About Us

WordPlay Media is an educational technology company based in Sunderland which is dedicated to developing a digital English learning platform for Chinese young learners. The key project “Tornado English” platform is funded by the UK Department of International Trade, Sunderland City Council, Innovate UK and Northstar Venture Capital, etc. Tornado English ties in with “The Belt and Road Initiative” of China and brings in educational expertise from the University of Edinburgh to develop a cutting-edge digital English learning platform for Chinese pre-school and primary school students.

Tornado English innovatively presents English curriculum in Chinese primary schools via bilingual animations and provides highly engaging learning experience with compulsive games and interactive chatbot powered by Microsoft voice recognition and natural language processing technology.

Our goal is to make English learning easy, efficient, and effective. Beyond that, we aim to make this happen for all kids in China, especially those in less developed areas.

Management Team

Jonathan Karlsen
CEO

Ying Bradwell
COO

Tess Humphrys-Mallinson
Head of Curriculum

Sihan Zhou
Curriculum Designer

Jamie McMorrow
Creative Director

Jonathan Burton
Lead Developer

Animation
Animation
Games
Games
Chat Bot
Chat Bot
Resources
Resources