Tuesday night saw the successful Pilot Launch of Alphalingo, which I proudly presented to the public. What, you might ask, is Alphalingo? Alphalingo is the future of Language Learning; providing an online language learning web tool that makes life easy for students and teachers! www.alphalingo.ie
Anne Watson is the founder and director of Alphalingo, and she is one of the people who get great value from business coaching @ Management Matters.
Last night was the result of Anne attending "What's YOUR strategy?" one day workshop in August. Anne identified a need to present the product to potential customers and designed and delivered the Pilot Launch which was considered a huge success by all who attended.
Anne worked for years as a language teacher and she often thought about how exactly we learn languages, is it only by imitation, a subconsicous learning? She came to the conclusion that it is possible to learn how to understand a language subconsciously, but in order to master the language at a deeper level, with a potential to become fluent in it the mechanics of a language - Grammar must be understood. She contrasts it with driving a car- to drive a car well one doesn't need to know how the engine works, and in her own words, even how the petrol gets to the gear stick! :-) With language once you understand the structure - Grammar you've achieved half of the goal - and when you start learning your next foreign language you already have the foundation in place making it a lot easier.
Anne's vision is for every child in Ireland to be competent speaking, reading and writing 4 languages at Leaving Certificate! Quite a big vision, with Alphalingo utilising technology and different learning styles, reducing the time consuming work of the teacher (Lesson plans already prepared, and no need for photocopyinig!) and with the flash 3D animated characters of Rio, Bob, Muriel and Tina to guide the students on their way this is guaranteed to find it's place in every school throughout Ireland and beyond!
From one idea of a language teacher who thought, surely there's a better way? To the launch of Alphalingo, the future of language learning may be a giant leap, but it started with a small step. Anyone who knows Anne will know it's hard not to get swept up with the passion and energy that she has, for me it was an honour to be part of something that will make such a difference to so many people, today in irish schools... and tomorrow across the world! Watch this space for news about the individual language learning programme so you too can brush up on your German, Italian or French before you go on your holidays!
The Alphalingo Pilot Launch was the first of many Significant events that mark the success of Anne bringing her thoughts, vision and idea's into reality. What ideas do you have that you're allowing to gather cobwebs? When are you going to take them out and examine them in the light of day to see if you too can live the life of your dreams?!