Parents Are Key to Success for Young English Learners

Voxy’s Dr. Katie Nielson recently wrote an op-ed that was published by The 74, an online education-focused publication. Dr. Nielson takes on the very timely challenge of educating young recent immigrants in English. Here is a short excerpt: Like any student group with additional needs, English learners can achieve academically with access to sufficient resources …

[Video] Innovation in Edtech

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to participate in a panel discussion on trends in Education Technology. The panel was comprised of participants from four different companies focused on different aspects of technology-mediated instruction, including one using compression technology to make streaming videos accessible in low-bandwidth areas, one that created a tool to …

University of Maryland Partners with Voxy

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Determined to improve outcomes and experiences for international graduate students, the University of Maryland has partnered with Voxy to offer learners admitted to the Bridge Program a combination of live, one-on-one instruction and personalized self-study the summer before they arrive in College Park.

Eliminating the Foreign Language Requirement

In the U.S., we force students to sit through mind-numbing grammar lessons and stilted dialogues, leaving them unable to order coffee at a French bistro. But that doesn’t mean we should eliminate language instruction. It’s incredibly important for everyone to speak more than one language in today’s interconnected world.

Evaluating Translation in Language Learning

By Dr. Katharine B. Nielson – A couple of months ago, I pointed out that translation is an ineffective methodology for language teaching. That piece was then published on the ELTJam site, where it has generated a lively discussion on the merits of pedagogic translation as well as some more colorful exchanges–it’s been a long …

Cómo desarrollar un programa eficaz para la enseñanza de inglés en el lugar de trabajo: ¡Es más fácil de lo que tú crees!

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Learning and development is only one of the many competing priorities that Human Resources (HR) managers face. Fortunately, though, there are some easy-to-follow guidelines that can help HR professionals assess the quality of their current English training programs and, if necessary, bring in more effective, efficient, and innovative tools to help their employees develop their language skills.

It’s Just Like Riding a Bike

By Dr. Katharine B. Nielson – 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 …

Pronunciation Instruction

By Dr. Katharine B. Nielson – 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. The …