Kudo!: Makes learning a second language easy for children

A recent report from Education First (EF) ranks the level of English spoken across 60 countries worldwide; in short, things don’t look good for Latin America, which is the worst-performing region worldwide in terms of proficiency. Of the 16 countries EF has designated to have a “Very Low Level” of English, an equal percentage (44%) were divided between Latin America (including Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Guatemala) and the Middle East. Five Latin American countries (Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Uruguay) obtained a slightly higher distinction as having a “Low Level” of English. The only Latin American country that obtained a “Medium Level” of English proficiency within the report was Argentina. The report concludes: “A poor level of English is still one of the most important competitive weaknesses in Latin America.”

Luckily, there are a couple of entrepreneurs that are making strides in turning this all around.

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Classroom.tv educational platform gaining popularity in Latin America

Classroom.tv, which was founded based on the idea to become a platform for self-learning, and to bring the best courses to students everywhere, takes big steps in Latin America.

We have been able to engage with the best professors in this region. This has reinforced our belief that the future of education is online”, Eduardo Abeliuk, founder of Classroom.tv says.

Thousands of students have been actively using Classroom.tv’s platform.

The company has been quietly partnering and establishing pilot programs with different institutions in the continent, experiencing a 1000% increase in monthly traction, compared to last year.

The platform has already aggregated and indexed more than 1000 hours of exclusive content in Spanish, around topics such as math, physics, biology, economics, engineering, computer science, history, innovation and entrepreneurship, among others. And it has also expanded the communication systems among the community by offering school consultations, forums and internal messaging between users.

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Floqq joins 500 Startups

Less than one week ago we published a post about Floqq, Latin America’s largest online Spanish language course catalog. And 3 weeks ago for our ‘AndesBeat Start-Up Chile Demo Day Picks‘, we identified Floqq as 1 of the 2 startups that were replicating a proven business model- referring to them as the ‘Udemy of South America’.

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Online education website Floqq launches in Latin America

We all want to learn something new, don’t we? So why not learn from the best?

My mom and I have a deal: She teaches me how to cook the most delicious meals of all, and in return I teach her how to use the computer and create stunning PowerPoint presentations. This way, both of us learns from the other and teaches the things he can do best. But there is a limit of what my mom and I can teach each other. Neither of us knows how to speak Chinese, for example. But there are millions of people that can, the question is: How do you find them?

For all Spanish speakers, there is Floqq, an online platform that offers a great variety of educational courses in the form of high quality videos for anyone who wants to perfect or improve any professional or personal skill via the internet. The platform launched in Latin America on March 19th offers more than 600 courses, which have a price of US$10-20, to people from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.

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Edoome, an educational social network, is nailing it!

Based in Chile, the startup Edoome aims at connecting teachers with their students to let them communicate, collaborate and share their educational content on an online platform.

Edoome is achieving success at a neck breaking speed after having won TNW’s Startup World competition (Santiago) and Techolab’s Applicate competition. They also celebrated a huge milestone by surpassing 12,000 fans on their Facebook page.

Very soon a huge pilot program with more than 24.000 chilean students will be launched! That is really exciting!

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Startups seek to support and motivate young Chileans in improving their English

English as a lingua franca.

Is that what it really is?

Of course, also Spanish is a widely spread and spoken language, especially in LatAm, but in some situations we must realize that being fluent in English is extremely helpful.

And sometimes even required!

Some days ago, the British Council and Trabajando.com, published alarming statistics about the level of English of Chilean professionals, emphasizing that about every fourth job, and that is a quarter, required knowledge of the English language.

Nevertheless, the Chilean reality demonstrates that 80 % of the professionals in fact only has an insufficient level in this area.

Besides, 55% of young people had to admit that they are not able to have a fluent conversation in English, while 91% of them indeed stated that English is relevant and essential for their professional development.

For the future it is estimated that by 2020, 3 of every 4 jobs, so 75% will require you to be bilingual.

Two Chilean startups in conjunction with EF Chile are now addressing this problem by launching an interesting solution. These two brilliant startups are Sensication, founded by Gonzalo Torrealba and José Miguel Calderón, and iKwest, also founded by Gonzalo Torrealba and his partner Heiko Linn to develop cell phone technology for big companies.

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