Dynamic, interactive language workshops

Working collaboratively with Your Voice, TAG and Inverclyde HSCP, Lingo Flamingo are set to deliver a 10 week pilot programme for people with learning disabilities at Gibshill Community Centre. This provides an exciting opportunity for people to learn about a different culture and the basics of a foreign language (Italian in the first instance) with the use of fun and stimulating new methods and techniques.



Lingo Flamingo goes out to care homes and day centres to deliver very tailored language classes. It’s about keeping people’s brains active. They take into consideration the medical, physical and mental health of older adults. Classes are very visual, they’re slow-paced and they include exercises in memory technique and confidence in learning.

People in care homes often haven’t been in a learning environment for decades, so it’s interesting to try and get people back into learning.

Lingo Flamingo currently work with Alzheimer Scotland and the University of Edinburgh to measure the cognitive effects of Language learning on older adults.

Studies published by the University of Edinburgh show that bilingual adults on average can postpone the effects of dementia up to 5 years later than mono-linguists. In addition to this, language learning increases our decision making skills, multitasking skills and heightens our ability to concentrate and communicate. Lingo Flamingo have implemented the world’s first foreign language outreach enterprise empowering adults through the knowledge of foreign languages.

Started 3rd March 2017


In week one we covered:

  • Your first 7 Italian words for survival... they key words that are mostly used in Italian (from SI to GRAZIE )
  • Greetings - I saluti : Buongiorno and more...
  • Making friends:...
    Introducing yourself, asking what's your name
    and how are you.
  • We are not so different...
    Italian words in English language
  • A touch of grammar...not too much!
    Two ways to say YOU in Italian


Lesson plans include:

  • Geography:  Italy and Switzerland... let's find out more!
  • True or False: geography quiz
  • Where are you from? learning country names in Italian and saying where you come from
  • Cultural objectives... Italian cities
  • A touch of grammar...not too much! the definite articles can be be fun
Lots of interaction, conversation and FUN!

Contact Kimberley at Your Voice for further information

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