VivaLing featured in The AsiantParent : 5 myths about raising a multilingual child

Asian Parent VivaLing

Did you know that more than half of the world population actually grows up speaking more than one language? However, this doesn’t mean that raising a multilingual child is an easy task!

When considering giving your child the opportunity to learn 2 or more languages, whether you’re bilingual or not, you may wonder:

  • Am I doing the right thing for my child?
  • Is all this really worth it?
  • Will this have an impact on his/her well-being?
  • Am I asking too much from him/her?

Here are the Top 5 Myths you should know before launching into the fantastic adventure of multilingualism!

A Foreign Online Language Academy for Kids Enters China

微龄:专业儿童在线外语教育登陆中国

2016年11月12日,首家国际儿童多语言在线教育学院微龄在中国正式上线。微龄总部位于新加坡,提供针对儿童的英语、法语、西班牙语及德语在线课程。自2013年创办以来,全球学员遍布30多个国家,得到家长及相关教育机构一致好评。

针对儿童在线教育的专业师资

微龄专业儿童语言教师均为纯正母语者,全部拥有本科或研究生学历。所有教练不仅拥有TESOL英文教学资格证,而且均通过专门针对儿童在线教学的VOLT- YL的培训和考核认证。

据了解,目前国内已有多家在线教育机构,但教师培训及认证情况并不乐观。儿童教育专家指出,对于儿童语言在线教育,教师的培训尤为重要。因为儿童获取语言的方式和成人有很大差异,如果没有专门针对儿童的学习特性进行相关培训,那么教学效果很有可能并不理想。 “而目前国内多数学校所宣称的TESL/TEFL培训认证体系并非直接针对儿童,也不适合在线教学。” 微龄学习部总管Abbie Adeyeri介绍道,“不仅如此,教师所使用的课程体系同样需要针对儿童在线教育而特别开发”

微龄基于英国诺丁汉大学所研发PCA语言教学法,推出ViLLA©儿童在线语言学习框架。该体系针结合儿童大脑发育特点及微龄多年实际教学经验,约定了儿童语言学习的基础,微龄相对应的教学法、使用工具,以及优秀教练应具备的能力等,更适用于儿童在线学习环境。

个性教学开发儿童语言天赋

“个性是孩子的天性。对于儿童语言教学来说,寻找孩子的兴趣点,发挥孩子天性尤为重要”微龄联合创始人王子涵说道。

据相关研究结果显示,通过充分调动儿童学习积极性,儿童学习成绩可提高达43%。微龄所使用的ViLLA©儿童在线语言学习系统,就明确将以儿童兴趣为导向的上课方式作为其核心,并以此最大程度开发儿童语言潜能。

王子涵向记者说道: “没有孩子不喜欢学习外语,只是传统的教学法往往难以调动孩子积极性。微龄的个性化课程能够精准找到每一位孩子的独特个性,结合孩子的性格和喜好来量身打造最让他心动的个性化课程。不仅让孩子成绩提高,更让他乐在其中。”

http://m.sohu.com/n/473421036/?_trans_=000115_3w

Personalized and Professional Language Teaching for Kids

微龄:以专业方法打造儿童个性化外语教学

2016年11月12日,中国北京,总部位于新加坡的首家国际儿童多语言在线教育学院——微龄(VivaLing)在芥末堆主办的GET2016教育科技大会上亮相,并首次曝光了微龄针对中国而儿童的教育特点和语言学习特性打造的全新中国版微龄儿童多语言在线教育网站。

微龄的全球总部位于新加坡,中国分部位于上海。自2014年创办以来,微龄的学员如今已遍布全球30多个国家。微龄采用在线实时视频的方式,由专业国际老师与学生全程高互动、一对一个性化教学;并结合儿童的心理学和神经科学,提供针对儿童的英语,法语,西班牙语,德语和对外汉语课程。

与目前市场上众多一对一在线语言培训机构相比,微龄最突出的特点就是真正

个性化的定制课程。微龄坚信,每个孩子都是独一无二的,因此因材施教尤为重要。微龄致力于开发以学习动机、学生个性、情绪变化为导向的教学法,一丝不苟地为孩子们带来私人定制的学习体验。

http://m.sohu.com/n/473156411/?_trans_=000115_3w

 

VivaLing featured in TechinAsia

29 edtech startups across Southeast Asia with some funding and traction

TechinAsia - April 2016

Startups that tackle problems in Southeast Asia’s education system aren’t exactly writing big headlines with multi-million dollar funding rounds, but they’re around. Some have been offering online education services for many years – Zenius from Indonesia dates all the way back to 2004.

