Aardman animation to front global English language learning for children

Aardman Animations, the Bristol based stop-motion animation studio, has branched out into international English language learning for children as it provides the figureheads for a new global programme of learning from the British Council.

Aardman Animations, the Bristol based stop-motion animation studio, has branched out into international English language learning for children as it provides the figureheads for a new global programme of learning from the British Council.The stars of the globally distributed animated TV shows, Shaun the Sheep and Timmy Time, will soon be encouraging children around the world to learn English – thanks to a partnership between the British Council and Aardman Animations.Combining the British Council’s experience in English Language Teaching with Aardman’s creative flair, the animated TV stars are to become the faces of a global network of newly established early years Englishlearner centres, starting in Chile and Singapore later this year.The learning approach will be based around the “creativity and fun” of the Aardman characters, says a British Council spokesperson. The children at the learner centres will be transported into Shaun and Timmy’s world with themed classrooms and learning based on the TV seriesThe animated characters will also be part of a new range of unique language learning products including stories, activity booklets and digital resources designed to get two to six year olds engaged and excited about taking their first steps into the English language.“The British Council is delighted to be working with Aardman Animations to bring a unique learning experience to early years or younger English learners around the world, “ said British Council Director English, Anna Searle. “As such a well-loved and well-respected British institution, Aardman’s creativity and innovation combined with our expertise in English language teaching is certain to help children across the globe engage with the English language in a whole new way.”

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