A new DVD being launched today aims to help young children learn a second language and increase the number of bilingual children.
My First Words – Greek and English has been produced by Greek Toys and Books in association with Adelaide based publisher Bilingual Products, to address the lack of engaging bilingual resources created specifically for the Australian market.
The DVD will be officially launched by the Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP at St George College in South Australia.
“Greek Toys and Books has an excellent range of Greek language products, however the majority of products either speak too fast for children learning a second language or will feature an American accent for the English component – something which is less than ideal”, said Mr Tony Kyriacou of Greek Toys and Books.
The DVD has been designed to be introduced to pre-school children and can be used by children up to the age of eight.
“There is no doubt that introducing a child to a second language as early as possible will increase the prospects of a child growing up to be fluent in more than one language. Our DVD is designed to assist in this process,” said Mr Kyriacou.
The DVD has received wide-spread community support here in Australia and abroad – and supporters for Greek Toys and Books efforts to assist in language maintenance include Greek Cypriot tennis star Marcos Baghdatis.
My First Words Greek and English has received support from the City of West Torrens.
The DVD is expected to make its way to other countries with large Greek communities such as the United States and Canada. Specific versions are being created for the North American market by Bilingual Products, which has been supported by the Creative Industries Program of the South Australian Government.
The DVD was exhibited at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October by Bilingual Products who are now planning the release of other language versions of the DVD including Italian-English and Mandarin English.
A sneak preview of the DVD can be viewed at www.bilingualproducts.com
Bilingual Products is an Australian based publisher of bilingual learning resources to assist in foreign language learning. Bilingual Products DVDs will be available in a wide range of languages.
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Greek Toys and Books
Greek Toys and Books is an Australian based retailer of Greek language products such as Greek talking toys and popular Greek language books.