"Over 20% of our students are EAL...We wanted a way for EAL students to be able to access the curriculum more easily, with something faster and easier to use than a bilingual dictionary...The students that have tried the pens are working much more independently in class."
- FIONA MURRAY, SENIOR TEAM LEADER IN LEARNING SUPPORT, KENTON SCHOOL
“As an international student, I had to sit in front of my cell phone or PC to look up a web dictionary continuously. Now I can check every new word within half a second. I love the LingoPen™ more than my cell phone.”
- AMAZON USER
“The audio functionality is of course beneficial for all EAL learners; the importance of students hearing target language modeled is a fundamental principle of good practice for supporting students who are learning English as an additional language.”
- HAMPSHIRE EMTAS TEACHER ADVISER
"The LingoPen has so much potential and can be used for various subjects. As a French teacher, I can see how it could help 3 different categories of pupils :
Higher achievers could work independently and be given challenging tasks. The pen is very helpful as it gives both pronunciation and meaning of difficult words. Therefore, pupils can develop and improve the range of their vocabulary. It can obviously help them with accuracy too. It could be used for reading especially. Would be extremely encouraging for pupils as it would give them the opportunity to access reading books (that they would not be able to read without the pen).
Lower achievers : make texts easier to read and to understand, therefore it can help them to feel confident and to have a sense of achievement. As we know, self-confidence in your knowledge is crucial when one is learning a foreign language. It gives the opportunity to access the content easily. It would also help them with pronunciation which is a daunting exercise. Speaking is a vital part of the language and it is important for pupils to get the pronunciation right.
It could also be used by non-native pupils so they can understand instructions properly. Their English is not always fluent enough and some cannot access the curriculum not because there are not able to but because of the language barrier. It has such a great potential for these pupils too as it would allow them to show their understanding, skills in class a lot quicker if they had access to this pen.
I like the fact that the pen offers multiple languages too. As I said I can see that it is helpful for pupils with reading difficulties. Having the pen reading the words out loud means that pupils are more independent, help them to access the content easily, no need to re-read the information various times before they can understand it (gain of time)."
- FRENCH TEACHER
"The pen is small, light and very easy to use, can be used with or without headphones. It is discreet and does not draw the attention of other pupils. It definitely helps make life easier without being overly noticeable."
"As an international student, I was a slooooooooooow reader, it took too long to read through my textbook, I have to sit in front of my cell phone or PC to look up web dictionary continuously… That was my life. But now I can sit anywhere even a lazy-boy to read my textbook with my LingoPen, that is UNBELIEVABLE, I can check every new word within half second, it recharged one time and can be used for a long time, I love my LingoPen more than my cell phone."