Of course! Simulations are essential to skill building and retention. Pilots are not qualified without training on the flight simulator and astronauts aren’t sent to space without zero gravity training. Likewise, children shouldn’t be expected to master such a complicated skill as resilience, confidence, negotiation, leadership without adequate reinforcement. CuraFUN games instructs specific strategies, skills in progressively challenging levels, and simulate common social scenarios for children to problem-solve, rehearse newly learned material. Learning by doing. There are positive role models through each program as well as negative cautionary ones. Children are also provided with immediate feedback for improvement based on their performance.
No, there is no long-term commitment. We want to make our programs assessible to as many families as possible. However you should keep in mind that the full value of curaFUN’s programs are in their unique three-prong approach. Parents receive a personalized and valid Strength Assessment Report for their child after he/she has completed the first six scenes of our StrengthBuilders or Multilingual Immersions. The StrengthBuilder Roadmap at the conclusion of our programs contains detailed evaluations of your child, with insightful progress report and our expert’s recommendations.
A study by the UNESCO MGIEP using StrengthBuilders showed how social and emotional skill development requirements were similar amongst children aged 5-15, across countries and races. Our multilingual games were found to give children a leg-up to thrive in multi-cultural classroom settings.
We followed a multi-pronged approach to develop Mandarin language learning products for children aged 5-15, in the following manner:
• curaFUN teamed up with leading child psychologists, educators and professional counselors in China & Taiwan, to understand how Mandarin-speaking children learn languages.
• We used the insights to develop gameplay scenarios that are recognizable to children. Depending on the age of the child, these scenarios included realistic interactions. For example, introducing oneself, borrowing a book, making friends, asking for advice, giving directions, recommending favorite artists etc. These scenarios are in increasing order of complexity.
• Puns, phrases & words that are common in English-speaking countries (but not in Mandarin-speaking countries) were changed to suit the Chinese cultural context and vice-versa. This was done to make them more understandable and accessible to children.
• All conversations in the curaFUN’s programs were recorded enlisting real people and not AI. Native Mandarin speakers were used to record Mandarin conversations, while native English speakers were used to voice the English-speaking characters. This allowed us to infuse the natural tone of voice and cadence variations that native speakers use when conversing with others.
• Care was taken to emote in the conversations, to allow children to recognize audio cues and match them with relevant vocabulary. The animated characters were designed to display relevant body language – which are normally associated with the audio cues – to make the conversation as realistic as possible.
At curaFUN, our focus isn’t just on building your child’s vocabulary, but to make them so confidently proficient and comfortable in the foreign language, that they’ll confidently hold conversations with a native speaker. We aim to do this by eliminating the traditional, time-bound language classes (normally offered in schools/language institutes) and replace it with fun multilingual learning lessons that can be taken anywhere, at any time.
We are the only multilingual life skills & socio-emotional-learning character education games provider in the Asian market. We offer unlimited access to both the English and Mandarin Chinese versions during your child’s subscription. If you’d like to learn more about our product, feel free to reach out to us here.
curaFUN programs can accommodate a wide range of abilities. Children can still play and enjoy our games even when they cannot read fluently. Every single line is recorded and played aloud either automatically or at the click of a mouse, and the program is developed and tested to children’s social emotional and cognitive developmental milestones.
The text displaying on screen are merely visual aids, mainly as anchors to help children make choices throughout the game. It’s far too easy for children to speed through the game without listening and understand the nonverbal, often untaught element of communication. Some of the choices presented to children in our programs appear identical in print but convey drastically different meaning with different tone of voice, volume and other non-verbal cues of communication. Afterall, these are the essence of a language when you wish to engage in meaningful interactions with people in everyday life.
curaFUN’s programs are designed for our 6 inner strengths, focus, social skills, tone of voice, multilingual learner’s listening comprehension and conversational fluency. Each program employs professional educators, actors and licensed psychologist in their creation, and tone of voice, posture, timing, negotiation style, joining conversations and body language are among the components of communication that we teach children.
If your child is used to rapidly clicking through games with limited comprehension and intention, they learn to slow down and patiently listen to every dialogue instead of skimming and skipping ahead. Our modern world where automated processes increasingly eliminate face to face communication raise a younger generation who only knows texting as a main vehicle of communication. Take “why are you crying?” for instance, you can interpret it with a concerned, caring intent, an impatient tone of voice, implying the unwillingness to tolerate such a crybaby, or a prying tone of voice, showing the intention to look for something to gossip about, when we leave you clueless about the nonverbal aspects of communication. By listening through the different audio recording in our programs, children experience the difference in nonverbal communications, and with our guidance, take it one step further by reflecting on how they usually interact and ways to improve.
curaFUN teaches children through allowing them to experience the benefits and consequences of different choices in communication and more. Natural learning like this retains better and longer.
curaFUN’s Multilingual Immersions are best suited for language learners with at least an intermediate understanding of the foreign language who wish for true fluency. There are no vocabulary flashcards or similar basic skill building instructions. A good question to ask is whether your child would understand at least half of the content if they were spoken to in that foreign language.
When there is a noticeable difference in language fluency between English and Mandarin, we suggest starting in the language that your child is more comfortable with to achieve adoption of the program, especially the first 6 scenes. The Strength Assessment Report that is included with your purchase is unique, personalized based on your child’s gameplay data from the first six scenes of whichever language they play. (Children may even choose to play scene 1 in Mandarin, 2 in English, scene 3 in Mandarin and so on.)
After the initial Strength Assessment Report, curaFUN partners with you on your child’s growth journey and provide valuable insights on your child’s progress throughout the game, with detailed analysis on their strengths and weaknesses.