If China’s startup ecosystem is an indicator of things to come, the amount of venture capital that flows into the region’s edtech sector will pick up. Early signs of that are visible today.

An influx of venture capital (VC) is certainly going to shake up the current landscape. With little funding to fall back on, most startups have grown frugally and stayed focused on relatively local problems. VC will let founders think bigger, but it will also increase pressure as startups battle for dominance and profitability. That, too, is something we’ve observed in China.

Here’s a list of edtech companies in Southeast Asia that have raised funds, but also some bootstrapped ones that have caught our eye.

21. VivaLing

VivaLing is an online language learning academy for kids. Children can learn Mandarin, English, Spanish, or French with professional coaches.

The startup received a US$375,000 seed round from an angel investor in 2015 and monetizes through selling its classes.

 

The Secret to Mastering English and Chinese

 

Kiasuparents offer

  • Are you looking for an efficient, convenient and value-for-money way to help your child master English or Chinese?
  • Are you not 100% satisfied with the traditional tuition’s approach?
  • Do you want your child to learn and achieve high academic goals without pressure and with a kid-friendly pedagogy?

If you have answered YES to one of these questions, then VivaLing is for YOU!

Singapore-based VivaLing is the WORLD’S FIRST ONLINE LANGUAGE ACADEMY FOR KIDS.

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Fun and interactive online tuition

VivaLing currently teaches English, Mandarin, Spanish and French to young learners, aged 3 to 15, in 20 countries across Europe, the Middle-East and Asia.

Through real-time video with native language coaches, VivaLing enables young learners to learn the language of their future from the comfort of their home.

 

P1 Group Sessions – Chinese from VivaLing on Vimeo.

Your Child has an exceptional gift for languages

As many scientific studies have already shown, childhood is the best period in life to learn languages. This special gift must be tapped while it is still available.

However children must be offered the right pedagogical and motivational set-up. In order to learn efficiently, your child needs 3 key drivers to master another language:

  • Exposure
  • Motivation
  • Social interaction

VivaLing uses science and technology to ensure that young learners enjoy the most fruitful experience through hyper-personalized coaching.

VIVALING KEY FEATURES

  • Extreme flexibility and convenience for both kids and parents
  • Hyper-personalised and interactive coaching
  • Native and highly qualified coaches
  • Shorter and more frequent lessons
  • Competitive and friendly pricing

Why choose VivaLing? What makes us different from other Online Tuition Centres?

  • Class size: our ratio is 1:3 maximum in order to enhance the interaction between the teacher and the children
  • The quality of our coaches: all our coaches are, of course, native speakers and qualified teachers, but they also have a strong background in working with children – this is why we select them!
  • The extreme flexibility: if you go for one-to-one sessions, you can chose the time and date that suits you best, and choose between a 25-, 40- or 55-minute session in order to match your child’s needs
  • The possibility to mix group sessions with one-to-one sessions in order to enhance the learning experience for each child
  • Chinese AND English AND much more: with VivaLing, you can master Chinese and English, but also French and Spanish. The World is Yours!
  • Our worldwide experience: VivaLing is an international company with students in 20 countries around the world. Our experience and network make a big difference and are a token of quality.

Is your child in Primary classes? Get the best for him!

VivaLing proposes a yearly program for P1, P2 and P3 students starting from January 2016.

  • Academic Program based on the MOE curriculum, reviewing vocabulary competency, reading and writing skills, as well as understanding and answering proficiency.
  • Engaging approach using Games and Storytelling to encourage participation and interaction.
  • Positive pedagogy to boost your child’s self-confidence

Choose the Best Option for your Child
Register now and get S$ 50 off P1, P2 or P3 Program.

