Technology for the GCSE MFL classroom

As class sizes are not getting any smaller it is difficult for teachers to spend as much time with individuals as they would like and are turning to technology such as the SANAKO Study range of language labs to maximise teacher/student time.

These advanced systems enable busy teachers to spend time with all the class at once but with individual feedback, support, and file collection systems.

Find out more about Sanako’s range of classroom tools to support language learning skills.


ICT and Languages Event 2018 [#ILILC8]

Have you signed up yet?

If you’ve been to an ILILC event before, then you’ll know just how useful and how much fun they are. And if you haven’t – what are you waiting for!

This is a free event, at The Ashcombe School in Surrey, on Saturday 21st April. Following a day of sessions from teachers sharing their discoveries and ideas, there is also a Show and Tell in a more relaxed environment, and time to socialise with friends old and new.

Sanako is delighted to sponsor this event for the third year in a row.

More details are available over at the registration site, which you will find here.

See you there?

Sanako announces collaboration with Brähler ICS UK

Technology partners deliver innovative interpreting suite for Queen’s University Belfast.

Two market-leading technology companies have delivered a new and innovative interpreter training suite for Queen’s University Belfast.

Conference technology provider Brähler ICS UK, and language teaching software provider Sanako UK, have integrated their products to offer a bespoke interpretation suite which students on the MA in Interpreting Course are using to develop their expertise. After winning a tender bid, Brähler and Sanako UK collaborated closely to design a hi-tech solution which provides students with sophisticated learning resources and a setting that reflects that of real-life multi-lingual conferences and seminars. Both are major benefits in preparing students for their chosen careers.

Together, Brähler’s world-renowned CDSVAN professional interpretation equipment and Sanako UK’s industry-leading software offers the university a highly effective learning tool – the first of its kind in the marketplace.

The suite was also designed to provide added flexibility, allowing tutors to plan tailored teaching materials as students progress, giving them more freedom to develop skills at their own pace.

Brähler’s Business Development Manager, 

Duncan Conway, said:

“We are proud that our collaboration with Sanako has produced an advanced learning and teaching resource for students at Queen’s University Belfast. Although the project presented technical challenges, our approach meant that we were able to overcome them to achieve a market-leading solution for the university which is capable of transforming how the students learn the interpreting profession, thus entering the industry with excellent skills.”

Director of Graduate Studies, Poitr Blumczynski, adds:

“The School is delighted with the new suite which Brähler and Sanako designed especially for our needs. We have seen an improvement in terms of tutors being able to be more effective in their teaching. The equipment is of excellent quality and the software is enhancing the value of the interpreting programme. We look forward to seeing current students thrive as a result of the suite, and introducing new students to the technology next academic year.”

Brähler’s equipment included laptops, microphones, dual delegate units, interpreter consoles, a tutor / chairperson’s unit and a double-seated booth. Sanako UK’s innovative learning software, Study 1200 popular software language centre solution, provides blended learning, enabling students to study and practise either in the suite or at home – another first in the interpreter training market. The system is fully scalable and can be relocated to another area in the university when required. The technology can also be further customised and upgraded in the future.

Lecturer in Translation and Interpreting, Chen-En Ho, uses the suite frequently with his students who interpret English / Mandarin. He says:

“The new suite is a huge improvement – I am already noticing a big difference. It offers great authenticity which is excellent for our students, who can build up their knowledge while learning in a setting that reflects the working environment. I also really like the software – it provides me with significant flexibility, helping me to create customised lesson plans and support each student on an individual level.”


ISMLA Conference 2018

It’s that time of year when a lot of educational conferences seem to take place. Sanako was in attendance at AULC a couple of weeks ago, and on February 3rd we are delighted to be sponsoring and attending the annual ISMLA Conference at The Perse School in Cambridge.

We’ll be able to tell you about the latest additions to our product range, so come along and say hello!

Sanako @ AULC 2018 Conference

The AULC Conference 2018 will be hosted by Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield on 8-9 January 2018. The theme of the conference is:

The Future of Language Learning within the UK Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges

Sanako are proud to continue their long association with AULC and will be demonstrating the new “all software” Conference Interpreting System along with many other new and exciting developments.

European Day of Languages Competition 2017 – The winners

Sanako was once again pleased to sponsor this year’s European Day of Languages Competition for schools and colleges, organised by Network for Languages and Association for Languages North East.

This year’s focus was the celebration of Dr Martin Luther King Jr and his legacy. Students across the country – and in fact across the world – submitted entries exploring their thoughts on the topic ‘I have a dream …’.

We’ve loved seeing the winning entries, and send our congratulations to all schools and participants involved.

A full list of winners is available on the Newcastle University website.