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

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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!

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VivaLing, Startup of the Month in Frenchweb

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Ce n’est pas un hasard si la Chine, où l’on dénombre près de 690 millions d’internautes, a toujours été au cœur de la stratégie de VivaLing, la start-up digitale lancée en 2014 à Singapour par deux anciens des Mines, Bernard Golstein et Zihan Wang, son associée chinoise. Pour ceux qui ne la connaissent pas encore, VivaLing est la première plateforme disponible en trois langues (français, anglais et chinois) proposant un enseignement interactif en ligne pour les enfants avec de vrais professeurs natifs de langues étrangères.

Vivaling est positionné «haut de gamme» et propose des cours 100 % personnalisés au niveau, à la vitesse d’apprentissage et aux centres d’intérêt de l’enfant. Dès sa levée de fonds de 500 000 dollars singapouriens (soit environ 345 500 euros) réalisée à Singapour en avril 2015, VivaLing a annoncé que la priorité serait donnée aux marchés chinois et singapourien. «La Chine présente à la fois l’écosystème «consumer internet» le plus avancé du monde par son ubiquité, une soif d’apprendre l’anglais inégalée et un poids démographique sans équivalent» explique Bernard Golstein – chacune de ses caractéristiques suffirait à elle seule à justifier le choix de la Chine.

En novembre de l’année dernière, à l’occasion du Global Education Technology Summit & Expo (GET), soit le rendez-vous incontournable en matière d’Ed-Tech en Chine qui met à l’honneur les dernières innovations en matière d’intelligence artificielle, gaming et technologies au service de l’éducation, VivaLing faisait partie des start-up sélectionnées pour leur apport majeur en termes d’innovation. Le lendemain de l’événement, VivaLing lance son offre en Chine sous le nom de WeiLing, et ouvre son compte WeChat (ID: 微龄) ainsi que sa plateforme en mandarin ​www.WeiLing.com.cn​. Un démarrage sur les chapeaux de roue qui a largement dépassé les attentes des deux entrepreneurs.

Si VivaLing a rencontré un franc succès dès son lancement en Chine, Bernard Golstein, le PDG et co-créateur de la startup, insiste sur l’importance d’être présent sur place pour bien comprendre les spécificités de ce marché unique. «La Chine reste difficilement accessible à moins d’en maîtriser les codes, d’avoir de très solides relais locaux et une allocation de ressources en conséquence. C’est pour cela que toute l’équipe technique est dirigée par notre CTO (NDLR directeur de la technologie) chinois depuis Shanghai», explique-t-il. Il rappelle également le deuxième challenge auquel doivent faire face tous les entrepreneurs souhaitant se lancer sur un marché porteur en Chine : la vitesse à laquelle la concurrence va copier le concept. «À marché attractif, concurrence forcément très rude. En l’espace de deux ans, face à une apparence trompeuse de faible barrière à l’entrée, une multitude de services semblables ont émergé. Cependant, comme souvent pour les imitations, la plupart de ces nouveaux acteurs offrent une prestation de piètre qualité, visant au gain financier à court terme pour eux-mêmes et négligeant la qualité de l’enseignement, ce qui n’est pas durable. Enfin, contrairement à l’immense majorité de nos concurrents chinois, nous sommes nés globaux et avons déjà de jeunes apprenants dans plus de trente pays, ce qui diminue le risque d’échec, augmente les opportunités pour nos professeurs et l’attractivité pour les investisseurs.»

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Cette stratégie a permis à Vivaling de devenir en deux ans et demi une véritable multinationale avec des équipes dans plus de vingt pays et des jeunes apprenants répartis dans une trentaine de pays en Europe, au Moyen-Orient et en Asie.

VivaLing a tout misé sur son premier canal de développement: un bouche-à-oreille et un taux de satisfaction élevé de ses clients. La start-up utilise par ailleurs un système de parrainage. Grâce à une stratégie de communication digitale complète notamment sur les principaux réseaux sociaux internationaux, mais aussi locaux. Par exemple, en Chine, VivaLing utilise principalement WeChat, l’application de messagerie instantanée chinoise qui devient un écosystème de plus en plus complet et autonome, aussi bien pour la communication que pour l’aspect transactionnel. VivaLing a également noué des partenariats avec des supports online comme LePetitJournal.com, Devenir Bilingue ou Maman Vogue pour sa cible francophone, dont une grande partie est composée de familles expatriées. En revanche, le PDG de VivaLing ne conseille surtout pas les techniques de Search Engine Marketing (SEM): «Le coût d’acquisition clients a atteint des niveaux jamais vus ailleurs allant jusqu’à 1000 dollars par client. VivaLing n’utilise pas ces techniques désormais inopérantes dans notre marché en Chine.»

Le secret de la réussite de VivaLing ? L’humain! Selon Bernard Golstein, la communauté de coaches VivaLing est très vivante et fidèle. Contrairement à certains autres acteurs du marché qui sont de simples marketplace, Vivaling revendique une approche qualitative et investit beaucoup dans ses ressources humaines, notamment en formant et accompagnant ses coachs tout au long de leur carrière. Leur satisfaction se traduit, in fine, par une plus forte satisfaction des clients.

