Smart English is a course specifically designed for the ALO7 English Language Learning (ELL) curriculum. It is primarily for students 3-6 years of age who attend preschools or private language learning institutes. Smart English was designed by a team of international learning professionals, including experts from the US, the UK, and China. With a modern understanding of child production and language acquisition, the course includes original and creative books with interactive games, engaging videos, and numerous supplementary activities. It aims to inspire children by encouraging their imagination and creativity and is currently lauded as one of the best courses for learning English.
Ms. Melinda Thompson
Ms. Thompson is the Editor-in-Chief at ALO7 and has over 30 years of experience in children’s educational publishing. Prior to joining ALO7, she was a founding member of Disney English and was a Senior Producer in charge of content production. Her work has primarily focused on English education and language production for adolescent students, for which she has won the prestigious AEP Whole Curriculum Development ELL Distinguished Achievement Award, as well as numerous other international awards.
Mr. Shewbart was the first employee of the Disney English JV and is the lead consultant for CCTV’s English educational programming. He also authored a Columbia University Teachers College’s TEFL-C module. With more than two decades of teaching experience in China, Mr. Shewbart understands the problems that Chinese children encounter while learning English. He applies advanced teaching methodologies, leverages his years of practical teaching experience, and employs cutting-edge technology in the research and production of ALO7’s entire educational product line.
Dr. Karen Price
Dr. Karen Price is a master of second language acquisition. She is a former professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, a former deputy director of ESL curriculum research and production, and has received multiple awards for her contributions to both the educational and scientific fields. Her work has been recognized by the Apple Classroom of Tomorrow Institution.
Prof. Nicholas Negroponte
Professor Negroponte is a digital guru. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab and is the author of the best-selling book, Being Digital. He is also the founder of the One Laptop per Child project which aims to bring the Internet to everyone in the world.
Dr. Victoria Saxon
Dr. Victoria Saxon is a Doctor of Education Psychology and a world-famous children’s book writer. With over 20 years of publishing experience, her books have been best-sellers in many countries.
Using English to Broaden General Knowledge
Smart English provides a robust, multi-disciplinary education following the principles of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and the methods of Total Physical Response (TPR). Interactive learning challenges are an integral to Smart English, which fosters a love for learning by adding fun to the learning process, allowing kids to be unique, inquisitive individuals.
A Comprehensive Understanding of International Thinking
The Smart English content combines traditional Chinese culture with contemporary American production and learning theories. Beyond simply improving children’s language skills, we also aim to provide them with a global vision.
Providing an Interactive Experience
Smart English improves students’ speaking, listening, reading, and writing capabilities through situational dialogs, themed activities, and other meticulously designed exercises. In a fun and relaxed atmosphere, students organically learn about the world around them, develop hand-eye coordination, cultivate their artistic senses, and enhance their emotional skills.