Vivek Agarwal, CEO, Liqvid
Good teachers can make good students. How are English language labs helping teachers address students’ phobia of language?
The prime benefit of language labs is empowering the teacher. The use of technology allows the teacher to engage learners in a way that is not possible otherwise. In English Edge Language Lab, every student is able to record his own conversation into the tablet. There is no other way any teacher will be able to get 40 students to speak, because of sheer lack of time.
Are these labs addressing the issue?
I expect that there are at least 50,000 private schools that have or will have language lab solutions in the near future. In addition, there are hundreds of thousands of government schools. English is the language of business and a key driver of professional and social success. We will see a billion people learn and speak English in India with these labs.
Please tell us about the adoption of language labs among Indian schools and higher education institutions.
Most schools and institutions do some form of English learning. But now, the use of technology is rapidly spreading. One big driver is the tablets, which have unique benefits when used as a learning device. I expect that tablets will replace computer labs rapidly over the next few years.
What solution do you offer to educational institutions?
English Edge has a great portable language lab solution consisting of tablets and a customised trolley. It is found to be highly effective and a great aid to the teacher.
Please comment on your tie-ups with educational institutions.
Our software and hardware products are being used across the most prestigious institutions like IIT Delhi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Shemford Schools, and Delhi Public School.