À terme, VivaLing souhaite renforcer son impact social en s’adressant aux plus démunis, que ce soit dans les pays développés ou au bas de la pyramide des pays émergents. En Chine, Bernard Golstein compte développer l’offre dans les villes chinoises de deuxième et troisième rangs. «Nos clients sont majoritairement issus des classes moyennes et supérieures, comme pour nos concurrents, mais nous anticipons progressivement l’élargissement du marché aux moins fortunés. Géographiquement, la bande côtière reste surreprésentée, de Guangzhou à Beijing en passant par Shanghai et Tianjin (NDLR Villes de premier rang), mais nous commençons à avoir des clients dans le centre et l’ouest du pays.»

À plus long terme, VivaLing offrira non seulement les langues les plus demandées (VivaLing proposera bientôt l’apprentissage de l’allemand, du coréen et du japonais), mais aussi les moins demandées, contribuant à la sauvegarde du patrimoine linguistique de l’humanité et de l’héritage linguistique des familles.

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Foreign Educationists Bullish on Prospects in India

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SINGAPORE: Foreign educationists are bullish on prospects of setting up learning institutions in India, given the country’s multi-pronged initiatives to skill the youths, a private language learning establishment has said.

“The Indian market is in great demand of language classes that are more communicative and less focused on the traditional grammar-translation method,” said Bernard Golstein, chief executive and co-founder of the Singapore- based VivaLing, an online language learning establishment.

“VivaLing is currently exploring ways of a vast market entry, both in B2C (retail mode) and B2S (partnerships with schools).

“B2C is usually one-to-one classes, while B2S usually caters to small groups of up to 10 people, lowering the costs while still offering excellent teachers and teaching quality,” said Golstein.

Vivaling teaches online Mandarin, Spanish and French and includes Indian students.

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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。”

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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。

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VivaLing launches the VivaLing Online Language Teaching – Young Learners certification

Vivaling Online Language Teaching

The future of language teaching is online!

Global connectivity and collaboration combined with technology will enable educators to provide interactive and highly customized lessons. Today’s children are equipped with everything they need to benefit from this transformation in education. But this nascent industry is not without challenges.

This is why VivaLing, the World’s First Online Language Academy for Kids, launches officially at EdtechXAsia – Singapore the VivaLing Online Language Teaching – Young Learners certification on November 8, 2016.

The VOLT- YL is a professional development program for trained teachers who would like to advance or extend their skills in teaching languages to children in an online or technologically rich environment, and to have this valuable skillset officially recognized.

“The VOLT- YL certification ushers in a win-win-win configuration and brings clarity to an industry still in its infancy. Trained teachers will stand out, increasing their career prospects with their competency and legitimacy. Educational institutions will easily identify and recognize skilled professionals, enhancing the quality of the service they deliver. Parents will always have the necessary peace of mind when entrusting their children to the education service provider.” Bernard GOLSTEIN, VivaLing CEO

A Comprehensive Program

The VOLT- YL program runs over the course of 12 weeks, with the first four weeks dedicated to training and observation, and the final eight weeks for online teaching practice and feedback. The estimated time commitment is 10 hours per week. In total, the program includes 120 hours of blended learning.

By the end of this program, candidates will have learned how to:

  • Plan and deliver instruction that engages the five language learning drivers for children
  • Understand the VivaLing Language Learning Approach and research-based methodology for teaching languages
  • Incorporate a variety of child-centered online tools, materials, and activities into lessons
  • Utilize technology to engage children and enhance the learning process
  • Apply their learning in online sessions with young learners

The VOLT-YL is designed to enable teachers to:

  • Develop their skills and grow professionally
  • Network and learn from other professional educators around the globe
  • Keep up with the latest trends in language teaching
  • Gain experience in online teaching
  • Earn a certificate validating their skills in online teaching for children

“Even seasoned teachers soon find out that what has worked for years in a physical classroom just does not work the same way online. Unequipped with adequate knowledge, skills and tools to maximize learning effectiveness in an online environment, teachers and their students are left frustrated. The VivaLing Online Language Teaching – Young Learners Certificate (VOLT- YL)  prepares language teachers for this new paradigm through exposure to a perfect blend of theory and practical teaching advice. With VivaLing’s collective experience of teaching multiple languages to children in over 30 countries around the world, we have identified the knowledge, strategies, and resources that are most valuable for online teachers.” Abbie ADEYERI, VivaLing Head of Learning

 

VivaLing, the world’s first language academy for kids

Singapore-based VivaLing is the world’s first online language academy for kids.

VivaLing currently teaches English, Mandarin, Spanish and French to young learners aged 3 to 15 in more than 30 countries across the world. Through real-time video with native language coaches, VivaLing enables young learners to learn the language of their future right from the comfort of their own home or in partnership with their schools.

