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August 02, 2013


KIC boosts blended learning in the US, Canada

kaplan-carnegie-speech-logo.jpgThe PIE News yesterday reported the kind of ELT business story we're seeing more and more frequently - English language learning course provider ties up with a tech company that provides a particular set of learning tools, in this case speech recognition technology.

Kaplan International Colleges (KIC) has boosted blended learning at all 23 of its North American schools through a partnership with Carnegie Speech.

It will offer Carnegie’s NativeAccent, an online program that helps students improve their speaking and listening, and complements face-to-face lessons. The program uses advanced speech recognition technology and provides students with immediate feedback on their performance.

“NativeAccent listens to a student’s spoken English and diagnoses very specifically their individual strengths and weaknesses,” Kapan said in a statement. “It then creates a customised learning plan for each student which maximises student learning gains and minimises required study time.”

KIC provides academic English courses at centres in North America, the UK, New Zealand, Canada, Malta, Singapore and Ireland. It says it is seeing continued growth in student numbers around the world and that technological solutions are key to its growth.

Read the full report from the PIE News.

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