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Motivate and empower parents and kids
Foster collaboration between educators and learners
Establish clarity around standards and practices
Reframe brand as a trusted, accessible, and promising partner in a student’s learning journey
Pain Points
Limited to one-time assessment of proficiency
Does not offer continuing practice and instruction
Results not easy to interpret for parents
Perceived as a high-stakes formal exam
Target Demographic
Parents of children aged 8-12 learning English as a second language
International primary schools looking for standardized assessment
English tutors needing reliable diagnostics
Testable Assumptions
Parents will pay monthly for supplemental English practice plan tied to TOEFL Primary skill levels
Schools will adopt TOEFL Primary if positioned as a low-stakes diagnostic test
Tutors will use TOEFL Primary to benchmark and track student progress
Business Model
Offer suite of leveled games, videos, stories based on TOEFL Primary skill bands as a monthly subscription for continued practice
Partner with schools to use TOEFL Primary bi-annually as an internal diagnostic assessment instead of high-stakes exam
Launch tutor portal where TOEFL Primary results can be used to generate personalized learning plans
Other Growth Levers
Localized versions to expand globally
TOEFL Primary preparation course materials
Affordable group pricing for schools
Free TOEFL Primary practice app to build familiarity

Partnerships
Apps: Duolingo ABC, Rosetta Stone Kids, Busuu Kids
Speech Recognition: ELSA Speak, Speech Tutor
Online Tutoring: Preply, Cambly Kids, Amazing Talker, Berlitz, EF English First
Reading Programs: Oxford Reading Tree, Scholastic
Websites: BBC Learning English
Other: Promethean’s ActivInspire
Standardized Assessments
Cambridge English Young Learners Tests
MAP Growth
i-Ready
Pearson Edexcel Pre-A1 Starters

RESEARCH
PARENTS

Personas

Tech-Savvy Parent: Embraces digital tools to enhance children's learning.
Busy Working Parent: Needs flexible and accessible resources.
Academically Invested Parent: Highly focused on academic achievement.
Budget-Conscious Parent: Seeks affordable yet effective resources.
Parents Personas:
The Careful Planner: Wants to give their child an early advantage in English. Looks for structured programs with clear skill progression. Pain points - finding affordable options that fit busy schedule. Best option - tutoring services.
The Laidback Mom: Just wants to casually expose child to English, not intensive study. Looks for fun, engaging programs. Pain points - maintaining consistency, getting child interested. Best option - videos, games, read-alouds.
The Go-Getter: Wants rapid English fluency for child to gain global opportunities. Looks for immersive environments. Pain points - very high expectations, cost. Best option - intensive language camps/exchanges.

Why

Support Children's Education: Want to ensure children's success in a globalized world.
Flexible Learning Opportunities: Need resources that fit into daily routines.
Build Life Skills: View English proficiency as an essential skill for future opportunities.

Pain Points

Quality Concerns: Finding reliable and effective resources.
Time Constraints: Balancing work, family life, and education support.
Affordability: High-quality resources can be expensive.

Key Constraints

Budget: May have limited funds for educational tools.
Accessibility: Need resources that can be accessed from home or on the go.
Ease of Use: Must be simple enough for both parents and children to use.
Preferences
Online tutoring services (personalized instruction)
Educational YouTube videos (engaging, visual content)
English language learning apps (interactive, self-paced)
Read-aloud books/audiobooks (reading development)

Best Option in the Marketplace

Duolingo: Offers free and premium access, engaging content, and flexibility for various age groups.

Emerging Trends

Personalized Learning Platforms: Tailoring content to individual learner's needs.
Family Collaboration Tools: Platforms that allow parents to engage with children's learning actively.

EDUCATORS

Personas

Innovative Teacher: Embraces new technology and teaching methods.
Traditional Teacher: Prefers conventional teaching aids and methods.
Resource-Strapped Teacher: Needs low-cost, high-impact resources.
Special Needs Educator: Works with diverse learner needs and abilities.
Educator Personas
The Traditionalist: Uses conventional curriculums and assessments. Wants tools aligned to standards. Pain points - lack of tech-integration in outdated methods. Best option - standardized testing.
The Innovator: Experiments with latest edtech tools and trends. Looks for customizable, data-driven options. Pain points - sifting through fads vs effective solutions. Best option - AI-driven apps.
The Budget-Conscious Principal: Needs to deliver results with limited resources. Looks for affordable solutions that supplement curriculum. Pain points - tight budgets. Best option - free YouTube channels, tutoring subsidies.

Why

Enhance Student Engagement: Make learning English fun and engaging.
Track and Assess Progress: Need tools that facilitate assessment and tracking.
Diverse Teaching Solutions: Cater to different learning styles and abilities.

Pain Points

Limited Resources: May have budget constraints.
Integration with Curriculum: Finding tools that align with existing curriculum requirements.
Technology Barriers: Some may lack technical skills or infrastructure.

Key Constraints

School Policies and Regulations: Must adhere to school guidelines.
Budget Limitations: Often have limited funds for additional resources.
Time Constraints: Balancing planning, teaching, and administrative duties.

Preferences

Standardized assessments (evaluate proficiency)
Online tutoring services (structured curriculum)
Read-aloud books/audiobooks (language exposure)
English language learning apps (supplemental practice)

Best Option in the Marketplace

Smart Boards and Promethean's ActivInspire: Provide interactive teaching capabilities, cater to different learning styles.

Emerging Trends

AI-Powered Assessment Tools: Automate and personalize assessment.
Blended Learning Platforms: Combine online and in-person teaching.

