and children, with testers looking for durability, adaptability, educational value, play value, value for money and many others.
What the tester’s said:
‘The great thing about this product is the Dragon hand puppet which the children loved and really helped with the appeal of the product. The flash cards worked really well and the CD contained some great, well known songs for the age range.’
This Language gift pack really brings languages to life for pre-schoolers in a fun and interactive way. Each pack in clued a Diglot Dragon hand puppet, a dual language ABC book, a set of flash cards and a fantastic bilingual nursery rhyme CD where popular songs are sung once in English and then again in French.
About Diglot Books
Noun: A Bilingual book or person
From the Greek diglottos, from di- (two) + -glottos (tongue, language)
Diglot Books began life in 2010 following one of those simple over a coffee conversations that often happens between two friends. Founder Alison O'Dornan was visiting with her friend Wilma vanRiel when Wilma mentioned a small but inspirational idea that she had for a bilingual ABC book for toddlers that only used words that began with the same letter in both languages. The idea stemmed from time spent with her 18 month old daughter Sophie who was trying to get to grips with the alphabet in both her native Dutch and English languages. Whenever Sophie was looking at a book on her own she would often get confused when the picture and letter didn't match the word she thought of in both languages. For example when letter "D" was represented by a picture of Duck, which worked in English but not in Dutch where the word "eend" begins with "E".
Alison was so inspired by this simple idea that she did some research to find out if anything like it already existed, and when she found there was nothing out there, she set about finding a way to make the idea into a book.
Fast forward to 2011 and combine that initial concept with Alison's desire to inspire ordinary parents that is possible to raise their own children to be bilingual with all the cultural, creative and academic benefits that diglotto's brings and Diglot Books Ltd was launched.
Since those humble beginnings of a discussion of an ABC book in Dutch and English around a kitchen table, Diglot has now extended its range to include a range of products in several languages including French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Welsh and Dutch and are continually expanding this list. The free audio files available help parents and children alike to listen to pronunciation and build confidence, the dual language parallel text in the books aids subliminal absorption of the vocabulary, and the ever friendly presence of Diglot the Dragon creates an enjoyable interactive way for children to learn a second language.