Learning Time with Timmy courses for young children

With Learning Time with Timmy we’re looking to help children, first of all, be ready for primary school with the English language that they need. But more than that, get them ready for a future in a global world. We want every child to fulfil their full potential and so we give them a range of learning tools to do that. Introducing English to learners aged between two and six means that learning languages comes much more naturally to them. Young children are born curious and what we’ve done at the British Council is that we’ve tapped into the natural curiosity. The Learning Time with Timmy curriculum is developed by our experienced specialists in and English as an additional language who also understand that every child is unique in the way that they learn. Aardman are a high profile Oscar-winning British animation company recognised all over the world for their distinctive and family-friendly animation style. We approached Aardman to partner with us because Timmy’s stories are the perfect way to bring our English teaching to life and engage early learners. We create a safe, happy and relaxed learning environment set in Timmy’s world where the learners feel uninhibited and secure and relaxed so that they can communicate without worry. [My son] has been here for two years now and he’s got a good vocabulary for his age. He’s able to understand us when we talk to him in English so it’s great Our interactive and play-based approach nurtures children’s creativity, critical thinking and self-confidence while they learn English naturally with good pronunciation. We take inspiration from the UK’s Early Years Foundation Stage. In the Learning Time with Timmy classroom the children learn English in a very natural way through activities such as stories, songs, games, arts and crafts, videos, drama and we set up very purposeful play activities that engage them and help them to learn in a natural way. [My daughter] starts to recognise all the colours. She starts saying them in English, saying something “is blue, it’s red”. She sings along to lots of songs like ‘Wheels on the Bus’ and ‘Incy Wincy Spider’. She likes to play it out like ‘Incy Wincy Spider’. She loves that sort of thing. She didn’t used to do that, now she’s really starting to… she likes talking in English because it’s fun for her, here at school. Children aren’t afraid to make mistakes and so they have this playful approach to learning a language. Some children may not even realise that they’re learning a language, so that’s another benefit. When children are exposed to the sounds of English from a very young age a there’s this window of opportunity that they have to reproduce those sounds in a very authentic way. I love Timmy!I love Timmy! Yeah! I love Timmy! Their happy memories of the experience will help them to build a stronger foundation in English and a positive attitude to learning.

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