One of the biggest problems for language learners at any stage is to find people to practice their conversational skills with. Language exchange is probably one of the most popular methods but as I wrote back in the days, it’s complicated.
i2istudy aims to provide language learners and teachers with a platform that does most of the heavy lifting by providing them with interactive content and ideas to work on.
McGraw-Hill Education announced a partnership with Cerego, a provider of memory management tools. Under the partnership the companies will work on adaptive language learning products for K-12 students.
In Asia mobile phones are more intensively used than in North America or Europe. Often they are the main computing device, replacing laptops or desktop computers entirely. This also means that mobile phones are more and more used to perform different tasks in the field of learning, from sharing questions related to homework to learning a new language.
HelloTalk offers a social app that connects language learners from across the globe. The app features a set of different tools to facilitate exchange within the community, and to help community members to learn a new language.
After announcing a more serious approach to language learning based on behavioural data last month, Duolingo launched its latest feature this week: Duolingo for Schools.
Like the web based portal and the mobile apps, Duolingo for Schools is 100% free to use with no upsells or advertisement which makes it an interesting addition to language learning classrooms in schools, universities or for tutors.
Skype is now accepting applications for previews of its upcoming Translator feature. Demoed at re/code’s Code conference in May, Skype Translator lets people communicate via VoIP even if they speak different languages.
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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