To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the U.S. public broadcaster, PBS, will run episodes from the popular bilingual Web series Oh Noah! at the end of episodes of the math-oriented series for kids 8-11, Cyberchase.
Oh Noah! will make its broadcast debut on 17 September on PBS Kids, coinciding with the kick-off of a year-long celebration beginning the week of September 17-23 in honor of the 50th anniversary of Thirteen, New York's local public media station, which produces Oh Noah! and Cyberchase.
Designed to provide children ages 6 to 8 with an engaging introduction to Spanish, Oh Noah! stars nine-year-old Noah, who is staying with his grandmother in a community where everyone speaks Spanish. A series of misunderstandings launch comic misadventures as he tries to communicate with others who don't speak English.
The bilingual dialogue in Oh Noah! introduces Spanish to English speakers and also offers English language learning support to Spanish speakers. To extend and reinforce Spanish vocabulary learning, the Oh Noah! Website features games embedded in the short videos, and additional Web adventures.
Both Oh Noah! and Cyberchase are offering new interactive and online content this fall. Oh Noah! will debut new videos and related interactive games, while Cyberchase will debut its first content for slightly younger learners.