Five key elements of the Ludic Learning Method contribute to its success:
1. The learning is self-directed, a motivating factor for young learners.
2. Children using the Lingokids app are fully immersed in engaging language learning activities.
3. The Lingokids app is game-based, with content that is relevant, authentic, purposeful, and fun.
4. The adaptive technology adjusts to each learner’s achievements.
5. The Lingokids’ research-based program is repeatedly enhanced based on ongoing research.
Lingokids’ underlying technology ensures that learning is appropriate to each child’s level of accomplishment. Once an initial level is chosen for the child, the program uses its proprietary hits-and-misses algorithm to adjust the content accordingly. The child who consistently performs well will move up to more challenging vocabulary and increasingly complex grammatical structures. Those learners who are not quite ready for more difficult content will continue to practice through engaging play patterns. The adaptive technology serves as an invisible, constantly evolving, personalized tutor or coach. Parents can track word acquisition, learning time, and general progress.
Traditionally, school curricula are based on a scope and sequence. The scope of learning (body of knowledge and associated skills) has a sequence (specific instructional steps). Many children have more unpredictable learning patterns than those found in traditional instruction. Depending upon their skills and interest in the content, learners progress at varying rates.
In contrast with sequenced instruction, the Lingokids’ curriculum allows language learners various opportunities to be self-directed, giving them choices within many games for the focus of their learning. Learning is imbedded in the gameplay, and learners can repeat the games, using different play patterns, until they fully assimilate the vocabulary and related concepts.
The scope of Lingokids’ curriculum has both breadth and depth. It includes direct instruction on receptive words (words that are heard and read). The curriculum also includes productive words (words used in speaking and writing). These words have significance, such as words for foods, places, animals, actions, toys, etc. In addition, the curriculum includes purposeful learning of grammatical structures and other concepts related to the use of language.
In collaboration with Oxford University Press, Lingokids draws upon the Little Friends English course that introduces vocabulary, pre-reading skills, and pre-writing skills to young learners.
Topics, such as family, school, food, and clothes form the foundation of several of the learning games in the Lingokids program.
Oxford University Press, a department of the University of Oxford, is the world’s largest university press, publishing thousands of books each year for readers of all ages.
To extend the learning, Lingokids offers a variety of resources, including printable activity pages, activities for practicing phrases and sentences with your child, links to songs and lyrics, book lists, song lists, and other activities.