Voxy is honored to be joining forces with Becalos, the largest organization in Mexico providing scholarships and internship placement to high school and college students as well as teachers. In 2015 alone, Becalos distributed 17,000 scholarships!
The first ever Becalos English Challenge, launching this month, will offer Voxy and other English learning products to students and teachers in Mexico for free, with special incentives for participants to improve their English skills over the next seven months. About 8,000 students are expected to participate in the English Challenge, spread across nine universities from a diverse range of geographical areas—including Acapulco, Mexico City, Merida and Iguala. The goal is to identify the most effective English learning solutions, particularly for students who don’t have easy access to language programs at their schools.
“I am excited to welcome Voxy as part of the Becalos English Challenge,” said Hugo Sancen, Complementary Programs Coordinator at Becalos. “We are proud to partner with a company that’s driving innovation in adaptive learning, fresh content development and increased student engagement. We strive to provide our students and teachers with the best possible resources to help them achieve their educational and professional goals, and Voxy’s approach to English learning is fully aligned with that vision.”
In order to receive a college degree in Mexico, you must fulfill certain English requirements, but not all students have the resources they need to meet the necessary criteria to graduate. Even though the president has advocated raising the level of English proficiency among students country-wide, many public schools struggle to offer English courses to all their students. This often leaves students and teachers in a position to fend for themselves, sometimes with scarce resources to enroll in classes on their own.
Voxy’s blended approach includes self-paced, adaptive lessons tailored to students’ specific goals and live instruction with native English speakers via video-conferencing—an ideal combination for students looking for the flexibility of a self-guided course as well as personalized feedback from trained instructors. Voxy’s solution can be delivered as a fully mobile experience, offers over 30,000 hours of content appropriate for learners of all proficiency levels and leverages patented technology to personalize courses based on the specific English needed to prepare students for their careers.
“We are thrilled to be part of this inspiring initiative,” said Paul Gollash, Voxy Founder and CEO. “English proficiency is a huge driver of socio-economic advancement globally, and we applaud the efforts that Becalos is making to remove the barriers that prevent tomorrow’s leaders from accessing the high-quality instruction they need and deserve.”
Hugo Sancen, Complementary Programs Coordinator at Becalos, and Maria Hernandez, Becalos scholarship recipient and candidate for NASA program.
Featured image from Becalos English Challenge launch event at Instituto Tecnologico Tlahuac 2 in Mexico City. Pictured from left to right: Hugo Sancen, Becalos Fundación Televisa; Laura Rojas, HSBC México; Imelda Vega, de tecnológico nacional de México; Gabriela Rojas, Bécalos Fundación Televisa; Miguel Laporta, HSBC México & Latin America; Manuel Ángel Uribe Vázquez, Instituto Tecnológico Tlahuac 2; Alicia Lebrija, Fundación Televisa; Omar Chaparro; Maria Hernandez; Lagtzu Lopez, HSBC México.
Becalos is a division of Televisa, the largest media company in Mexico. Photos courtesy of Becalos.