By immersing learners in real-life settings where they use their knowledge, RendezVu gives them a deeper and more dynamic understanding of languages, through using them in context.
How it works for Learners
Our award winning solution uses language learning technologies to provide the first truly immersive environment where you can speak, listen, read and write your language 24x7.
Our world contains areas such as a bank, cafe, train station etc where learners can order a meal or buy a ticket in English or other languages. Virtual assistants (ticket-master, waiter plus many more) are always available for students to converse with, so they can practise their language skills with a fluent speaker (our virtual assistants). What differentiates our solution is that it is not just a set of canned responses; the system can maintain full conversations even when the student is making mistakes. Students advance in the world by achieving objectives. As they advance, students face greater challenges which require greater language skills.
RendezVu maps learning goals onto activities and events within the world and tracks the progress of individual learners within it.
Task Based Learning
RendezVu provides a task-based approach to learning languages. You are asked to do things in the target language. For example, when you are in the café you have to order food and drink, when you are in the bank you have to withdraw cash. We also provide you with the useful words and phrases you might need to carry out the task. Once you have completed the task, you can get feedback on your performance. Did you make any grammatical or other mistakes? Check in your progress page and learn more.
Why it works
Building the confidence that learners need requires validation from an authentic, interactive source - so called "face-time". RendezVu provides that validation and is available when learners need it.
Vocabulary: The neural pathways that form our vocabulary are not created by looking at words on a page. Pathways are formed through visually association. By immersing yourself in a world where all business around you is conducted in the target language, you will pick up the language "on the ear".
About the Team
RendezVu is developed by RendezVu Inc, a company based at the NovaUCD Innovation & Technology Centre in University College Dublin.
Our scalable learning platform is based on many years of innovation in the areas of natural language processing, linguistics and speech analysis. Our pedagogy and EFL courseware are developed by an ELT team with many years experience in courseware design and delivery.