Option 1: GROUP SESSION

Enjoy a very small group session (3 children max) once a week

Start: January 2016

Duration: 55 mins

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Option 2:  ONE-TO-ONE SESSION

Enjoy a highly flexible and personalised tuition

Start: As soon as you want

Duration: 25, 40 or 55 mins

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Option 3: INTENSIVE PROGRAM

One very small group session (3 children max) + One-to-one session once a week

Get the best of the 2 options

Duration: 55 mins + 25 or 40 or 55 mins

VivaLing - P1 program

 

96% customer satisfaction: our greatest pride

With thousands of sessions already delivered, VivaLing customers state that the effectiveness of the learning, the convenience of the solution, and the special care they enjoy account for their very high satisfaction and loyalty.

Here is the feedback from Sarah, mother of Judith (P1) and Sam (P3):

How did you start with VivaLing?

At first, Vivaling provided fun online learning with games and creativity, which my son really enjoyed. It was a source of good general learning of English and Mandarin while stimulating the child’s interest. As I observed the teachers, I realized that they possibly could do much more for my son since they had solid teaching skills and resources, I then approached their Singapore operations staff who were so understanding and flexible.

How did VivaLing help your child with his P3 curriculum?

I requested that for Mandarin they teach my son the Singapore school syllabus, including composition and oral. I was delighted that they enthusiastically took on the job and carefully tutored him to standard. For English, they also took in all my feedback and tailored our lessons according to what I requested.

What do you like about small group sessions?

My daughter was absolutely delighted when the small group lessons were launched and she had the opportunity to have online lessons with her good friends! She looked forward to each small group session with keen anticipation. I could always hear much laughter and squeals of delight from her during the lessons, clear evidence that she was just having a marvelous time! They also loved competing with one another in games. Despite that, I saw that the lessons were still solid teaching and the kids learned a lot from them. That is probably the best way to learn!

How is VivaLing different from other tuition centres?

I have no doubt that their teachers are excellent and dedicated in their mission to accomplish their goals for each student and meet parents’ needs and expectations. Their focus on building a close teacher-pupil relationship has enhanced the learning experience for my son. It has so far been an ingenious and highly effective learning method which I certainly will be using for a long time to come!

Come and join VivaLing’s community! We are looking forward to meeting you!

www.vivaling.com

 

 

ONLINE LANGUAGE COURSES FOR KIDS: LEARN MANDARIN, SPANISH, FRENCH AND ENGLISH AT VIVALING ONLINE ACADEMY

Want to sign your child up for a new language class? Online language academy VivaLing offers effective and interactive lessons so your child can learn to speak a foreign language with confidence (plus lessons happen right in the comfort of home!)

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Learning a different language is a fantastic life skill for children to pick up in their early years. While language learning may sometimes be difficult for adults, it’s an enormously rewarding adventure for young children. But if the thought of settling your child into yet another new environment (and fitting it into your schedule) is a little daunting, here’s the great news – thanks to VivaLing, your child can now effectively learn a foreign language in an interactive, virtual classroom. The school has recently launched a new program for students in Primary One to Primary Three – a key age for young learners to pick up foundational bilingual skills.

The world’s first online language academy for kids, Singapore-based VivaLing facilitates learning through real-time video sessions with native-speaking, carefully selected international coaches. Regardless of your child’s learning pace or abilities, their needs will be fully attended to as the academy heavily emphasises hyper-personalised coaching. While learning anything new may be perplexing, the school’s positive approach helps boost self-confidence and morale in its students – making the experience fun and accomplishable. Parents are involved in the children’s learning too: the school provides families with effective language-learning strategies and keeps mums and dads updated on day-to-day progress.

VivaLing

Combined with its state-of-the-art technology and child-friendly, interactive learning tools, VivaLing offers high-end education for your kids, with the bonus of convenience. Learning can take place anytime and anywhere you want; for working parents, this is an absolute dream – no need for the mad dash from the office to get your kids to an after-school class!

VivaLing currently offers English, Mandarin, Spanish and French to its students, with options of one-to-one lessons or small group tuition. Its young learners, aged three to fifteen years old, are scattered across the world – as far as Europe and the Middle East. With its lower logistical costs, prices are kept family-friendly – $288 for 10 sessions of 25-minute One-to-One tuition, and $388 for one term of Very Small Group 55-minute tuition. This is exceptional value for what it offers: the chance for effective, personalised language-learning from the comfort of your own home.

