Our Language Program


Our Language Program

    Our mission

    Our mission is to promote foreign language learning for children by providing engaging learning materials.

    Our Activities

    The language learning activities at Hello-World are especially for children and the way children learn.

    Every activity must be educationally sound and engage the children. Research shows that children learn best when they are having fun.

    We use Cognitive Immersion. Immersion works! It's how kids learn their first language. In every activity, the child will hear sounds to match what they do and see.  

    Each language has about 5000 words, phrases, and sentences recorded by native speakers of the language.

    Cognitive Immersion means that the children are engaged in the kinds of educational activities that they do when they learn their first language.  Activities like "Connect the dots", "Which one doesn't belong?", "Which one is different?", "Matching games", and arranging pictures in order.

    Communication is very important; we start with saying "Hello" and progress step-by-step to expressions that are more complicated. Because our conversations are for kids, the conversations include phrases for participating in class, playing a board game, and asking about the homework.

    Each of the conversations has a particular learning objective. For instance, in "The Dog" the goal is to illustrate the possessives. You will hear many possessives such as "my", "your", "his".  In "Why?" a little girl asks her mother many question using the interrogatives:  "what", "who", "where", "when", "how" and "why." In "Water" the focus is on forming the negative: "We don't sell water.  We sell ties." "I don't want a tie. I want water."  Some of the conversations simply illustrate typical conversations between students and the teacher; children and parents; and, of course, with other children.

    Other activities connect to topics typically taught to children: the alphabet, numbers, days of the week, months, telling time, directions, family relationships, science, health and more.

    Culture should be part of learning a language. We include songs, maps, sayings, and coins from a country where people speak their new language.

    No kid wants to sit and memorize a list of vocabulary words.  We have about 1,300 vocabulary words divided into over  70 different categories (colors, vegetables, fruit, ocean animals, vehicles, etc.)  We have seven different vocabulary games to make learning vocabulary fun and easy. 

    The Balloon games introduce one word at a time. After each new word, the previous words are reviewed.

    The Bingo games can be untimed or timed. When the child hears a word, they must click the matching picture.

    The Pattern Games show five pictures and say the words one at a time, then asks, "What comes next?" For example, it may say "red, red , blue, red, red, what comes next?" The child selects the next in the pattern. Of course, at that point he has heard each of the words several times and associated the word with a picture.

    The Memory games allow the player to select one or two players and different number of squares of covered pictures. The child picks two squares and tries to find a matching picture. Each time he selects a square, he hears the word and sees the picture. By the time he matches all of the pictures, he has seen each picture and heard the associated word several times.

    The Tic-Tac-Toe games give the option of one or two players. To play the game, you click thespeaker button in the box you want to claim. After hearing the word, you click the corresponding picture. You can't win if you don't know the vocabulary!

    For the youngest learners we have Move-the-Mouse games and puzzles. The Move-the-Mouse games have a hidden picture. As the child moves the mouse, the area under the mouse is revealed. Children quickly learn how to control the mouse. When they click on part of the picture, they hear the word. 

    In the Puzzle Games, each piece of the puzzle is a vocabulary word. When the player clicks to drag the pieces, he hears the corresponding word.

    With about 5000 spoken words and sentences, hundreds of games, songs, and other activities we provide a rich environment for children to enjoy learning a new language.

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