The British Council today launched ‘Learning Time with Shaun & Timmy’ English programme for pre-school children today at its Dhaka University campus office. Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of the British Council attended the event as chief guest. There was a demo lesson for 12 children along with a special puppet show by children’s TV pioneer, Mustafa Monwar, who was a special guest at the event.
Learning Time with Shaun & Timmy is an exciting new Early Years programme for 4-6 year-old children that combines the British Council’s English language teaching innovation with the creative flair of Britain’s Oscar-winning Aardman Animations. It provides children around the world with the opportunity to learn English in a way that inspires and excites them.
“Introducing children to English at a very young age prepares them well for their school years and beyond. We teamed up with Oscar-winning Aardman to bring our English teaching to life for 4-6 year olds through the much loved characters and stories from Shaun the Sheep and Timmy Time,” said Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, who is visiting the Bangladesh office with a delegation from London.
Jamie Mann, Teaching Centre Manager, added: “The British Council wants children to learn English for the first time in a way which inspires them and enables them to play and explore without realising they are learning. The earlier in life they learn, the easier it will be for them to master the language.”
Learning Time with Shaun & Timmy courses are available at the British Council’s Fuller Road, Gulshan and Uttara Teaching Centres from 12 August and classes are held on Fridays and Saturdays.
Children will be exposed to thousands of words and phrases in English as teachers of the British Council use stories, songs, music, unique ‘Timmy Time’ videos, movement, arts and craft to help them learn. Class sizes are limited to 12 so that every child receives all the attention they need from the teacher in order to develop communication skills. This age-appropriate and immersive experience is inspired by Britain’s world leading Early Years Foundation Stage.
The teachers take a personalised approach to their teaching by planning lessons according to the child’s development and needs; they also provide the children with regular feedback on their progression and offer tips to the parents on how they can continue their child’s learning at home.