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Immerse Emerges from Stealth to Launch First Ever Virtual Reality Language Tutoring Platform
Immerse is a startup providing the best possible online virtual reality language learning experience to individuals, companies, and schools.

Irvine, California / February 1, 2019 - After 18 months of developing in stealth mode, Immerse announced today the launch of the first ever platform to transform traditional language learning into an immersive, virtual reality experience. Imagine learning English from a real American in a virtual New York City or learning French from a real French person in a virtual Paris. Immerse’s team of PhD linguists and VR engineers use cutting edge technology to engage students in a whole new way. Convinced that the best way to learn a language is to have “real conversations with real people in real places,” Immerse revolutionizes the language learning industry by making this possible for anyone anywhere.

Immerse matches students with certified teachers in a distraction-free virtual environment, allowing them to learn and apply new concepts through interactive role playing and conversation based tasks. Additionally, Immerse’s customizable “Course Management System” allows teachers and administrators to manage students, classes, and curriculum online. ​“I believe Virtual Reality is going to change everything in the next decade, but I am particularly thrilled for educational applications. Learning is most thrilling and effective when it is experiential and immersive,” said Quinn Taber, CEO.​

Research shows that not only do students have more fun learning in VR, but it also boosts retention by 3x-5x. Linguists agree that the best way to learn a language is through a communicative approach that focuses on role-playing and conversations, rather than vocabulary and grammar memorization. Each VR scene helps students feel more immersed and strengthens their ability to recall the target language. When using the software, students are more likely to take risks, inquire, and explore in a realistic, embarrassment-free environment.

“Immerse is the first ever fully immersive language platform, connecting students and tutors in virtual reality. Welcome to the future of online education, where our students are whisked along on the exciting journey of learning a new language. In this world teachers are the adventure guides, inviting students to dive into the culture and have a blast experiencing the language first hand,” added Taber.​

ABOUT
Before his 23rd birthday, Immerse CEO Quinn Taber had traveled to nearly 50 countries. After graduating from Pepperdine University with his B.S. in Economics, he moved to the Middle East to volunteer with refugees from Syria and Iraq. However, he quickly found himself discouraged and disenchanted with traditional language learning. After having taken three years of Arabic in classroom & textbook method, Quinn was running out of time, money, and all hopes for fluency. His circumstances drastically changed when he enrolled in an Arabic immersion program in Jordan that paired him with an old bedouin woman for six hours a day. Astonished by how quickly his language skills improved, Quinn left Jordan with a new vision: to start an online language school that empowers students to learn a new language using an immersive virtual reality platform. Established in 2017, Immerse honed their product by participating in the Wayfinder Incubator in Irvine, USC Edventure Accelerator in Los Angeles, and Praxis Labs in New York. As it expands, Immerse strives to create employment for people in the most vulnerable corners of the globe as language tutors.

Immerse Emerges from Stealth to Launch First Ever Virtual Reality Language Tutoring Platform
Immerse is a startup providing the best possible online virtual reality language learning experience to individuals, companies, and schools.

Irvine, California / February 1, 2019 - After 18 months of developing in stealth mode, Immerse announced today the launch of the first ever platform to transform traditional language learning into an immersive, virtual reality experience. Imagine learning English from a real American in a virtual New York City or learning French from a real French person in a virtual Paris. Immerse’s team of PhD linguists and VR engineers use cutting edge technology to engage students in a whole new way. Convinced that the best way to learn a language is to have “real conversations with real people in real places,” Immerse revolutionizes the language learning industry by making this possible for anyone anywhere.

Immerse matches students with certified teachers in a distraction-free virtual environment, allowing them to learn and apply new concepts through interactive role playing and conversation based tasks. Additionally, Immerse’s customizable “Course Management System” allows teachers and administrators to manage students, classes, and curriculum online. ​“I believe Virtual Reality is going to change everything in the next decade, but I am particularly thrilled for educational applications. Learning is most thrilling and effective when it is experiential and immersive,” said Quinn Taber, CEO.​

Research shows that not only do students have more fun learning in VR, but it also boosts retention by 3x-5x. Linguists agree that the best way to learn a language is through a communicative approach that focuses on role-playing and conversations, rather than vocabulary and grammar memorization. Each VR scene helps students feel more immersed and strengthens their ability to recall the target language. When using the software, students are more likely to take risks, inquire, and explore in a realistic, embarrassment-free environment.

