Are Whales Smart, or Not? Is the second in a series of apps for the iPad, presented in English text, with Mandarin voice over. Instructions and key words are given in Simple Chinese (Putonghua Syntax). The high-interest, fact based story about the intelligence of bees is written in easy-to-read text, with a set of activities/games to improve literacy skills in basic English: oral reading, comprehension, vocabulary development, phonics, spelling and writing. The Bearded Dragon series provides self-instructional help for Chinese students who want to learn basic elements of the English language in an easy, and enjoyable medium.
What makes “Are Whales Smart, or Not? (鲸鱼很聪明，不是吗?) so appealing to students is that it makes learning a pleasurable experience for Chinese students who want to learn English. The reader-friendly story, and the series of highly engaging, skill building literacy activities take the struggle out of new language learning and make it a more enjoyable process,” said Dr. Selma Wassermann, CEO of Wrinkled Pants.