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Running your Lango Business FAQ

Read our running list of questions received via email.  If you have a question, please email:

  • Link to Becoming a Co-op Member FAQ

  • How involved is the Co-op in a Member's day-to-day Lango business?

  • Since Lango is not a franchise, the Co-op is not involved in any way in a Member's day-to-day business. Each member is an independently owned company. The Co-op provides the intellectual property for a Co-op Member's language business to have quality products to use in teaching children Spanish, French and Mandarin.

  • How do Co-op Members find teachers

  • Members often rely on local job boards provided through craigslist as well as local universities to find teachers.

  • How do Co-op Members pay teachers?

  • Members usually hire teachers as full-time or part-time employees and pay them accordingly. Many members have found the best method (of payment) to be to set up Vendor Payments through their bank and make direct deposits. This streamlines the payment process and cuts out the need to write checks and track down teachers to pay them or stuffing envelopes.  Again, since each Co-op Member's business is independently owned, the co-op is not involved in any of these processes.

  • What kind of learning materials does Lango produce?

  • Development of materials is ongoing.  So far, Lango has completed 3 years of Spanish, French and Mandarin learning materials for its members and their parents + camp materials and another year of Spanish-only materials - with plans to complete that series with French and Mandarin materials as well. The 3 completed themes have 4 book titles each that include student book, durable teacher spiral, lesson plans, flashcards, worksheets and ematerials. Lango has also created its own custom music (Spanish, French and Mandarin CDs), a Cosmo Puppet, and the Lango Kids/Cosmo/Mrs. L plush dolls.

  • Co-op Members have free access to detailed lesson plans for each of our books.  They purchase their books, flashcards, music, puppets and plush toys from our Member Store.  Parents have access to purchase class materials through the Member Store as well at a discounted rate (as compared to the National Lango Store).

  • How often do Co-op Members teach the bilingual classes (once a week, every day)?

  • That depends on the needs of the school, daycare or other location where you are providing classes.  Our Lesson Plans are extremely flexible for any situation that you need or that a school/day care wants.

  • Some members run 1x per week classes in 10 week sessions which matches the number of chapters in each book. However, since there are 3 or more activities in each lesson plan /per chapter (x10 chapters= 30+ activities per book), a member could run more than 1 class per week and have plenty of activities using our materials. 

  • Other members run classes year round with one theme (especially in daycares) and break up the year into four sessions, using one book per session. 

  • For example:  One of our themes is Seasons.  It has 4 titles:  Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.   There is a version of materials for each of our three languages, Spanish, French and Mandarin.  In one year, a Co-op Member could run four sessions with breaks in between each that match the seasons.  Or they could run year-round and just take holiday breaks or breaks when the school is off.

  • What is the length of each class?

  • Co-op Members typically run classes that are 45 minutes - 1 hour. Each chapter's lesson plan is modular so elements can be taken out for a shorter class (say a 30 minute class) or left in to do an hour long class.

  • Where can Co-op Members run classes?

  • You can run classes anywhere that there are kids.  Public schools, private schools, day cares, dance or yoga studios, parks and recreation centers or your own school.  The program can be part of the regular school day (especially at day cares) or as an after school enrichment program or a stand alone public class at a studio or other public location.  Typically

  • What kind of space do you need for a class?

  • Preferably a room with an open space, few distractions and a rug for the teacher and students to sit on.  Our activities are play and activity based.  Our kids are not sitting at desks turning pages in a workbook.  They are singing, dancing, playing games, doing simple art activities, and having fun learning another language. 

  • Some locations can be tough if they have toys around to distract the kids.

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