“Immerse is the first ever fully immersive language platform, connecting students and tutors in virtual reality. Welcome to the future of online education, where our students are whisked along on the exciting journey of learning a new language. In this world teachers are the adventure guides, inviting students to dive into the culture and have a blast experiencing the language first hand,” added Taber.​

ABOUT
Before his 23rd birthday, Immerse CEO Quinn Taber had traveled to nearly 50 countries. After graduating from Pepperdine University with his B.S. in Economics, he moved to the Middle East to volunteer with refugees from Syria and Iraq. However, he quickly found himself discouraged and disenchanted with traditional language learning. After having taken three years of Arabic in classroom & textbook method, Quinn was running out of time, money, and all hopes for fluency. His circumstances drastically changed when he enrolled in an Arabic immersion program in Jordan that paired him with an old bedouin woman for six hours a day. Astonished by how quickly his language skills improved, Quinn left Jordan with a new vision: to start an online language school that empowers students to learn a new language using an immersive virtual reality platform. Established in 2017, Immerse honed their product by participating in the Wayfinder Incubator in Irvine, USC Edventure Accelerator in Los Angeles, and Praxis Labs in New York. As it expands, Immerse strives to create employment for people in the most vulnerable corners of the globe as language tutors.

What We Do​
We link trainers and learners in virtual reality environments that foster immersion and accelerate second language acquisition like no other language service on the market.

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About the Founder
Before his 23rd birthday, Immerse CEO Quinn Taber had traveled to nearly 50 countries. Although he was born in France in a bilingual environment, the day he entered the traditional American school system was the day French began to escape him. He rarely had to practice speaking aloud during his language schooling in the U.S., and even his sheltered study abroad trip to Lausanne, Switzerland didn’t provide much opportunity for immersion. After graduating from Pepperdine University with his B.S. in Economics, he moved to the Middle East to volunteer with refugees from Syria and Iraq. Once again, he found himself discouraged and disenchanted with language learning. After having taken three years of Arabic lessons in a classroom both at home and abroad, he was running out of time, money, and all hopes for conversational fluency. Thankfully, his circumstances changed drastically when he enrolled in an Arabic immersion program in Jordan that paired him with an old, bedouin woman six hours a day. Astonished by how quickly his language skills improved just by doing life with this tribal, nomadic people group, Quinn left Jordan with a new vision: to start an online school that empowers students to learn a new language through an immersive virtual reality platform.

About the Company
Our mission is to build the single best virtual ecosystem for language learners to exponentially accelerate immersion, all the while turning language learning back into the adventure it was always meant to be.
We are passionate about delivering enriching educational experiences that foster cultural awareness, a deeper sense of intrinsic motivation, and language proficiency. We believe in empowering students to become global citizens and change agents through language acquisition.

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"February 1, 2019 marks an exciting day in history as Immerse becomes the first company to connect tutors and students in virtual reality, the first gig economy in a virtual environment, and the first full immersion language platform." - Quinn Taber, CEO

"We're turning language learning back into the adventure it was always meant to be. Learning a language is a human experience. When done correctly it is so fun and infinitely more effective."  - Jacob Furnari, CPO

​“Here at Immerse we leverage state-of-the-art technologies to enhance the learning experience unlike any other language company on earth.” - Jonas Alejo, Software Engineer

"Virtual Reality is a technology that, for the first time, allows people living on opposite sides of the world to connect on a truly human level. At Immerse, we are inviting people into a beautifully crafted reality that will  inspire and equip them to achieve fluency in record time." - Dylan Walch, VR Engineer

“If my high school french class had whisked me along to a virtual Paris I guarantee I would be fluent today. Instead the boring text book exercises, flash card cramming, and minimal opportunity to practice conversing means that I can barely put a sentence together today.”  - Quinn Taber, CEO

“Here at Immerse, we hold the belief that our teachers are the backbone of the learning experience. Teachers who join the Immerse family help us shape the future of online education, acting less like lecturers and more like adventure guides, empowering students to learn languages in exciting, real life contexts.” - Rickie Farnes, Director of Teaching  

"We know that the only way to achieve fluency is through immersion. This will finally be possible without needing to pay thousands of dollars in airfare, housing, and schooling. Immerse sends each student their own VR headset allowing them to immerse from the comfort of their own home. How cool is that?"  - Christian Rowe, Sales


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Rickie Farnes
Director of Teaching  
rickie@immerse.online


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