Sesame Street Producers Debut Second Season of Immersive Chinese Language Series, Fun Fun Elmo, on Youtube Channel
(New York, NY January 30, 2014) Just in time for Lunar New Year, season two of Fun Fun Elmo, an immersive Mandarin language series is debuting on Sesame Street’s YouTube Channel. Produced by nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop, Fun Fun Elmo features everyone’s favorite furry red monster introducing viewers to Mandarin language through animation and live action films shot in China, and underscored by catchy music. Live action segments follow local children in modern-day China as their authentic daily lives interweave with the curriculum. Each episode introduces a Chinese tone, word, and stroke order for writing characters.
Like the classic Sesame Street, season two of Fun Fun Elmo uses the engaging Muppet characters like Cookie, Grover, Big Bird, Bert, Ernie and even Guy Smiley, now fully animated to help introduce the basics of Mandarin Chinese to American children. Live action segments were filmed in Shanghai and Suzhou. Viewers learn Mandarin numbers 6-10, as well as vocabulary words like “book,” “painting,” and “pen.” The recurring nature of language in each episode creates a scaffold approach that facilitates language acquisition and reinforces learning.
“Sesame Workshop has a proud history of serving the needs of children since 1969,” said Manabu Nagaoka, Vice President and Executive Producer, Sesame Languages and Special Projects, Sesame Workshop. “To celebrate the diversity around us, especially during the Lunar New Year, we are very thrilled to offer Sesame Street content to Mandarin learners and speakers in the U.S. and global community to encourage Chinese cultural appreciation and exchange.”
Season two adds another 13 episodes to the nine-minute episode series bringing the total offering on Sesame Street’s YouTube Channel to 26. Season one, which debuted last year, has already had five million views. Plans are underway to produce additional seasons of Fun Fun Elmo.
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the landmark television program that reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, Sesame Workshop develops research-based content – including television programs, books, games, mobile apps and community engagement initiatives – that supports early childhood learning, helps prepare children for school, and addresses developmental needs. The Workshop’s programs are tailored to the needs of specific regions and focus on topics that help young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning. For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org.