Product Review of English Club
English Club provides learners with a comprehensive overview of the English language by breaking down some of its basic parts. Each lesson covers a specific set of letters, sounds, and words that contain those letters and sounds. As learners go through the lessons, they follow a specific sequence of activities designed to maximize learning. First kids go through flash cards and video-based learning activities. Then they can apply their new knowledge through a series of practice exercises, which include reading a book, writing new words, and playing a simple multiple-choice game. After successfully completing all activities in a level, learners earn medals and the opportunity to advance to the next level.
Teachers could use English Club with individual learners or as part of whole-group instruction. The structure of the lessons makes them better suited for a whole classroom setting, perhaps where educators present the lessons on a large screen at the front of the class and have learners take turns practicing writing and sounding out letters and words.
While the structured activities break down the content and ensure learners gain a comprehensive understanding of the language, English Club also limits how learners can learn. Yes, learners will find multiple ways to learn and practice new letters, sounds, and words, but they can only do it in a specific order. There’s no skipping ahead in a lesson or even skipping over a lesson to get to more challenging content. Instead, kids must successfully complete all of the activities in a lesson in order to move ahead. Additionally, the design of the app feels cumbersome and potentially confusing for English learners. The comprehension skills of the target audience may be too limited to understand the lengthy tutorial and instructional videos.
Overall User Consensus About the App
Curriculum and Instruction
Developers put a lot of thought into the process behind the content and cover many dimensions of language learning. Unfortunately, the approach limits the types of learners who will benefit from the app.
Step-by-step instructions and an animated narrator guide kids as they go through the activities. Data tracks kids’ achievements, but much of the data tracking is only available when logged in to Game Center.