• Aug 10, 2016

Alelo and Laureate International Universities to Co-develop Innovative Solutions for Learning Spoken English

Alelo Inc. (Los Angeles) and Laureate International Universities (Baltimore) have signed an agreement to co-develop computer-based modules for learning and assessing spoken English skills based on Alelo’s virtual role-play technology and methods. The modules will be initially integrated into Laureate’s online English-learning courses offered to its 50,000 lower-level students in Latin America.

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  • Jul 26, 2016

US Air Force Recognizes Alelo VCAT Courses As An SBIR Success Story

The U.S. Air Force recently recognized Alelo’s Virtual Cultural Awareness Trainers (VCATs) as a success story funded by its Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program, and produced a video showcasing the success. The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal research and development that has the potential for commercialization.

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  • Jul 18, 2016

Applied Anthropology

When I was in graduate school, plenty of people asked me the dreaded question every anthropology student hears: “What are you going to do with that?” The question is a good one. In 2012 Forbes ranked anthropology as the worst college major for getting a well-paying job. In 2011, Florida governor Rick Scott called cited anthropology as one of the more useless college majors, encouraging college students to go into STEM fields. In fact, his words were: “Is it a vital interest of the state to have more anthropologists? I don’t think so.”

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  • Jul 07, 2016

Alelo And Aptima Announced $3M Government Investment In Adaptive Language Learning Technology

The Office of the Secretary of Defense funded Alelo and Aptima to develop ALLEARN, an adaptive learning architecture that helps people learn foreign languages more rapidly and develop higher levels of proficiency. ALLEARN exploits advances in artificial intelligence to create rich interactive learning experiences that are optimized for each learner. Below is our interview with Dr. W. Lewis Johnson, President and CEO of Alelo.

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  • Jun 15, 2016

Alelo and Aptima Team to Develop Adaptive Language Learning Technology

Recognizing the unmet need for effective, relatively inexpensive foreign-language learning, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded a $3 million contract to Aptima Inc. and Alelo Inc. to develop ALLEARN, a system to accelerate foreign-language learning using artificial intelligence technologies.

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  • May 19, 2016

What is Anthropology?

When I tell people I meet that I’m an anthropologist, I sometimes get a blank stare in return. Occasionally someone will ask if I’ve dug up any cool artifacts lately or if I’m like that lady on the TV show Bones. One acquaintance nicknamed me “Jane Goodall.” Another challenged me to name all of the dinosaurs ever discovered. Even people who do know a little about cultural anthropology are sometimes surprised when I tell them that I did my doctoral fieldwork among corporate executives on the island of Singapore, a global city, rather than studying the kava ceremony on the island of Tonga, for example.

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  • Mar 23, 2016

What is Culture Shock?

The first time I lived abroad, in Argentina, I wrote an excited letter to an old friend. “I am living in a place that is very similar to the States in most ways,” I told him, “and yet everything in daily life takes place in Spanish. More amazing altogether: while there are tons of things I don’t understand, I am able to function very well.”

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  • Feb 24, 2016

Low- and High-Context Communication

One morning during my fieldwork in Mexico, the dog dragged my freshly washed dress off the line and into the mud. I swore at him under my breath, and a member of the family I was staying with heard me but said nothing.

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  • Feb 24, 2016

Alelo and First Mobile Education Partner to Bring Advanced Virtual-Education and Training Solutions to Canada

Alelo Inc. has partnered with Canadian e-learning leader First Mobile Education to bring virtual-education and training solutions to New Brunswick and the rest of Canada. E-learning solutions to benefit New Brunswick by helping students and workers acquire vital skills for the 21st Century global marketplace.

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  • Feb 04, 2016

TD Magazine features Alelo’s Experts on the Issue of Perspective-Taking Across Generations

Alelo’s CEO W. Lewis Johnson and applied anthropologist Asya Anderson have teamed up to discuss the importance of perspective-taking skills in the latest edition of TD Magazine. Using the tools of social science, they tackle the issue of communication in a multigenerational workforce, and provide solutions for working across generational divides.

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