[Video] Innovation in Edtech

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to participate in a panel discussion on trends in Education Technology. The panel was comprised of participants from four different companies focused on different aspects of technology-mediated instruction, including one using compression technology to make streaming videos accessible in low-bandwidth areas, one that created a tool to …

Eliminating the Foreign Language Requirement

In the U.S., we force students to sit through mind-numbing grammar lessons and stilted dialogues, leaving them unable to order coffee at a French bistro. But that doesn’t mean we should eliminate language instruction. It’s incredibly important for everyone to speak more than one language in today’s interconnected world.

It’s Just Like Riding a Bike

Usually, when I tell people that learning a language is learning a skill, like cooking or surfing, I get nods of understanding. That seems to make sense, intuitively. And then when I go on to say that, because those are skills, they require copious amounts of practice and individualized instruction, I still get nods, and people are receptive when I go on to paint an even clearer picture. Where this breaks down is when people try to actually apply this theory to setting up a language program. So what to do?

Pronunciation Instruction

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and unfortunately for many non-native speakers, a foreign accent can sometimes get in the way. It’s one of the first things that people notice, and incomprehensible, heavily-accented English can be used to label and categorize, often wrongly. Language learners understandably want to minimize their accents, but they are rarely successful; let’s consider why.

Is “bench” one of the hardest words to learn in English? No, it isn’t.

By Dr. Katharine B. Nielson It is hard to accurately write about scientific research for the mass market, and journalists regularly make mistakes. I don’t think, however, that explains what happened last month at Business Insider. Not only did Mark Abadi publish a factually-inaccurate piece about how hard it is to learn English, he relied …

What makes learning English so hard? Voxy’s patent portfolio has the answer.

Learning a new language is one of the biggest challenges a person can face, but what exactly makes it so hard and what can we do to help? Voxy recently received a third patent for our unique technology that allows us to analyze a text—like a news article, for example—and assign it to an English …

7 Essentials for Building an Effective Language Training Program

As Voxy’s VP of Customer Success, one of the most frequent conversations my team and I have with corporate clients is about how to build effective language training programs. English has become the universal language of business and employees around the world simply cannot get their jobs done or reach their full potential without the …

3 Reasons Why English Training is Necessary for the Future of the Oil and Gas Industry

While the inherently cyclical oil and gas (OG) industry has encountered many challenges over the past decade, the continued global demand for oil and natural gas is expected to drive major growth in the years to come. But to support this growth, HR teams will need to play a significant role in the hiring and …