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Linguaphone Group announces partnership with top UK University to develop International Pingu's English Curriculum

Linguaphone Group, an international global language training provider with an extensive network of licensed partners across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, has today announced an important collaboration with Kingston University’s School of Education to design and develop an international curriculum for young children which will work alongside the Group’s existing licensed Pingu’s English programme.

The Linguaphone Group operates under the internationally recognised Linguaphone, Direct English and Pingu’s English brand names. With over 112 years of experience, the Group has an extensive network of learning centres and distributors worldwide. Pingu’s English is a 3 level centre based programme which teaches English to young children of 3-7+ years. Pingu’s English also provides valuable lessons in socialization, numeracy and computer skills. The programme is based on the hugely popular television character, Pingu, the mischievous but loveable penguin, and centres on his true-to-life everyday adventures in the South Pole.

The extended international curriculum will provide a well-planned structure and the necessary resources to support early years’ practitioners in giving children the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for developmental progression though play activities linked closely to the much loved and widely used Pingu’s English package. The curriculum will be consistent with the Early Years Foundation stage framework (EYSF) philosophy and will be delivered in English. Linguaphone Group hope to release the new international curriculum to market in late 2016.

Derek Price, CEO, Linguaphone Group said, “Our partnership with Kingston University’s School of Education makes us early players in the growing market for International Kindergartens and, combined with the inherent strength of the Pingu’s English branding, will be an exciting opportunity for all our partners.”

Kingston University’s School of Education is currently rated by The Guardian league table as the top teacher-training provider in London and consistently ranked in the top six in the UK.

“Our experts are thrilled to be a part of this venture and to have the opportunity to contribute age appropriate activities in key curriculum and skills areas to enhance and support this well-established entertaining educational, children’s English language course”, said Andy Hudson, Associate Dean (Education Partnerships), Kingston University.

Notes to editors:

  • The Linguaphone Group is a world-leading provider of language training solutions, operating under the internationally recognised Linguaphone, Direct English and Pingu’s English brand names. With over 109 years of experience, the Group has an extensive network of learning centres worldwide. The Group has also helped millions of people learn a new language through their wide-ranging portfolio of self-study products sold in over 60 countries. For more information visit
    www.linguaphonegroup.com
  • Pingu’s English offers an array of creative learning activities and exercises using high quality, multimedia materials and teaching resources. Developed by leading English language and child education specialists, each student will receive a course pack consisting of DVDs, study books, song and story books with CDs plus interactive online learning materials.
  • About HIT Entertainment – HIT Entertainment is one of the world’s leading independent children’s entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT’s portfolio includes properties, such as Barney, Bob the Builder, Thomas & Friends, Pingu, Fireman Sam, Angelina Ballerina and Rainbow Magic. HIT represents Chapman Entertainment’s Fifi and the Flowertots and Roary the Racing Car in North America, as well as Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Timmy Time and Aardman Classics from Aardman Animations. HIT also acts as representative for The Wiggles in the UK. Launched in 1989, HIT’s lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. HIT is a part-owner of US-based preschool channel, PBS KIDS SproutSM. For more information, visit www.hitentertainment.com
  • The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education is a partnership between Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. For further information visit www.healthcare.ac.uk
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I have being running my own school for 15 years. When I met Pingu’s English, it was love at first sight. Now I am offering the best English Course avaiable to my students and they are loving it as well as their parents. Thank you Pingu’s English!

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From our first training session in London 2009- from the academic side to customer service -we felt confident and well equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful Pingu’s English Master Licensees” At the moment, our services to all 23 networked schools across the country are effectively and efficiently backed by Pingu’s English.  No doubt that we see no limit to expand our business to cover 30,000+ schools in the near future!

Nipat Ungpakornkaew

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Our Experience with Pingu’s English has been profitable and positive from the first year. We relied on their professionalism and heritage, their staff is always prompt to assist with the latest trends and ideas on the market. We were looking for a brand who can guarantee us quality and a solid method but at the same time would leave us the freedom and flexibility in order to succeed in our challenging and competitive market like the Italian one. We built Pingu’s English project in Italy by mixing their huge international experience in the English training with our knowledge of the Italian market. All this enabled us to do the right decision for our winning investment. Today we have over 40 Pingu’s English centres and thousands of happy children learning English

Daniele Arboit

Master Franchisee in Italy

We at the British Chamber of Commerce worked with Linguaphone Group to find them a new in-market partner for the Korean market. Throughout the engagement we had with Linguaphone Group, we found them to be passionate about education, supremely professional in their approach to business and both responsive and personable in their interactions with ourselves and Korean partners. Korean investors were attracted to the best-in-class program which Linguaphone Group offers, the strong reputation of the company and the heritage with which it is associated. These are qualities that resonate globally.

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 Sean Blakeley, BCCK CEO

Pingu’s English School is not just a school; it is as a second home for my kid. I like it when I see my kid growing and learning in a friendly and safe atmosphere. Most of all, I can see a lot of improvement in his English listening and speaking skills

Piyatida Tudteam

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We love Pingu’s English School because the school gives my son the opportunity to learn and develop different skills, especially English skills. He is excited every time to go to school and is always happy when he comes home.

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Student's Mother

Regarding the teaching method they use a figurative storytelling way of starting the lesson,  trying hard to involve the child and make the them curious about the situation. Tom is very happy to go to Pingu’s English because he perceives the School as a playful moment and not just as a learning moment while at the same time he is learning a new language

Veronica

Students Mother

Now she is studying at Pingu’s English School, my daughter only wants to talk to me in English and she is always singing the songs.

Cristiane Doimo

Students mother

I knew about Pingu’s English School through a friend. After research about the school, I decided to enroll my daughter and it was one of the best things I could do to her. She loves studying at Pingu’s English and she cannot wait to the day of the class. I also love Pingu's English School, because there she learns by playing and I can see her progress day by day.

Léia Rodrigues

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Abbas always tells me that Pingu's English is the most fun he has all day. I am very glad that this place makes him feel that way and noticeably develop his language skills too

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