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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?

Writing in Online Language Classes

One question I often get asked by instructors setting up online language courses is how to structure peer-to-peer communication. They ask because thousands of empirical studies on distance learning have established that a feeling of community drives learner engagement and, therefore, outcomes, but the wrong approach can actually be damaging for language learners. So what is the solution?

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.

In $7.6 trillion industry, English training is key

The tourism and hospitality industry contributes $7.6 trillion to the global economy every year and employs nearly 10% of the world’s working population. But within this vast industry, there are critical skill gaps preventing companies and employees from providing the highest level of service. “Today we have a shortage of qualified employees,”explained Ghassan Aidi, President …

The Future of English Language Learning is Mobile

It’s been estimated that more than 2.3 billion people will be smartphone users in 2017—an almost 150% increase in just three years and climbing. And for the first time in history, more people are accessing the internet using a mobile device than a desktop computer. These numbers are staggering and the shift to mobile is …

Voxy Learners Share Proof of Their Success in New Research Study

The Voxy Education team will travel to Barcelona next week for TBLT 2017, an international conference on Task-Based Language Teaching. So today we’re sharing a sneak peek of the new research the team will be presenting! TBLT is a proven approach to teaching second languages and it forms the foundation of Voxy’s methodology. TBLT tells …

How Voxy Works: 4 Ways We Track Results

How do we know that Voxy works? We track language learning outcomes more comprehensively than any of our competitors, using a set of metrics that nobody else does. Check out four key metrics that show Voxy results in higher engagement, proven learning outcomes, and happy customers.

Naomi Sveholm: 3 Reasons language teachers should be language learners first

As a language learner-turned-teacher, I believe all language teachers should study another language—especially with another teacher. There are numerous benefits to practicing what you preach, but I’m going to cover just a few. Teachers often find themselves in a sort of bubble: they’re focused on leading their own classes and rarely see other teachers at …

New Data Shows 77% of Beginners Can Improve Their English Proficiency with Voxy

We know that new English learners can use Voxy to improve their proficiency level in a matter of a few months. But how much time do learners really need to devote to their English course each week to see results? According to our recent data, 77% of 0-Beginners—or learners who have have had little or …