Children around the world can now learn English with the help of Aardman Animations' character Timmy in the new "Learning Time with Timmy" app.
Created in partnership with the British Council as part of a long-term partnership between the two organizations, the app takes young learners on their first steps into learning the English language through a series of activities.
Children will discover new English words while playing games with Timmy and his friends, the stars of the animated television show "Timmy Time."
“'Timmy Time' is a show without dialogue whose characters can excite and encourage children whatever language they speak," says Lorna Probert, head of digital production, Aardman Animations. "Drawing on these values, the app uses Timmy and his friends to inspire young children to discover and start learning simple English words in a fun and playful way.”
As children progress in the app, the games get more challenging and players can collect stickers and watch videos as rewards. The "Learning Time with Timmy" app is now available worldwide from the Apple, Google Play and Amazon app stores.
“As an organization we have more than 80 years of experience in English-language education, so we know that parents are keen to see their children being exposed to English listening and speaking at an early stage," says Neil Ballantyne, mobile learning manager, the British Council. “In the app, young learners will be able to hear how words sound in English and practice their skills by listening to instructions from the narrator, as well as develop their motor skills through games that encourage the use of swiping, tapping and dragging. The games are all designed to introduce children to the English language through listening and free play–a fantastic way to develop these vital life skills at an early age.”