Playlingo is developing a fun new mobile game with the potential to boost the basic language skills of the one million migrants in the UK who understand little or no English.
If you can’t speak English then it can be challenging to be part of UK society. Yet, government language courses have been cut by 40% – and it’s tough to learn thousands of new words on your own.
The game uses the behavioural techniques perfected by games such as Candy Crush, and the community element enabled by social media, to create a game that’s addictive as well as educational.
It’s international too; players can compete against people anywhere in the world in languages from Turkish to Bengali.
Engaging, fun, addictive
At its heart are the 3,000 high frequency words that cover up to 90% of written and spoken English. Engaging, bite-sized sessions backed by credible content from Cambridge Dictionaries, focus on teaching these key words.
This helps players rapidly grasp the English learners need to understand books, newspapers and everyday conversations.
A prototype desktop version has already won over 7,000 new users. Nominet Trust’s funding will allow Playlingo to fulfil the game’s potential to teach language skills to even more people, transforming more lives.
Enabling Play has been approved for funding from Nominet Trust. Funding is subject to successfully completing our project initiation process. - See more at: http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/what-we-support/projects/teaching-children-downs-syndrome-basic-number-skills#sthash.gS1x7AiJ.dpuf
Playlingo has been approved for funding from Nominet Trust. Funding is subject to successfully completing our project initiation process