Mingoville Helps Chile Fight Its English Illiteracy by Providing Free English Education for All Kids

Michelle BacheletChile has partnered up with Mingoville to ensure that all Chilean kids speak English in the future. The national campaign titled “ChileHablaInglés” (Chile speaks English) was launched at a big event July 29th, 2009 in Santiago, Chile with the participation of the Chilean President, Michelle Bachelet. In her speech to the forum of more than 200 influential people from different areas of the Chilean society, the President underpins the necessity of managing English as a second language from an early age and continues that the cooperation with Mingoville in the effort to introduce English to all the Chilean kids makes perfect sense as it is a fun and engaging way for kids to learn English.

Besides the President, The Minister of Education, The Minister of Commerce, senators, the US embassy and Chamber of Commerce, other ambassadors, influential business leaders, all large media, academics, sponsors and of course Mingoville participated in the event to take part in securing a bright future for Chile (see more pictures here).

Chile raises its educational level with Mingoville
The objective of the campaign;”ChileHablaInglés” is to convert Chile into a bilingual country and Mingoville is going to help the Chileans achieve this goal. The campaign is really an interesting case, not only for us but for everybody because it shows that by joining forces across public and private interests, it is possible to substantially raise the educational level of a whole country. We hope that other countries will be inspired by Chile.

According to Claudia Bobadilla, Managing Director of the Fundación País Digital – one of the initiators of the national campaign – only 2 % of the total Chilean population speaks English and the language isn’t part of the curriculum until 5th grade because Chile doesn’t have the teaching capacity to offer English earlier on. Studies indicate that Chileans who speak English have a 30% higher income than those who don’t speak it. All parties involved and supporting the campaign acknowledge that in order to raise the living standards of many Chileans and secure the country’s future competitiveness, it is crucial to make sure all Chileans speak English as a second language.

This is where Mingoville comes into the scene. The intention is to integrate Mingoville into the Chilean English curriculum already from the first grade and as the interactive English program is designed to fulfill the whole curriculum, it requires less teaching capacity as the kids are capable of learning English by going through the program themselves. All they need is some guidance.

Chile on the way to becoming a bilingual

Educating teachers in the use of Mingoville
According to the Ministry of Education, the goal is to have all public schools use Mingoville as primary teaching material for 1-4 graders and as a supplementary program for the older students. In order to integrate Mingoville properly, the Chilean teachers will be trained on how to use the Mingoville’s digital interactive English program in their curriculum. It requires a different approach to teaching which the Fundación País Digital, VTR and the Ministry of Education – the initiators and sponsors of the campaign – have acknowledged. The primary challenge is to convince the teachers that Mingoville is easy to use and the training courses starting August 7th have been set up to meet the challenge.

A massive promotional campaign (CNN Chile, Chanel 13 Chile, El Mercurio, LUN, elvacanudo.cl to mention a few) has been launched to encourage the youngsters as well as their parents and grandparents to register in Mingoville. In the first two weeks, 100.000 Chileans have registered for Mingoville. According to País Digital, the www.chilehablaingles.com site has had more than 300.000 visitors already. The interest is huge and everybody is praising of Mingoville and the high quality of its English program for kids. We are proud – we couldn’t get any better recommendation than from the Chilean President and the Ministry of Education, which tested the whole program and fully approved of it. We hope other governments or governmental organizations will be inspired by this remarkable initiative.

Mingoville and the “ChileHablaInglés” campaign are just some of the initiatives to fight English illiteracy in Chile. More initiatives will be launched over the next years to come.

What is the state of your country? How many speak English as a second language in your country?

June Rosendahl
The Mingoville team

Win the SuperLearner Championship of Mingoville Virtual World!

Championship trophyWe invite all flamingos to participate in the wild race to the top of all score lists in Mingoville’s new virtual world for kids.

To celebrate the opening of our new virtual world, we give out 50 SuperLearnerships to the best English performing kids. This means that the kids that are on the top 10 ‘World’, ‘All Time’ score list in any of the games in Mingoville by July 12th, 2009 12:00 a.m. CET time win a 3-month SuperLearnership.

Who’s a SuperLearner? That’s a kid dedicated to becoming an English savvy flamingo while having a lot of fun. As a SuperLearner you can build the coolest flamingo in Mingoville, buy clothes and other things made available for the SuperLearner flamingos as they are keen on learning English. SuperLearners also get to try out all new areas before we introduce them to everybody else. Win a SuperLearnership and get exclusive access to the red carpet every time.

BillboardThe rules of the Mingoville SuperLearner Championship are simple:

By playing one of the educational games in Mingoville, the kids will get points for their performance. To get on the top 10 ‘World’ ‘All time’ high score list you will have to have one of the 10 highest scores of the game. It means that you need to beat everyone else in the world to become a SuperLearner.

InSpeed Boat challenge the Boat Race, in order to be amongst the top 10 you need to race all the laps and collect relevant English words by recognizing the images.

The Letter Game is all about spelling as many words as possible. The more difficult the word is the higher score you will get if spelled correctly.

The Concert Game is different from the other games because it requires the kids to record one of the 10 songs found in Mingoville School. After recording a song the kid selects the final version and plays it in front of his or her friends. To get on the top 10 ‘World’ ‘All time’ list, the kid has to make a lot of funky moves while the songs plays. During performance the kid may or may not receive a lot of applause from the audience depending how well he or she performs. The best moves and the ‘loudest’ applause will surely get the artist on top of the list.

competition-blog

The lucky winners will be announced July 13th – break a leg and have fun :)

June Rosendahl

Mingoville Team

Kids From Fun e-Learning Are Having Fun Learning English With Mingoville

We have recently received an email from one of the newly-launched Learning Centres in Santa Marta, Colombia.

We were so happy to find out from the administration who included the Mingoville program in their curriculum as part of the educational process at the Centre.

Here are some photos of the kids learning English with Mingoville.

The kids are playing “Catch it” game where they need to catch English words that fall down.

Children are playing the memory game in Mingoville

Yes, I am the winner!

“I am learning in the Mingoville classroom in the Mission called ‘Numbers and Letters’, Activity 1″.

This is how you should catch it

If you want your kids to learn English with Mingoville go ahead and create your own account and happy learning!

Stephan, CEO