Amazing Results

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Young children are gifted language learners. Playvolution’s lively and entertaining physical and digital products, which feature the loveable cartoon characters Ben and Bella, use the immersion principle to introduce English to children aged 2 to 6. Your child will dive enthusiastically into Ben and Bella’s colorful, fun, age-appropriate world and learn English the way he/she likes best – actively and playfully. Hundreds of thousands of happy customers agree: the results will amaze you!

Top 4 reasons why you should choose the Ben & Bella English language learning course for your child:

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Children are born with the ability to acquire languages quickly and effortlessly. This innate ability diminishes as they grow older.

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Harvard University studies confirm that children’s creativity and their aptitude for critical and flexible thinking are greatly enhanced if they learn a second language when they are young.

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Scholars of early language acquisition and bilingual education agree that immersion is the best and most successful method for young children to learn a foreign language.

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Till date, more than 1 million Ben & Bella products have been sold in more than 30 countries.

 
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A Perfect Physical and Digital Product-Mix

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The Ben & Bella English language learning course is composed of a wide variety of entertaining products – both physical and digital. All work together in a supportive way to encourage your child’s English learning.

Our year-long English-learning course for young children stars the entertaining cartoon characters Ben and Bella. Through Ben, your child will be exposed to the sound of native American English, while Bella speaks with a British accent. Below are some examples.

 
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You can use our storybooks as a way of spending time together in Ben & Bella’s English-language world. You can ask your child questions and check if he or she is following the plot. You can use the stories as springboards for other discussions – for example, about people’s behaviour and motivations.

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Our augmented-reality Treasure Box app allows children to scan flashcards and other key images in our physical products and to hear their words pronounced correctly. In this way, young children can be their own teacher – testing their knowledge of vocabulary while at the same time having fun!

 

The expanded, video versions of our storybooks highlight important vocabulary visually and are narrated by a British voice actor. Without any outside assistance, they support your child’s understanding and increase his/her familiarity with the correct rhythm and sound of written English.

 

Our cartoons are – above all else – animated stories, which children enjoy watching. In each episode, Ben, Bella and their friends say and repeat key English words while the relevant objects, animals, etc. are depicted onscreen. Once your child starts to watch an episode, he or she will begin to absorb the rhythm and meaning of the English words it contains.

 

The fact that children love to sing and dance is not the only reason we include choreographed song and dance videos in our programme. The lyrics of each of our songs are crafted to teach and re-teach the key words from our related animated cartoon, and the dance that accompanies each song is designed to physically illustrate those words.

 

Educational games offer a perfect example of the popularity and effectiveness of hands-on learning. Our games mirror the themes in our other products, reinforcing your child’s acquisition and understanding of important English vocabulary while challenging him/her to improve. We’ve included a full voice-over by Ben and Bella, so that children who don’t yet read can easily play the games.

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Facts and Figures

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  • Children are born with innate language-acquisition skills. Babies can actually hear all of the 600 consonants and 200 vowels that make up the world’s languages. Within the first year, their brains begin to focus on the sounds they are exposed to most often.
  • Studies by Harvard University have confirmed that children’s creativity and critical-thinking skills and the flexibility of their mind are significantly enhanced if they learn a second language at a young age.
  • Scholars of early language acquisition and bilingual education agree that immersion is the best and most successful method for young children to learn a foreign language. Combined with their innate abilities, their enthusiasm for this natural and playful learning method leads to rapid and successful acquisition of the second language.
  • The Ben & Bella programme gives young children the opportunity to participate actively in their own learning. It was developed in 2007 with the assistance of the German Institute for Immersive Learning (GIFIL) in Hamburg and the linguist Prof. Dr. Henning Wode of the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel.
  • Our one-year programme exposes its young participants to approximately 1,000 English words. By allowing them to simultaneously hear and “see” words enacted in the context of stories, songs, and games, our products enable children to grasp their meaning. Soon after picking up individual English words, they are able to understand two or three-word phrases and ultimately to repeat entire sentences.
  • To date, more than 1 million Ben & Bella products have been sold in more than 30 countries.
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Advice for Parents

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Showing interest in the Ben & Bella products and in what your child has learned so far will inspire him/her to spend more time in Ben and Bella’s world – and to strive to learn more.

Spending just a few minutes a day encouraging your child’s English learning would make a significant difference. You might watch a song and dance video together, then, after viewing the relevant choreography clips, test your joint knowledge by singing and dancing along as a pair. You could read one of the physical storybooks to your child, using the illustrations and the picture dictionary to reinforce understanding of the story and the meaning of important vocabulary words. You might ask your child if you could look over his/her shoulder while he/she plays a digital game, praising successes and encouraging further improvements. You could play a memory game with the flashcards, testing each other’s knowledge of individual vocabulary words. Always remember: Even if you don’t speak English well yourself, your involvement and support will help your child to learn.

 
 
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Awakening the
Natural Genius of Children

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Children possess the greatest learning potential of their lives during their early years throughout preschool and kindergarten. In this period, the brain grows quickly and extensively. Awakening the natural genius of their child is priceless for parents. Throughout the globe, both parents and governments make above-average investments in this sector.

Playvolution provides a product proposition that uncovers the learning potential of children.

Illustration e.g. Physical growth of the brain from birth to adulthood

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From birth the brain grows at a rate of one milligram per minute
Source: The Brain Book by Peter Russell

An Ecosystem
that Delivers

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The Playvolution ecosystem integrates the natural interest of children with language learning in its combination of digital and physical content:

  • Hands-on-play with packages of physical content including storybooks, sticker books and flash cards
  • An augmented reality app as gateway to an entertaining video and music platform
  • An interactive gaming (test and track) app
  • A personalised newsletter tool that delivers reports and activities (arts & crafts, colouring, etc.) to parents

Playvolution offers a one year language course subscription that includes multiple physical product packages and a fun-filled world of digital content. The effective but effortless learning process for children is hidden in the interaction of both components.

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Constant Evaluation of the Learning Process

  • Great investment in a child's future
  • Transform early learning by merging phygical and digital
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