By the numbers: Meeting global demand for a growing maritime industry

Global demand for maritime workers has grown by 45% since 2005. And with increasing demand, HR professionals are facing greater hiring challenges, especially when onboard communication is of critical importance. Forty percent of all ship accidents are caused by communication factors, which means the need for English proficiency among crews has never been more important. …

Research review: Online versus face-to-face learning outcomes

In a comprehensive investigation of online and traditional face-to-face learning outcomes, the U.S. Department of Education released one of the first major reports to take a close look at the effectiveness of each approach. The analysis revealed that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction. While this is certainly good news for online learning, the results are not as clear-cut as they may seem. To help break it down, we’re sharing summaries of three key findings from the study.

How to launch an English training program in the workplace: Part 2

In this two-part blog series, we’re sharing our best practices to design and launch an effective English training program for your team. Now that you’ve established what your organization needs and how you’ll measure the results, it’s time to consider the learning program itself in more detail. At the core of every Voxy course is …

How to launch an English training program in the workplace: Part 1

Preparing to launch an English training program for your team can be daunting, especially if you need to implement it at scale for a large organization. With so many logistics to consider—and most likely, ambitious KPIs to reach—it can be difficult to know where to start. Voxy has enabled companies of every size to develop …

Workforce development: “The need for innovation is staggering”

“The need for innovation is staggering, the need for impact is staggering.” —Eva Hasset, Executive Director of the International Institute of Buffalo Last month, Voxy CEO Paul Gollash spoke on a panel at the Welcoming Economies Convening in Syracuse, NY, an event that brings together a network of trailblazers and industry leaders in the emerging …

10 hospitality workforce trends you can’t afford to ignore

Did you know that even though 97% of global hospitality employees report that English skills are required or important for their jobs, only 7% say their current English level is sufficient to do their jobs? We’ve been keeping a close watch on workforce trends and compiled a list of 10 stats for hospitality HR and …

Investing in top customer service talent can save your company big bucks

As improved technology and automated support channels provide consumers with more ways to handle common questions and technical problems on their own, customer service representatives and IT support staffs have seen the number of simple requests go way down in recent years. But at the same time, the number of complex requests has dramatically increased, …

Embracing TBLT, Voxy’s proven approach to learning English

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 …

Has technology revolutionized language learning?

The days of using DVDs, VHS tapes and BlueRay discs to watch our favorite movies are now largely over. Thanks to platforms like Hulu and Netflix, watching movies is now a seamless experience that doesn’t even require us to leave the couch. With services like Uber and Lyft, anyone can order a private car right …

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 …