VivaLing relies on outstanding teachers, best-in-class technology and leading-edge science to ensure that young learners enjoy the most fruitful experience through hyper-personalized coaching. As an academy, VivaLing trains its coaches so that each benefits from the cumulative experience of all, and from the latest findings in language-learning sciences. With nearly 3 years of online language teaching sessions, VivaLing has earned a unique and exclusive experience. VivaLing has developed its proprietary pedagogical framework: the VivaLing Language Learning Approach (ViLLA).

Contact:  Ludivine Hamy – Head of Marketing and Communication – ludivine@vivaling.com

To learn more about the VivaLing Online Language Teaching – Young Learners certification, click HERE

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Discover the Future of Education with VivaLing at EdTechXAsia 2016

Join VivaLing at EdTechXAsia2016 on November 8 at 12.05 pm for an exciting roundtable on “Global Success Stories: 21st Century Skills”, 3 startup CEOs and Founders will discuss how they are transforming the global education landscape. Bernard Golstein, CEO of VivaLing, will present the VivaLing adventure enabling kids to learn the language of their future all around the world.

EdTechXAsia is a thought leadership platform created to drive conversations and solutions that are transforming the education and lifelong learning needs of Asia in the 21st century. Produced in partnership with EdTechXGlobal and SingEx Exhibitions, the EdTechXAsia summit and exhibition event will be held in Singapore at Singapore EXPO @ MAX Atria.

 

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Global EdTech All Stars Track

Global EdTech All Stars innovation track will feature the fastest growing, most creative international EdTech startups. This two-day series will showcase the best and brightest entreprenuers in EdTech from Asia and beyond – including dynamic sessions such as:

  • Founders Stories: A short ‘TED-style’ keynote speech where Founders of leading EdTech companies will share their entrepreneurial journey and lessons learned along the way
  • Lightening Pitches: Short product pitches presented by upcoming and established EdTech startups
  • Incubator & Accelerator Showcases: Hear from leading incubuators and accelerators and how they’re encouraging innovation in the EdTech ecosystem

EdTechXAsia All Star Awards

The EdTechXAsia Startup Awards will honour the top performing EdTech companies in the Asian region. As a regional extension of theEdTechXGlobal awards, the EdTechXAsia category will be determined by a panel of judges, evaluating various factors including revenue growth, scale, innovation and market impact.

Its free to apply and winners of the EdTechXAsia Awards will be announced on the final day of our EdTechXAsia event and will receive a series of prizes from global partners.

To learn more, Click HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

With the New VivaLing App, Learning Languages Is a Breeze!

We are very pleased to announce the official launch of the new VivaLing application on the Appstore.
Simple, ergonomic and intuitive, the new VivaLing application handles session notifications, delivery and post-session information.
With the app, children are fully autonomous to join their online session with a single click and have easy access to previous session reports and videos. No need for any adult support! As for caregivers, they get reminded of upcoming sessions with push notifications.

How does it work?

Nothing’s easier. Just two steps to install the VivaLing application on your iPad and your iPhone.
1- Download the new VivaLing application from the Appstore onto your iPad and / or your iPhone – it’s free!
2- Connect with the same password and username as the ones you use on the VivaLing website.
There you go, the application is installed!

 

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We recommend that your child should use the app on an iPad. With a large screen interaction with the coach and use of interactive tools are so much easier!

 

Features that make your life – and your child’s – easier!

  • All future sessions at a glance in “Upcoming sessions”
    All the sessions booked for your children are immediately visible in the “Upcoming sessions” tab
    If you have several children enrolled in VivaLing, you can sort by child using the drop-down menu under the “All Students” tab.

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  • Timely notifications
    The VivaLing application pushes notifications on your phone and / or iPad to remind you of upcoming sessions. You can receive up to two notifications prior to the session – for example, a notification 1 hour before the session and another 5 minutes before (this is the default setting).
    To set up your notifications, simply go to your Parent account on the VivaLing website and customize this option in the “Change profile” tab.
  • Last minute chat with Coach and VivaLing support
    Is there something you need to tell the coach at the last minute? Click on the “Chat” icon of the corresponding session: your coach, yourself and VivaLing support will be able to dialogue just as you would on WhatsApp. You may also receive messages from the coach in which case you will be notified.
  • Single-click connection to a session
    To join a session, just click on the corresponding “Join” button.
    Note that a session becomes accessible only 4 minutes before its scheduled start time when the Join button is activated.
  • Access to all past reports and videos in “Past sessions”
    Your child can see the videos of his or her previous sessions in the “Past sessions” tab by clicking Watch Video and entering the usual video password.
    Your child can also read the coach’s comments by clicking “View Report”.

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Please note: the VivaLing application does not allow payment or session booking. Both features are still available on the website in your Parent account.

We invite you to download the app today and use it for your child’s next session!

We value your feedback! Feel free to send us your comments to info@vivaling.com.
See you soon @ VivaLing!

 

Contact: Ludivine Hamy – Head of Marketing and Communications – ludivine@vivaling.com – +65 9677 3974

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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