British Council Releases LearnEnglish Kids: Phonics, its First Interactive Story App with Family Social Network

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A phonics-based story app that helps children to speak and spell English integrates a private social network, connecting family members through their children’s learning.

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The main characters Sam and Pam are space spies who need to learn English after landing on Earth.

We're very excited to offer a story-book app which helps build early literacy and speaking skills, while encouraging real-time interaction between family members through reading.

The British Council has released LearnEnglish Kids: Phonics, an interactive phonics-based story app for the iPad that features a secure family social network to create a unique family reading experience.

LearnEnglish Kids: Phonics is based on the UK phonics programme Letters and Sounds, and contains a collection of eight stories, each focusing on a different set of sounds. The app takes full advantage of the iPad’s technical capabilities and features crisp, high-definition illustrations, read-along audio narration and hundreds of interactive flaps and buttons for an engaging and dynamic reading experience.

The app also includes fun activities like a drawing tablet and in-story vocabulary games. These activities are integrated with FamLoop, a secure social network specially engineered for families. The network is private, and access is only granted by the main parent who creates the family account. Parents install the corresponding FamLoop app on their mobile phones and receive instant notifications on their child’s progress in LearnEnglish Kids: Phonics, from in-story activity scores to screenshots of pictures the child has drawn. The integration of the FamLoop network with LearnEnglish Kids: Phonics allows real-time interaction and encouragement from family members, even when they are not in the same physical space, as parents can comment on their child’s progress in a safe and secure virtual environment.

‘LearnEnglish Kids: Phonics is an exciting addition to the suite of LearnEnglish apps which the British Council offers,’ says Tracy Dumais, Mobile Learning Consultant at the British Council. ‘We are very excited to offer a story-book app which helps build a foundation for early literacy and speaking skills, and at the same time enables and encourages real-time interaction between children and family members through reading. The addition of FamLoop to LearnEnglish Kids: Phonics really creates a unique family reading experience.’

LearnEnglish Kids: Phonics is the British Council’s second app for young learners. The mobile app offers one free story on download and seven other stories available for purchase at USD1.99 each. The first three paid stories are currently available and the others will be released at the end of 2012. Download LearnEnglish Kids Phonics for the iPad at the iTunes Store.

About LearnEnglish Kids
LearnEnglish Kids is a fun website for children who are learning English. There are games, songs, stories, videos and other activities. Members can add comments to the site and make their own cool character! The activities are designed for children to do on their own, with friends or with parents. There is also a section to support parents of young learners and lots of materials for teachers to use in the classroom. To learn more about LearnEnglish Kids, please visit http://www.britishcouncil.org/learnenglishkids

About the British Council
The British Council is the United Kingdom’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations. It works in the arts, education, English, science, sport and governance, and with over 100 countries worldwide and to build engagement and trust for the United Kingdom through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people. For more than 75 years, the British Council has shared the UK’s knowledge and ideas with the world. For more information on the British Council, please visit http://www.britishcouncil.org

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