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Brett Fogarty: The Unique Experience of Learning Online

Teaching a language online is certainly a different experience than teaching in a physical classroom, and most people like to point to its limitations and drawbacks. But do we ever consider the undeniably unique experience of being in an online language class? Perhaps the biggest advantage is students getting to connect with each other. This …

Voxy Goes (Back) to the White House!

Voxy’s Chief Education Officer, Dr. Katharine B. Nielson, PhD, was invited back to the White House last month to participate in an event called English for All: Technology in English, now in its second year. Voxy was one of just five private-sector organizations represented; others included Newsela, Global English, Voice of America’s Learning English and Digital Promise.

Voxy Attends ICEF Berlin, Global Language Learning Event

Last month Voxy traveled to Berlin to attend ICEF, an international conference that in part connects educators with agents who recruit students for immersive language-learning programs. The event is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind, bringing together more than 2,000 professionals and hosting dozens of seminars on current and future trends in the international …

Rebecca Wagoner: Learning English Through Pop Culture

The most common question I’m asked by ESL learners when we first meet is, “How can I become fluent in English?” The answer to this is tricky, because it truly depends on the individual and a number of factors, such as agreeing on what fluency even means. It’s my job to help people become fluent, …

ULACIT Takes Control of Its Curriculum by Digitizing Materials with Voxy

We are excited to announce a new partnership with the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT), one of the most prestigious private universities in Latin America. Based in San Jose, Costa Rica, ULACIT maintains an English school for university students as well as independent English learners. ULACIT is using Voxy to digitize its entire English …

When Pronunciation Isn’t Enough: Teaching Comprehension

Today we conclude our language learning video series with Voxy’s Chief Education Officer, Dr. Katharine Nielson, who has been answering all your nitty-gritty questions about how people learn languages. One of the most common language learning exercises is to read a text-based resource, but as instructors we often make the mistake of focusing primarily on …

Task-Based Language Teaching: What Does It Really Mean?

If you Google Task-Based Language Teaching, or TBLT, you’ll find a lot of definitions related to the latest trend in teaching second or foreign languages. But what does it really mean? TBLT is an approach to language learning that was popularized in the 1980s by N. Prabhu in Bangalore, India. Prabhu discovered that learners were …

Naomi Sveholm: What a Toddler Can Teach Us about Language Acquisition

When my son was born, I was excited to interact with him (after some sleep, that is). We’ve been communicating his whole life, but his speaking didn’t really take off until he was around 16 months, when I noticed a lot of parallels between my son and my English students, some of which matched my …

The Best and Worst Ways to Provide Feedback to Learners

Today we bring you the latest segment in a video series by Voxy’s Chief Education Officer, Dr. Katharine Nielson, who’s answering all your nitty-gritty questions about how people learn languages. As a language instructor, when and how should you be offering your learners corrective feedback? And what’s the worst thing you can do when a …

Voxy Launches Popular Digital Marketing Course from General Assembly

Voxy is proud to be working with General Assembly (GA), a global education company specializing in 21st-century skills, to deliver its Digital Marketing course on the Voxy platform. This collaboration will bring GA’s popular Digital Marketing course to the Voxy platform for English language learners around the world. The professional-level foundation course has been taken by …