Through watching older adults engage with the material in our multi-sensory language classes, I have seen the value in language learning simply for learning’s sake. When we subtract the focus on fluency from learning a language, we enable tutors to explore novel teaching ideas, and students to enjoy the process of being immersed in a different culture and context: perhaps through sampling traditional Spanish churros or by listening to some of Germany’s finest Schläger. My time at Lingo Flamingo has led me to reconsider the importance of fluency, and focus instead on the ways in which language learning is a tool for enjoyment and fun.Read More
Here at Lingo Flamingo we are very excited to be announcing the opening of our first Language Nest. We want to tell you how we got here, what it means and how it will effect our mission of tackling dementia through language learning.Read More
At Lingo Flamingo we tackle dementia through language learning, but we didn't pull this idea from just anywhere. Rather, the wind in our wings is powered by some extraordinary research from the world's finest universities. In the article below we've rounded up the key facts and findings that have led us to create our unique language classes for older adults.Read More
Much of the media has a habit of misconstruing or misrepresenting dementia within their coverage. We consider why this is problematic and what needs to change.Read More
We spoke with lovely Mari Dougan about her mum, Patricia, who takes part in our French classes in Dundonald House Nursing Home in Ayrshire. Mari told us of the benefits the classes have had on her Mum - who was diagnosed with dementia in her early seventies, and who is now 78 - and of the enjoyment her Dad, Eric, has gained from attending the classes alongside his wife.
Here are eight of our favourite things we learnt from Mari about Patricia’s classes.Read More
We speak with our volunteer tutor Sarah McKenna to discuss her love of languages, her motivation for joining Lingo Flamingo, and her experience of teaching Spanish to older adults living with cognitive conditions in Cambuslang.Read More
Research shows that the stigma surrounding dementia can be overcome when the range of services offered to those living with dementia is broadened. At Lingo Flamingo we see ourselves as part of the movement to challenge stigma by adding colour and variety to the services available to those with dementia.Read More