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"Piccolingo in Action" is coming to Monmouth

A Festival of foreign languages and cultures for children and families will be held in Monmouth on July 16th, 2011, from 10.30am to 5.00pm. Monmouth Children's Language Festival is part of the Piccolingo campaign for early language learning initiated by the European commission.

The Festival will host several events around the town, including singing and dancing on the historic Monnow Bridge, a flag hunt through the town centre, stories, arts and crafts, interactive workshops for parents and children in the Shire Hall and a "Eurovision Showcase" performed by children from local schools and nurseries. The event is organized by local language specialists "Sur le pont... Language Learning" and among the participants are: La Jolie Ronde, Twf and Devon Learning and Development Partnership.

The Piccolingo in action campaign of the European commission aims to popularize early language learning and tries to convince parents that children who start learning foreign languages from an early age will have much easier and more successful contacts with foreign cultures in the future.


There is great potential in having children learn a foreign language at an early age, and it is primarily parents who have the ability to develop it. The European Commission wants to raise awareness amongst parents about the importance of this effort with the PICCOLINGO campaign for early foreign-language acquisition because the multilingual European community benefits from what every individual learns as a child. Through very early contact with other languages, children become more open to other cultures and more interested in them. They develop better social competences and intercultural awareness. If children begin to learn foreign languages at an early age, they receive excellent preparation for their future careers since multilingual ability and mobility are keys to professional success in the globalized world. The campaign links experts and institutions from various countries and introduces particularly successful initiatives in a way that will create a network and forge a community of practice among the participants.

For more information about Piccolingo visit the official EU webpage

The event:
When: Saturday 16th July 2011
From: 10.30am to 5.00pm
Where: Monmouth (Chippenham playing fields, Monnow Bridge, Shire Hall)
NO entrance fee come along and join in our celebration of language & language learning!
Suitable for children of all ages (no minimum age!)
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