How it works 
Simply select the language you wish for your child to learn. VivaLing will propose various options for coaches, and the choice is for you and your child to select based on personality and availability. You can then book a slot based on the coach’s agenda. Session durations are based on the age of the child. Children five to six years old are recommended 15 minute sessions. For children seven to eight years old, sessions are kept at 25 minutes while older kids are offered 40 to 55-minute classes. Each session is recorded and will be sent to you after the lesson for easy revision.

Watch the video below to see VivaLing in action!

 


SPECIAL OFFER FOR STUDENTS IN SINGAPORE LOCAL SCHOOLS!
VivaLing has recently launched a new program for students in Primary One, Primary Two and Primary Three. Supported by highly qualified coaches, the curriculum is in line with MOE’s Learning Outcomes and Detailed Skills framework. Register your child now for the Very Small Group sessions and receive a 25% with the special code VL20151124SGvsgHK! Visit VivaLingfor further details.

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来自 36Kr 的报道:《新加坡儿童家教平台微龄VivaLing:其实,老师教的好比什么都重要》

http://36kr.com/p/532432.html

2015/05/01

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VivaLing(微龄)想做的事,是给3-15岁的儿童一个沉浸式学习语言的环境。为了帮助孩子们充分利用这个语言学习的黄金年龄,微龄汇集了一批来自世界各地、具备专业教师资格的native speakers,为他们进行一对一视频授课。

在微龄,教授英文、中文、法语、西班牙语的家教们会根据经验值的高低被分为三类,每个类别对应不同的费率。创始人说,他们每个月都会面试大约100个老师,虽然微龄的老师并不是全职的,但筛选依然十分严格,最终留用率并不高,且通过面试的老师接下来还会接受一系列培训。在挑选老师时,微龄看重老师的专业积累,但更看中老师的性格:鉴于幼儿教育领域和在线授课形式的特殊性,一个热情而又感染力的老师比什么都重要。

微龄注重个性化的“因材施教”:家长报名课程时会被要求填写一系列有关孩子性格和爱好的问题,因此在课程开始之前,老师可以因人制宜地备课,并在上课时迅速调动起学生的兴趣。3-5岁的孩子好动,因此每节课程时长一般在15分钟左右;十岁左右孩子的课程时长则在一小时以内。一般每周上课两次,在新课之前,老师会学生要求回看上节课的视频进行复习。

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尽管新加坡对分数的重视比起中国有过之而无不及,微龄的目标并不是帮孩子们提高考试成绩,而是通过沉浸式的教学,让孩子们自如地使用外语。目前,它的策略是将精力集中在有异国生活经历的家庭上,因为这批父母更明白熟练掌握外语的重要性,也会更认同微龄的教育理念。

创始人对微龄的定位不是一个“家教平台市场”,而是一个“在线语言学习学院”,他们把更多的时间和精力用在挑选、培训老师,以及和家长的交流沟通上。深耕细作之下,这个在2014年7月正式投入运营的“学院”,目前已经吸引来自12个国家的学生在平台上学习了几千堂视频课。

与微龄锁定同年龄段(3-15岁)外语教育市场的同类平台中,国内比较有影响力的是专注幼儿园到小学英语教育的VIPKID,和专注青少年英语培训的VIPABC(junior);我们之前报道过的叽里呱啦(针对0-6岁儿童),和微龄针对的年龄段有重合,但它的切入点不是家教,而是为儿童提供多媒体英语学习资源。

现在有越来越多的家长意识到学习第二语言的一个自然规律,即儿童开始接触语言的年龄越小,习得难度越低,鉴于此,外语教育的幼儿和青少年市场应该还有非常大的空间。

针对儿童的视频教学产品经常遇到的困难是:视频授课本身是一种类成人的教学方式,怎么才能让孩子注意力集中,兴趣盎然,进而保证学习效果呢?看上去,微龄给出的答案非常朴实:用心——花大力气遴选合适的老师、关注每个学生的兴趣点、为不同年龄的学生设计不同时长的课程——有时候,提升满意度并不需要多么fancy的高科技,精耕细作即可。

微龄刚刚获得了种子轮的50万新币(37.5万美元),融资之后,他们会进一步优化学习体验,甚至考虑往新加坡之外发展。

原创文章,作者:小天

 

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