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Task-Based Language Teaching: What Does It Really Mean?

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 …

Voxy Patents Innovative Approach to Second Language Learning

Voxy is proud to announce that it has received a patent for its innovative method of identifying the most appropriate keywords in a text-based resource for second language learning. “We are thrilled to have patented our unique approach to materials creation,” said Katie Nielson, Voxy’s Chief Education Officer. “By combining our efficient, customized keyword extraction …

Voxy and CASL Announce Strategic Research Partnership

Voxy and the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) have announced plans to launch a joint empirical study to measure the effects of different instructional approaches on learners with distinct cognitive profiles. This strategic partnership represents an opportunity for breakthrough findings on how to effectively teach foreign languages, personalize language learning …

How It Works: Voxy Cassius™

“It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” That’s what Cassius Clay—who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali—once said about his boxing skills. Ali is considered one of the best athletes of his time, but the “Cassius” I’m referring to is Voxy’s proprietary Natural Language Processing (NLP) tool, Voxy Cassius™. It’s the powerful …

3 Alternatives for Looking Up Words

Certain theories of psycholinguistics postulate that we store words in our minds much like dictionaries do. Linguists refer to this as a “mental lexicon.” There are some obvious parallels between our mental lexicons and the everyday dictionaries we are so accustomed to using. One is the fact that the words in our mental dictionaries are …

Can You Hear the Difference?

Great Language Game

Ever been stopped by a stranger and asked what language you speak? How frequently have they guessed the correct language on the first try? And how good are you at telling the difference between languages? The “Great Language Game” is a fun way to try and figure out just that! The game increases in difficulty …