Leveraging artificial intelligence to help Chinese students overcome obstacle of TOEFL speaking test through real-time diagnose and feedback.
Native Intelligibility: Helps Test-Oriented Chinese Students Learn to Speak TOEFL
Leveraging English Teachers empowered by machine learning technology, Native Intelligibility is led by a team of experts from MIT and Harvard to make teaching and learning TOEFL-speaking easier for the Chinese-born. Our software provides auditory and visual feedback generated by AI to support students to identify their problems and get immediate feedback, while assisting teachers to improve their teaching efficiency with a better understanding of their students’ challenges and progress.
Research shows that most Chinese students identify speaking test as their biggest challenge in TOEFL. Even with all the emphasis in English learning in school and in professional life, a significant portion of Chinese people struggle with pronunciation. Current speaking courses are test-oriented, non-individualized with no focus on confidence building. Students usually have wrong pronunciation, inappropriate vocabulary, and slow reaction. Chinese English is not intelligible to Americans.
We provide AI software for aspiring Chinese foreign students to ace TOEFL-speaking tests. It encourages Chinese to speak without fear, records mistakes without interrupting. It provides auditory and visual feedback, from native English teachers empowered by machine learning technology. By talking to our Native Intelligibility software, students identify their problem in English speaking and get immediate feedback, which also help teachers track the progress and challenges of their students.
Native Intelligibility: How we help Chinese Students with TOEFL-speaking and why it is very important
400K Chinese students coming to study in USA each year, $150/student: 400,000 * $150/student = $60M TAM. In year 5, we reach the Gaokao population of 10m students/year with specialized focus on grading of English essays priced at $100. for a TAM $1B.
We empower Chinese students ace TOEFL speaking in their maximum efficiency. We help teachers make best use of their time and knowledge with AI assistance; We support Chinese TOEFL service providers boost their performance with technology solution.
Existing competitors focus on reading and written English, not on English meaning-based communication. Chinese-born struggle with timely word choice and clear pronunciation. They want to be understood and respected, and our software provides that.
Native Intelligibility enables Chinese students to score in the top quartile of the TOEFL-Speaking exam. So that wealthy Chinese parents become able to enroll their deeply loved children in expensive top-tier US universities. These children broaden cultural horizons making them valuable in China to work in export companies. English language skills make them viewed as individuals in Chinese society. Specialty foreign knowledge provides status among their peers. This is how to succeed in China.
Native Intelligibility Artificial Intelligence engine provides immediate affordable personalized feedback with expertise of American-born native English Teachers near your time zone. So that Native Intelligibility provides personalized TOEFL-English speaking tutoring leveraging native US English expertise. Thus enabling Chinese-born students aspiring to study abroad to ace TOEFL-Speech exam.
Native Intelligibility: How Many Chinese Seek to Learn English
- 300m Chinese people seek to learn English.
- 70% of demand for Native English teachers is unmet with 70k English Teaching jobs unfilled.
- New Oriental has over 2.5m students.
- Wall Street English has over 66k students.
- 51Talk has over 50k paid users.
Maybe not “billions and billions,” but enough to build Native Intelligibility to a billion dollars in revenue in a decade.
Native Intelligibility: Our Team
Native Intelligibility: I come from China and I’m a first-year graduate student at Harvard University
My name is Shengnan. I come from China and I’m a first-year graduate student at Harvard University. When I applied to Harvard University for the first time, I had a high GPA and a great resume, but I was rejected because although my overall TOEFL score was high, my speaking score was “below their minimum requirement.” So, I had to spend another year to prepare TOEFL speaking, going to TOEFL classes and traveled to the US to improve my English speaking skills, which cost me $6000 and an extra year.
Because of the way English is taught in China, I am only one example of the 328,547 Chinese students who fear rejection and thus must spend substantial money preparing for the TOEFL-speaking exam because of the systemic failure of traditional TOEFL-speaking teaching in China.
Now we have found the solution!
Native Intelligibility: Leveraging Native English Teachers empowered by machine learning technology
Native Intelligibility is artificial intelligence software for aspiring Chinese foreign students to ace TOEFL-speaking tests. Leveraging Native English Teachers empowered by machine learning technology, Native Intelligibility encourages Chinese to speak without fear, records mistakes without interrupting, provides auditory and visual feedback, from Native English Teachers. So, through learning with us, students can talk to our expert-designed software, identify their problems, challenges, in English speaking and get immediate feedback on how to improve.
Most importantly, it is much more cost-efficient than going to TOEFL classes with non-native speakers or traveling all the way to the US to just to experience a native English environment. With only 10% of the cost of the traditional ways, Native Intelligibility can help the over 300 thousand Chinese students who come to the US every year ace TOEFL-speaking in a more affordable and convenient way.
Native Intelligibility: Our team’s talent is drawn from Stanford, Harvard and MIT
Our team’s talent is drawn from Stanford, Harvard and MIT, together with over two decades of experience transforming the lives of Chinese-born students. Led by a native of Silicon Valley who created innovative software at Oracle Corporation for half a decade.
Empowering our teachers through machine learning, within 5 years Native Intelligibility targets to ensure that our teachers are twice as efficient as unaided experts. Native Intelligibility Corporation is poised to become a dominant player in the Chinese TOEFL preparation market over four years serving over 50,000 annually paid users, 2.5m teacher hours provided annually, with a potential revenues of $100m over five years, and revenues of $1b in a decade.
Native Intelligibility: Seeking Interns
As our business of Native Intelligibility China Corporation continues to grow, we need more interns.
Interns learn in a project-based hands-on manner with direct guidance from a senior management team member.
Interns here find they have better educational experiences here than at large companies. Projects assigned to interns are meaningful to the interns, to our company and to the language-learning community at large. Our interns work at the cutting edge of this technology. We believe that mixed gender teams are more productive.
We seek bilingual and bicultural graduate students. Some great candidates have a background in linguistics and/or language learning before pivoting to their current passion from the list below.
For full-time work, we can sponsor your H1-b visa and have arrangements in place to eventually serve as your sponsor for green card in case of excellent fit & long-term permanent employment.
Native Intelligibility: Computer Science Graduate Students (Undergraduates are also welcome):
- Machine Learning, Computational Linguistics, Data Science, or Speech Recognition (researching & implementing solutions, python, data visualization, prototyping, end-to-end, data cleaning, features)
- User Experience, Interface Design and Implementation, human-centered design
Native Intelligibility: Business Graduate Students (Undergraduates are also welcome):
- Business Development (developing relationships, engaging stakeholders, encouraging use of product)
- Video Marketing (producing video for promotion, marketing, teaching, lead generation)
- Internet/Social Media Marketing (automatically generating leads over the Internet)
Native Intelligibility: Linguists/Humanities Graduate Students with interest in ESL/English-Language-Learning (Undergraduates also):
- Linguistics expertise in patterns of stress and intonation
- Curriculum Development (teaching ESL/ELL using 21st century tools)
- Identification of Unmet Market Needs and Upcoming Educational Technology or Policy Trends
- Revising/Polishing a Textbook Explaining our innovative ESL/ELL Concepts to ESL Teachers
- Animation, Illustration, Graphic Art — e.g. Illustrations explaining how to use website & why to use
A minimum commitment of 8-12 hours per week is required. Days are flexible depending on student schedule and internship manager needs.
Our team is striving for true inclusion, since we know what it’s like to be underrepresented in tech. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.
Even if you don’t see a position that feels like an exact match, we’d love to hear from you!
If you are a high-performing person who wants to join a diverse, inclusive team and use your skills to make a real impact in people’s lives, we invite you to apply to join our Cambridge MA-based team.