Rather than beginning with an introduction or an assessment on why my opinion matters, I thought it best to begin this blog with a description of my experience, an experience that shaped the development of Lingo LIVE.
Kathe is a Guatemalan. She lives in a small apartment in Guatemala City that she shares with two smiling children, a sleepy dog or two, her husband, and a hodgepodge of outdated yet perfectly functional computers, webcams, and lots and lots of wires. Although she is only in her early 30's, she has experienced a lot and the death of her best friend, her father, left an indelible mark that anyone who knows her well will understand.
Jack Dorsey talks a lot about the Golden Gate Bridge. About how "design is not just visual, design is efficiency. Design is making something simple. Design is epic. Design is making it easy for a user to get from point A to point B." Our mission at Lingo LIVE is to design a system for learning that brings the cultural, educational, and personal fulfillment of one-on-one instruction to millions of students and teachers throughout the world. To bridge the gap between personalized instruction and convenient software, without sacrificing the excellent qualities of either. To figure out, as Salman Khan asks in his book The One World Schoolhouse, "how can we most effectively deploy standardized learning tools without undermining the unique gifts of teachers?"
We intend not to build complex systems and rigid structures but rather a simple forum for communication paired with fair accreditation standards that reward students and teachers alike for a determination to improve. And we begin building with Spanish. If you're interested in meeting one of our Spanish tutors or anyone on our team, click the link below and we'll be in touch soon!