Irish start-up Lingle has been won the ‘Language Technology Innovation 2012’ award at a ceremony in Brussels. The honour was presented in front of more than 160 key players of the language technology (LT) industry at the inaugural LT-Innovate Summit.
Lingle is an innovative technology that allows English language teachers to automatically generate exercises, lesson and resource materials from current news articles.
Chief executive of LingleOnline, Ian Butler said the company was pleased to gain recognition as an innovative technology provider. “The award will enable us to take the next step forward in bringing our product to market and we feel confident that LingleOnline will continue to grow,” he says.
A spin out from the National Digital Research Centre (NDRC) incubator programme in 2011, Lingle claims that the use of news articles in the classroom increases learner motivation, exposes learners to more diverse vocabulary and provides content with a general educational value.
The firm recently announced a collaboration with the British Council which will see Lingle’s technology used to generate in-context word lists and vocabulary exercises for language teachers on the Teaching English website.
11 other companies from around Europe with innovative ideas including translation tools, a smart email system and a cloud-based call recording service were recognised at the summit.