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Cambridge University has come up with a novel way to help youngsters learn English.

WHILE watching endless reruns of MacGyver may increase their English-language vocabulary to include such words as paperclip, sticky tape, resourceful and mullet, the good folks at Cambridge University have come up with another solution for boosting children’s vocab.

Introducing a new mobile phone game, here youngsters can spend a day at the fairground as a way to practise their English language skills. Fancy a trip on the Ferris wheel or having a go at splashing the clowns and collecting virtual prizes along the way? Then Funland could be the path for your child. Not only can kids virtually traverse the Funland area, they are embarking on tasks that are especially designed to cover levels A1–B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Level B1 is increasingly becoming the level schools around the world set for students to reach when leaving school.

“Funland is a really engaging and fun way for children to increase their confidence in reading and listening skills in English,” explains Lorna Pedersen, Digital Manager at Cambridge English Language Assessment. “The tasks go up to level B1 of CEFR so children playing the game can work towards gaining a solid level of English everyday use.”

Funland is suitable for anyone learning English, and is available on a variety of different platforms.

James O’Sullivan