29 September 2021
Jèrriais is now live on an online language learning platform which is used by hundreds of thousands of schools worldwide.
Jèrriais is the 15th language to be included in the Beginner section of Linguascope.com, which was founded by Stéphane Derône in 2002. With a target age range of 8 to 14-year-olds, the Beginner section includes topics such as colours, animals, food, family and sport.
Former Victoria College student, Atticus Mawby, who is currently studying languages at Durham University, provides the voice for the Jèrriais section on Linguascope.
This project has been supported by Le Don Balleine Incorporated Association and The Jersey Community Foundation with funds from the Channel Islands Lottery.
The Jèrriais Teaching Service offers free annual subscriptions to all Jersey schools, so students and staff can access all the languages available on the website and app.
Head of the Jèrriais Teaching Service, Ben Spink, said: "We are thrilled to have high-quality, engaging, interactive digital Jèrriais resources for younger learners and we are excited to let schools know that this opportunity is available."
Minister for Children and Education, Deputy Scott Wickenden, said: "It is excellent that our Island language is being recognised worldwide. It is important for our heritage that Jèrriais is passed down from generation to generation and I very much welcome this news."