Friday 14 November 2014


The British Council launches new app LearnEnglish Kids: Playtime to help children build confidence in English speaking
Over 50 quality video songs and stories for children to learn English

The British Council is launching the new LearnEnglish Kids: Playtime app this month to help children aged 6-11 build confidence in English speaking and improve spelling and understanding of vocabulary.

Primarily focused on improving listening skills, the app includes over 50 quality animated songs and stories that are grouped into themes such as Fairy Tales, British Tales and classic Children’s Songs. Each video comes with an engaging listen–and-record activity to encourage children to speak, as well as challenging games to improve understanding and spelling of words from the videos.

On the videos and games, Tracy Dumais, Young Learner Consultant for English learning apps at the British Council said, “We designed the games to support and enhance the language the children hear in the video; it allows them to explore a little bit more than simply watching video would. The listen-and-record activity encourages children to experiment with saying new words and phrases and compare their pronunciation with that of the narrator.”

The app also features a parents section where parents can get clear feedback on their child’s progress in the app. “We listened to what parents wanted to see in the app and created a progress area to help them understand at a glance how their children are doing in the four key areas: video, speaking, spelling and understanding.” said Neil Ballantyne, Mobile Learning Manager for English learning apps at the British Council.

The LearnEnglish Kids: Playtime app will be available on iOS tablets and phones from November 14 2014 onwards. The app is free to download with 20 videos and more videos are available through in-app purchasing or monthly subscription. More animated songs and stories will be added in the future.

As the world’s English expert, the British Council offers a collection of 13 apps written by English teachers and language experts to help learners of all ages practise and improve their English. The British Council’s apps have had over9 million downloads to date and cover a wide range of English learning areas including grammar, vocabulary and listening practice. Learners can visit to find out more. English learning materials for children are also available at

More information about the app is available at:

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We are in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes. In Hong Kong, we have been doing this since 1948, giving people opportunities to learn, share and connect worldwide.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover, which last year was £781m. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.