NEW YORK, May 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Language learning pioneer Voxy today announced a partnership with the University of Maryland to provide research-based language training to the institution's growing population of international students. Voxy's unique digital platform, which personalizes content to real-world interests and future courses of study, will be made available to newly admitted graduate students who've been placed in the English Bridge Program, and will give them the opportunity to improve their English before arriving on campus.
"Providing this sort of instruction to students, before they begin classes, can have a profound impact on learning outcomes," said Katie Nielson, Ph.D., Chief Education Officer at Voxy. "By personalizing the content used to foster language acquisition, we will be able to offer the sort of authentic, needs-based support that international learners need to thrive in school."
In recent years, the number of English language learners in higher education has ballooned, reaching 1.1 million students during the 2016-2017 school year. Promising research from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) indicates that Voxy's use of authentic, personalized materials, in conjunction with in-class instruction, can significantly accelerate English language acquisition.
"This approach is about creating a paradigm for language learning that is both more efficient -- and effective -- than historical, one-size-fits-all strategies," said Mariah M.L. Bauer, Ph.D., Director of Strategic Initiatives and Planning at the University of Maryland. "It's about moving beyond the limitations of on-campus, in-person instruction, to provide international students with a more affordable, flexible option and the ability to prepare for their studies before even leaving their home country."
For more information on Voxy web and mobile applications, please visit www.voxy.com.
Voxy provides personalized English language instruction to corporations, educational institutions and governments across the globe. Based on more than 30 years of academic research, Voxy's solution meets the needs of each user by combining patented technology that adapts lessons in real time with personalized live instruction—all delivered in a fully mobile experience. Launched in 2010, it has been used by millions of learners and hundreds of institutions in over 50 different countries. Voxy's innovative approach has been recognized by major media outlets including The New York Times, Forbes and CNN. Backed by leading investors in education technology, Voxy is headquartered in New York City and has offices in São Paulo, Mexico City, and Singapore.