What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although English Club uses a detailed, phonics-based approach to teaching language, it somewhat fails in its approach. Before they even get to the lessons, kids must sit through a lengthy set of instructions read by the animated narrator. Once in the lessons, kids must complete each component before moving on to the next even if they already know the content or find the lesson repetitive. This could leave them feeling frustrated and bored.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- letter or word recognition
- achieving goals
- personal growth
Engagement, Approach, Support
Colorful, comic book-style characters draw learners in. However, lengthy instructions and a complicated interface could make navigation a challenge -- especially for new English learners or young kids.
Developers put a lot of thought into the process behind the content and cover many dimensions of language learning. Unfortunately, the approach limits the types of learners who will benefit from the app.
Step-by-step instructions and an animated narrator guide kids as they go through the activities. Data tracks kids' achievements, but much of the data tracking is only available when a user is logged in to Game Center.
What's it about?
ENGLISH CLUB features a step-by-step method to help kids learn English. First, they go through a tutorial that introduces them to the concepts discussed in the lesson through flashcards and writing practice. Then they go through a learning process that incorporates flashcards and short descriptive videos. Finally, kids complete practice activities that involve reading a story, writing words, and playing a short multiple-choice game. They must complete all activities in each stage of a lesson before moving to the next stage, even if they already know the content. Successfully completing activities and entire lessons earns kids medals and positive praise.
Is it any good?
Although the general design makes it seem like English Club is for older kids and teens, the actual content will appeal more to younger English-language learners. The structured activities break down the content well, but English Club also limits how kids can learn. Yes, they'll find multiple ways to learn and practice new letters, sounds, and words, but they can only do it in a specific order. There's no skipping ahead or even skipping over a lesson to get to more challenging content. Instead, kids must successfully complete all the activities in a lesson to move ahead. Additionally, the design of the app and the lengthy tutorial videos feel cumbersome and potentially confusing to those new to English.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the challenges that come with learning a new language. Can chatting with friends, playing games, and watching movies in the language of your choice help?
Talk to your kids about the benefits of being bilingual. How does the world change once you can speak another language?