uTalk, formerly EuroTalk, started its business with educational products that made language learning fun for all ages. Now the team is celebrating their silver anniversary by announcing new products for Secondary schools and universities using its new multi-platform app.
“We were one of the first companies to produce language learning software back in 1991, when CD-ROMs were the height of modern technology!” said co-founder Dick Howeson. “Times have changed a lot since then, but we’re excited to have remained at the cutting-edge with an app that represents all the knowledge and passion for languages we’ve gained over the last quarter of a century.”
The app is available for Secondary schools through uTalk Classroom, a teacher pack that allows integration into whole-class teaching via a whiteboard, or on a one-to-one basis.
Brett Savidge, VP Sales and Marketing, said: “We want to make language learning a fun, social experience, so the games and activities within uTalk are great for whole class participation - but it’s also ideal for individual use with students who may need a bit more help.”
On top of this, uTalk Campus for higher education allows students and staff to access the app, which offers a choice of over 130 languages, using their university credentials. The Language Resource Centre at Newcastle University has been using the new product since late last year and already hundreds of students and staff use uTalk as an extra-curricular resource.
uTalk is now in discussion with education partners globally. Dick adds: “One of the key features that sets uTalk apart from other apps is that it lets users choose their source language. This is particularly handy for learners from overseas, who might not want to learn from English.”
Both uTalk Classroom and Campus will be available to try out at the Bett Show 2017, Stand E280A, where uTalk will also be launching this year’s Junior Language Challenge. This national competition gives Primary school children an exciting insight into language learning, with a prize of a family holiday to Africa for the champion. Over 1,000 children took part in last year’s competition, raising more than £5,000 through entry fees for charity onebillion, which supports education in Africa. The winner was Ritisha Baidyaray from Birmingham (pictured above).