Signs are surfacing that companies around the world are emerging from the pandemic and are scaling up their English language learning programs. In the past several months, organizations from three countries have started a pilot of Alelo’s Enskill® English, an online platform that teaches English fluency through personalized exercises and authentic speaking practice with AI-driven avatars:
Centro Cultural – A non-profit, bi-national institution in Costa Rica whose mission is to “provide the best tools for global success through innovative language and intercultural programs that foster understanding and friendship between the people of Costa Rica and the United States of America”. They serve disadvantaged students in a blended program, considered the leading institution for English teaching in Costa Rica.
Georgian College – A publicly-funded community college in Barrie, Ontario with 7 campuses and 13,000 full-time students, including 4500 international students. They have an English language studies program and offer workforce development consulting and training.
Institute University Kelvin – A university in Monterrey, Mexico with 1200 students and an English School of 700 students of which 400 study online. Students in the language school are young working adults, ages 24-28 years, with particular needs to learn job interviewing and presentation skills.
In all three programs, there’s an emphasis to teach students vital job skills for the workforce. That’s nothing new to Alelo. The company’s focus in 2021 and 2022 is to use avatar-based training to upskill and reskill workers in half the time of conventional training. The innovative work in this area has garnered the company international attention. Alelo was runner-up in the 2021 International E-learning Awards and is currently a Semifinalist in the prestigious $5M XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling by New Profit competition (winner to be announced in January 2023).
In 2019, Alelo’s Enskill English was a finalist in the British Council’s ELTons Award for Digital Innovation in English Language Teaching.