|Headquarters||Shoreditch, London, UK|
|Services||Language Resources Website|
Linguascope is a publisher of educational resources for Modern Foreign Language (MFL) teachers and learners of French, German, Spanish, Italian and English based in Shoreditch, London. Primarily marketed at schools, its key products include interactive resources for whiteboard teaching and a range of iOS apps for language learners.
Linguascope began life in 1998 as a school webpage started by a language teacher, Stéphane Derône. Originally published as bonjour.org.uk and catering for French, the site was made available online for French teachers from other schools to use.
In 2002, Richard West-Soley, a teacher of German and Spanish and ActionScript developer, joined Mr. Derône in expanding the site to other languages. The sites hallo.org.uk and hola.org.uk were launched for these languages, followed by Italian and English versions shortly afterwards. These were intended for whiteboard teaching, which was beginning to become the norm in UK MFL classrooms around this time. Anna-Chiara Swaine then joined the team to provide more formal administration as the customer base grew, and Linguascope became a regular fixture at UK and international education shows.
2002 - 2008
As the sites developed, bonjour.org.uk and its sister sites were brought under the single Linguascope brand. Other content projects soon followed, including Linguamate, a Flash content creation tool. Ready-made content for other levels was also provided, with Linguastars for Key Stage 4/High School students and Linguaprime for Primary/Elementary schools. Eventually, the sections were renamed to become Elementary, Beginner and Intermediate sections of the different Linguascope language areas, as well as related tools and resources.
2009 - 2010
Alongside its electronic resources, Linguascope began to produce and market a range of physical aids for classroom teachers, including posters, stationery and grammar aids such as the Verb Wheel. In addition to these resources in 2009 Linguascope also acquired the kinaesthetic learning aid Talking Dice and promoted them through their existing channels along with new redistribution partners in Europe, Australasia and North America.
In addition to this Linguascope also entered the apps market creating a series of applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. These applications offer a slimmed-down version of the Linguascope website, as well as an international news update service, available in the same languages as the website, a Verb Hub application, offering similar learning techniques as that of the Verb Wheel and a Word of the Day app, allowing users to build their vocabulary of five languages. A Talking Dice app was also launched allowing users to practice any language in similar fashion to the Talking Dice computer software.
Linguascope held its first national conference for teachers in Brighton on the 25 and 26 June in 2010. Delegates were given presentations from MFL specialists including Helen Myers, José Picardo, Russell Stannard, Rachel Hawkes and Joe Dale. A dinner was also held for delegates with Stephen Clarke, the author of A Year in the Merde, attending as the guest speaker. The 2011 edition of the Linguascope Conference was held again at the Thistle Hotel in Brighton on 1–2 July, and featured John Moloney (comedian) as guest speaker.
Awards and nominations
In 2003, the bonjour.co.uk website was entered in the Cable & Wireless Childnet awards and was given the Special Individual Award, for Mr. Derône’s contribution to the MFL community .
During the Summer of 2010 the company was also nominated in two categories for the Education Investor Awards.