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English for children - Lingokids

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  • Android
  • iPhone
  • iPad

Teacher Overview

The application ‘Lingokids - English for Kids’ is an application for learning English for children aged 2-8. The software has over 3,000 words to learn in a fun and exciting way. The app is free to download and uses a subscription based model. Users can choose from a Basic plan with a limited number of activities per day or an Unlimited plan which gives access to all contents, offline usage and additional materials. The application is free from in-app adverts and is available in a number of different languages. It is noted that the application is a mix of British and American English.

Teacher Review

Upon opening the application, the user is shown a delightful company splash screen in portrait mode. ‘Lingokids’ has a content partnership with Oxford University Press which gives parents peace of mind from the largest university press in the world.
 
Parents can access an account option by using the login in the top right or bypass this by accessing the app straight away where the parent is asked to tailor the user program with the child’s age and level of English. An email and account is required after this stage. Once the program has been created and the user has logged in the screen reverts to portrait mode and delivers a wonderful, fun and engaging animated sequence. Lingokids offers lessons in three categories; words, phrases and sentences. Lessons vary from meal times, finding friends in the ocean, dancing flamenco and so much more.
 
The learning dashboard is very intuitive, easy to read and child-friendly. The child can see their avatar in the top left with a learning map displaying progress in the top right. The avatar in the top left offers further access to news, profile changes and a parent’s area. The developers could offer an option for the user to create their own avatar to personalise the profile even further. Additional profiles can be added for multiple children where the dashboard can then switch between users. The ‘news’ area provides access to a wealth of information about new developer features, tests, the curriculum, progress reports, and further profile settings. We really appreciate that the developers have created a level of security to enter this section although typing three numbers could be rather easy for a child to access. The developers should consider using a multiplication sum as a parental lock. The information in this section is of great educational value and well presented. It is noted that this section of the application reverts to the portrait mode. We were also unsure if there was an option to turn the music off throughout the application.
 
The ‘Book’ icon in the bottom right of the Home dashboard displays a sticker book for the user to collect a selection of stickers. These include various characters from the Lingokids family. Each work unit can be scrolled from right to left within the main dashboard. We did find that some of the units were incredibly easy for the age group that we had entered. However, the user experience, characters and animations are stunning. Our users enjoyed the fact that stickers were awarded every time a unit of work was completed, ideal for motivation and classroom competition. The units consist of a variety of different games from matching stickers to jigsaws to letter tracing, great for fine motor skills.
 
Our users really enjoyed using the application, however, there were too many menus at times and many of our users got lost within the app. We were also unsure why the application still offered such simple games for a child profile of aged 8. The free version of the application offers a sample program which include 4 games, 5 videos, 4 My Teacher lessons, 6 Writing lessons and 4 sets of Supplemental Materials. To use further features such as the progress reports and further content parents much sign up and subscribe to the application.
 
We were concerned that the application tends to be more gameplay than learning although the app description suggests “that a child's brain is especially apt to learn different languages before a cognitive process called "neuronal pruning" begins in later childhood. The more a child is exposed to various languages, the more easily they can become bilingual. With our platform, children learn without realising it, thanks to our playful and fun approach.”
 
Learning within this application is great fun and does happen naturally. However, we would like to see more structure to the leaning especially with the basics such as phonics and letter construction. Parents will find the added reports ideal to track the progress of their child, however, the navigation in this area can be a little cumbersome at times.
 
The developers have clearly worked hard on the content of the app and provided an array of differentiation. The characters and animations are very appealing and the music is engaging and quirky. The application will certainly appeal more to the younger age groups.
 
‘Lingokids’ is a good application and comes geared towards children learning English both as a second language and for pre-school readiness when it comes to Native-English speakers. Children learn at their own pace with new games and content is updated on a regular basis. This application comes highly recommended by the Educational App Store.

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Description

Lingokids is the best English learning app for kids aged 2-11. Now featuring content from Oxford University Press.

Lingokids is a nice English language program for preschool and kindergarten children to master the language at their level in a fun and playful way. Children from ages 2 to 6 will discover thousands of fun and exciting activities where they will learn over 3,000 words such as everyday vocabulary, commonly used verbs, and adjectives.

Lingokids offers a high-quality school readiness English program where learning happens naturally in a safe** environment!

KEY FEATURES

  • Includes content from Oxford University Press.
  • Designed by teachers and experts in language learning.
  • Offline mode to learn on the go!
  • No prior English knowledge is necessary :)
  • Weekly reports for parents.
  • More than 3,000 words to learn!
  • 100% Kid’s Safe: **Following COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection) regulations.
  • Designed specifically for preschoolers and young children (2 to 6 years old).
  • Adaptive learning system adjusts the level of difficulty, creating personalized lessons and a unique learning experience for each child.
  • Includes printable supplementary material to help parents and teachers.


Now, a complete English learning process takes place with our new feature: Lingokids Live. English classes for kids with native teachers from your home!

  • Unlimited online live English classes for kids. Join children from all around the world!
  • All teachers are carefully selected native English speakers.
  • Flexible scheduling: Schedule classes when it fits you best.
  • Lessons based on an Oxford supported Curriculum from the App
  • Progress reports on your child's spoken language development

SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT
It's scientifically proven that a child's brain is especially apt to learn different languages before a cognitive process called "neuronal pruning" begins in later childhood. The more a child is exposed to various languages, the more easily they can become bilingual. With our platform children learn without realizing it, thanks to our playful and fun approach.

Recent studies show that with Lingokids, children learn twice as much vocabulary than with the traditional method used in languages classes (and have more fun, too!).

SUBSCRIPTION DETAILS:

  • This app offers one subscription option: $59.99 for a 12 month enrollment.
  • You can cancel your subscription anytime – there is no cancellation fee.
  • Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase
  • Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
  • Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal
  • Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase
  • No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period
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