Language Lizard, LLC - Overview
Language. Lizard, LLC was established in 2005 to meet the needs of teachers and parents who want to raise bilingual children and/or introduce kids to other cultures at an early age. We believe that children will be inspired to learn languages and connect with other cultures if they are exposed to fun and creative learning materials early on in their lives.
Language Lizard offers bilingual (dual-language) children's books, CDs, posters and world maps. All books are in English with one of over 40 languages. To see the full list of languages that we carry and learn more about our books, please see our Bilingual Books and CDs page.
The products are ideal for bilingual and ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers, foreign language educators, bilingual families, and librarians and other literacy organizations trying to meet the needs of ethnic patrons. The materials help families preserve their heritage and support parental involvement.
The stories include world folk tales and fables, contemporary stories that introduce other cultures and a respect for diversity, myths and legends, dual language reference materials and more.
Articles, Tip Sheets and Language Lizard BLOG:
Language Lizard offers numerous articles and information to support teachers and parents who are raising bilingual and multicultural children. Please peruse our BLOG or see the articles list on our Free Resources page to find numerous articles pertaining to the following:
- Ways to support language learning and diversity in the classroom
- Strategies for using bilingual books
- Multicultural lesson plans
- Celebrating holidays in a diverse classroom
- Benefits of bilingualism
- Partnering with parents to bring up multicultural children
- And much more!
Language Lizard Culture Connection Newsletter:
Language Lizard provides a free newsletter with helpful information on topics related to early language learning, supporting dual language learners, and bringing multiculturalism to the classroom. Click here to subscribe to the newsletter.
In the News / Press Releases
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September, 2008: INTERVIEW WITH LANGUAGE LIZARD PRESIDENT & FOUNDER ANNEKE FORZANI Interview on Public Radio International's "The World in Words" podcast (co-produced by BBC, PRI and WGBH) at http://media.theworld.org/pod/language/WIWpodcast22.mp3. (Note: The interview starts about 5 minutes into the podcast after the Hispanic Heritage Month/Football story).
Reviews & Testimonials
Our products have been well reviewed by critics, families and teachers. Click here to read reviews and awards on specific products. Click here to read Testimonials by Language Lizard's customers.
Location & Contact Information
The Company is located in Basking Ridge, NJ and can be reached at 1-888-LLIZARD (888-554-9273) or info@LanguageLizard.com . For address information and to contact Language Lizard using our online form, click here.
The Language Lizard Team
We have a dedicated team of employees and consultants who believe in the importance of exposing children to other languages and cultures at an early age. Click here to read more about the Language Lizard Team.
Need An Expert?
If you would like to speak to an expert on early language learning, educating diverse classrooms, or the benefits of exposing children to other languages and cultures at an early age, we are happy to help and can point you in the right direction for more information. Please contact us at 1-888-LLIZARD (888-554-9273) or info@LanguageLizard.com.
- In the US, over 20% of the population is either foreign born or has a foreign-born parent. The Census Bureau estimates that by the end of the 21st century, "minorities" will represent more than half of the total population. What can we do to help children who are learning English as a Second Language integrate better into their new environment? What can we do to help all children understand and appreciate the diversity around them?
- The government has recognized that America is falling behind in training its citizens to succeed in our global economy. The National Security Language Initiative is one step to increasing the number of Americans who can speak what they deem to be "critical" languages (e.g. Chinese, Korean, Hindi, Arabic). What can parents and teachers do to increase interest in and exposure to these less-commonly taught languages at an early age? Are we putting enough emphasis on helping children who already speak these important languages maintain their heritage and knowledge?
- Dual language books help children maintain their home languages and preserve their heritage, and are used to build multicultural classrooms. They are also used to encourage parental involvement and strengthen bonds between a child and parent (or grandparent). What are some creative ways that bilingual books can be used at home and in the classroom?