Brazil’s Cabbies Get Free English Lessons Before The World Cup
Voxy's targeted language learning offered to a fleet of 40,000 taxi drivers.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup finals will be held in Brazil in less than a month, which is why the country’s taxi drivers have started to brush up on their English skills. A partnership between 99Taxis and the language-learning platform Voxy has the two companies offered a more relevant type of English class. So far, 2,000 of the nation’s 40,000 cab drivers have signed up, which entitles them to three months of free lessons.
“What makes us different, is that we’re a needs-based language learning program. We don’t start with ‘basics’ and build up,” Voxy’s chief education officer Katie Nielson told Quartz.“That’s not the best way to teach a language, especially not to adults.The bottom line is that people learn when what they’re learning is relevant to their needs.” What that means is that Voxy integrates news stories, audio, and video to teach its users based on what they like to talk about, and what they really need to learn.