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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 …

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, …

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 …

Ashley Dresser: The Morale of Making a Mistake or an Error

Achieving oral proficiency in a foreign language can often feel like an insurmountable challenge. And sometimes, no matter how fast you ride your horse toward it, it still remains a distant speck on the horizon. My adult English learners frequently express their frustration with this feeling, so I always have a lesson ready to help …

Rebecca Wagoner: What I’ve (Unexpectedly) Learned from Teaching ESL

I was originally hesitant to enter the world of online education, concerned that I wouldn’t be able to sufficiently connect with my students, but I’m now three years in and have found the opposite to be true. Working from an online platform has given me access to teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) learners …

Brett Fogarty: Why I Teach

Teaching English as a second language (ESL) is probably one of the most multifaceted occupations you could ever pursue as a career. It requires a unique skill set, including loads of cultural empathy and a chameleon-like ability to adapt to a variety of settings. A lot of the teachers are itinerant—staying in different locations year …

Voxy’s Totally Unique Approach to Language Learning

Voxy recently received a patent for its innovative approach to language learning, but why is this so important and what makes Voxy’s approach different from other methodologies? Voxy’s Chief Education Officer, Dr. Katharine B. Nielson, breaks it down for us. VOXY: What does this patent mean for Voxy? KBN: One of the things that makes …

Beginners Improve English Proficiency in 3 Months with Voxy

You might be wondering: How long does it take to improve my proficiency level with Voxy? Based on our current research findings, 79% of 0-Beginners—or learners who have little or no prior experience learning English—are able to improve their proficiency level after just three months of using Voxy. Depending on your current level, we recommend …

Voxy Wins 2015 Academics’ Choice Smart Media Award

Voxy is pleased to announce that it received a 2015 Smart Media Award from Academics’ Choice. The independent Academics’ Choice Awards program and its seal of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as a mark of genuinely effective learning tools that stimulate the mind and develop higher order thinking skills. “Voxy’s mission …

The Power of Contextual Language Learning [RESOURCES]

The concept of contextual learning is hardly a new one. American philosopher and educational reformer John Dewey imagined it in the first half of the 20th century when he advocated project-based learning and experiential education. Kurt Lewin and David Kolb established similar theories on experiential learning, or the process of making meaning from a direct …