KIDS AGED 8-12: ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING PERSONAS

1. Urban Updater Uma: Resides in a metropolitan city, has access to the latest tech and tools, but needs structured learning.
Why: Social capital, being able to communicate with peers, and accessing international content.
Pain Points: Overwhelm from multiple options, lacking depth in learning.
Constraints: Distractions from a multitude of activities and tech. High expectations from family and peers.
Best Options: Comprehensive e-learning platforms that integrate with school curricula, interactive language apps.
Emerging Trends: AI-driven personalized lesson plans.
2. Rural Relying Rahul: Lives in rural or remote locations, may have limited resources but is eager to learn.
Why: Seeking better opportunities in education and employment in the future.
Pain Points: Limited access to quality resources, lack of trained educators.
Constraints: Infrastructural challenges, socio-economic limitations.
Best Options: Community learning centers, radio or TV-based English programs.
Emerging Trends: Mobile-based English learning solutions with offline capabilities.
3. Migrant Mary: Recently moved countries or regions, experiencing a new culture, and needs to learn English to adapt.
Why: Integration into a new society, connecting with peers, educational necessities.
Pain Points: Balancing cultural identity with integration, potential accent or dialect challenges.
Constraints: Possible economic challenges, cultural adjustment.
Best Options: Intensive language courses, local community or school support programs.
Emerging Trends: Augmented Reality (AR) language immersion tools.
4. Scholarly Shan: Hails from a non-English speaking affluent background and attends international schools.
Why: Academic excellence, international university preparations.
Pain Points: Achieving native-level fluency and understanding cultural nuances.
Constraints: High expectations, balancing multiple languages.
Best Options: Advanced language programs, international summer camps.
Emerging Trends: Cross-cultural exchange programs online.
5. Tradition-Bound Tariq: From a deeply traditional background where English is not prioritized but recognizes its importance.
Why: Breaking personal barriers, accessing broader global content.
Pain Points: Overcoming internal and external biases against English.
Constraints: Family pressures, limited resources in native language.
Best Options: Culturally-sensitive language programs, community support groups.
Emerging Trends: Bilingual educational content blending cultural elements.
Kids Preferences
English language learning apps (fun games/quizzes)
Educational YouTube videos (entertaining format)
Online tutoring services (social interaction)
Read-aloud books/audiobooks (enjoyable stories)

General Key Trends
More educators adopting blended learning models combining offline and online tools.
Rising popularity of English teaching robots and AI-driven personalization.
Increased use of speech recognition for pronunciation and speaking practice.
Edtech tools with parental dashboards for monitoring child's progress.
Gamification of language apps to drive better engagement.

Some countries with high adoption of certain resources:
Singapore: English language learning apps, standardized testing
China: Online tutoring services, English camps/exchanges
Europe: International pen pal programs, speech recognition apps
India: YouTube learning channels, English movies/TV
Middle East: Online tutoring, test prep apps for exams
The cultural emphasis on English proficiency and tech infrastructure seem to influence adoption rates across geographies. But a mix of instruction, practice and assessment is key everywhere.

Some of the largest and fastest growing markets for learning English globally include:
China - Over 400 million Chinese are learning English. Driven by economic growth and a desire for global opportunities.
India - 125 million English learners, second largest English speaking population. Seen as a skill for better employment.
Europe - Companies adopting English as the common business language is driving demand. Countries like Germany, France and Spain have high English literacy.
Latin America - Governments advocating for English proficiency. Countries like Mexico, Chile, Brazil have high growth.
Southeast Asia - Nations like Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia see English as key to participating in global commerce.

The emerging solution likely to dominate across these markets is artificial intelligence (AI) enabled personalized learning. Reasons why AI solutions will be popular:
Adaptive learning platforms analyze individual proficiency levels and customize instruction accordingly.
AI tutors provide unlimited 1-on-1 practice conversations tailored to each learner's needs.
Speech recognition tools give instant feedback to improve pronunciation and spoken fluency.
Apps gamify the learning process making it more engaging and effective.
Digital accessibility allows broad distribution across urban and rural areas through mobile devices.
Data-driven insights help educators track student progress and refine teaching methods.
As technology infrastructure and digital penetration improves in these countries, AI-based English learning solutions seem poised to grow exponentially. They make learning affordable, engaging and personalized at scale.

The Danielson Framework can be supplemented with critical attributes and best practices specific to teaching English learners.
There is a critical need for equipping all teachers with EL instructional competencies, which the Danielson Framework aims to address:
"Although all 50 states plus the District of Columbia offer a certificate in teaching English as a second language, only 21 states require a specialized certification to teach ELs, and only 20 states require all teachers to have knowledge specific to the education of ELs."
Key Insights:
- Students feel a learning-oriented assessment environment is more beneficial than a performance-oriented one. - There are significant correlations between students' perceptions of assessment tasks, environment, and anxiety. - Most parents react positively to their children's English grades and use encouragement as reinforcement. - Parents believe English is important for opportunities, though some find it difficult themselves.
Important Questions:
- How can teachers create more learning-oriented assessment environments? - What factors contribute most to student anxiety in language assessment - How can parents be engaged more actively in supporting English learning?
Assessment practices and climate impact student anxiety and engagement:
"It was determined that the main focus for students would be the assessment environment of the classroom, since the Perceived Classroom Assessment Environment Scale establishes two types: Learning-oriented environment and Performance-oriented environment."
Key Insights
- EAL learners showed weaker vocabulary breadth, spoonerisms, and passage reading accuracy compared to non-EAL peers. - No evidence found of differences in vocabulary depth, listening comprehension, reading comprehension. - Magnitude of group differences was less than in previous studies, potentially due to SES factors and English exposure. Minimal evidence that EAL learners converged with non-EAL peers over 18 months on measures where disadvantages existed.
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