During last week’s event on Multilingualism in Europe we were talking about trends in language learning that are driven by new technology, data and a new mindset when it comes to what learners expect these days.
Some of the key trends we see at EDUKWEST are around personalization, effectiveness and quicker results, trends that are also at the core of the edtech startup in today’s profile.
Rosetta Stone announced a partnership with Acesse Corporation, an Internet marketing and advertising service provider with small business clients across the globe.
Under the partnership, Rosetta Stone will provide its language learning products Rosetta Stone Language Learning V3 for Business and Rosetta Stone Advanced English for Business to Acesse’s 400.000 customers through a new continuing education product called Acesse University.
Besides language training Acesse University will offer courses in Internet marketing, business fundamentals and technical skills, aiming to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with the skills needed to stay competitive in a global market.
Full Release after the break.
The number of people learning foreign languages in Poland has increased in recent years, especially since joining the European Union in 2004. Many young people have taken the opportunity, myself included, of studying or working abroad.
Great Britain is unusual. Geographically isolated, densely populated, and equally blessed and burdened with a history of “ruling the waves”. The majority of foreign nationals in Britain have always been nationals of the Commonwealth, invited guest workers from earlier in the 20th century.
The history of British power has always stood in contrast to Britain’s political need for close ties with the European Union. And over the last decade, there are two things that have really put a strain on the identity of this country: the economic crisis and the expansion of the European Union. EDUKWEST’s kick-off post on Multilingualism in Europe showed that the second language spoken on this island is now not Punjabi or Welsh, but Polish. As Britain is becoming a more multilingual place, why is education policy not following suit?
In its second year the British Academy set the British Academy Schools Language Awards. The competition offers a series of 14 awards of £4,000 each to encourage excellence in language learning across the UK. The two national winners will be awarded an additional £2,000 each.
Schools across the country are invited to participate with the British Academy paying extra attention to projects that target learners in less advantaged social groups.
The initiative was created with the objective to increase the number of students that take languages to an advanced and degree level. Schools can apply with their projects until June 30 2014.
Full release after the break.
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Today we take a look at two edtech startups that recently graduated from ERA, based in New York City and Angelpad, based in San Francisco.
This column was first published in EducationInvestor Volume 6, Issue 3 April 2014.
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When it comes to language, Europe is in a unique position. In a small geographical area, connected by a common market and to some extent common culture, we have access to nearly all the world’s most important languages: English, of course, but German, Spanish, Portuguese and French all play major roles in global trade, too. And the European Commission is keen to get people learning: a year ago, it announced the lofty goal of making every European speak at least three languages, calling this multilingualism strategy “mother tongue plus two”.
Fluentify, a language learning marketplace based in London, raised $410k Angel Round led by Stefano Marsaglia.
The funding will be used to grow the team and expand the service in Southern Europe.
Online and mobile language learning startup Duolingo raised a $20 million Series C led by Kleiner Perkins with participation of existing investors Union Square Ventures and New Enterprise Associates. This latest rounds brings the total funding raised to $38.3 million.
Apparently the choice of making tutoring the subject of our first EDUKWEST Live event last week was a very good one. Having been somewhat forgotten over the past couple of years it now makes an impressive comeback in the edtech news cycle.
To give you just one prominent example that was covered by even general tech blogs: Wyzant which raised $21.5 million late last year now acquired the remains of Tutorspree. But I’ll get into that story later this week.
Today I want to focus on Cambly, a new platform that connects English and Spanish learners through video chat. Sure, this sounds very familiar as startups like Colingo and Verbling are essentially fishing in the same pond.