We are thrilled to announce that we have received a Phase II SBIR grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences (IES) for $900,000! It is a wonderful validation of the work completed during Phase I and the potential for LoomVue to revolutionize English Language Learning in middle and high schools. We are excited to continue our collaboration with WestEd who will be conducting a full-scale evaluation as part of the Phase II grant.

Check out our video summary of our Phase I work, which also introduces some exciting new priorities for Phase II including a mobile app.


We are excited to give a sneak peak into the updated beta version of LoomVue’s extension that is being tested with teachers and students this week! While currently it is only available to those testing it out as part of our Phase I SBIR grant for the Department of Education, we plan to release a related version of the public in the coming months. The current version has been iteratively updated based on feedback from beta testers, language learning experts, teachers, and students (thanks for the help WestEd!). …


As academics and entrepreneurs, our LoomVue team places a high value on evidence-based research. Creating a language learning product that sells is a necessary, but not sufficient condition for success. We also require that it is an effective way to learn a language as measured by independent and objective evaluators. Fortunately, this goal is shared by educational organizations who have dedicated funds to invest in innovative and evidence-based approaches to learning, such as the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences (IES). …


As discussed in our earlier post, reading is the best way to build your vocabulary in a new language. However, reading texts in a foreign language is extremely difficult when you have a limited vocabulary. This results in a Catch 22 — you need a big enough vocabulary to effectively learn new vocabulary words! To get around this problem, people typically resort to a number of sub-optimal and frustrating approaches to reading a foreign language:

  1. Read simplified Dick and Jane books that use an extremely limited vocabulary. This gets old quick if you’re over the age of 6!
  2. Read more…

Learning a language is a monumental task. It requires mastery of an alphabet, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and even aspects of a culture. While all of these elements are critical, learning enough words to communicate effectively (i.e., vocabulary acquisition) is the most important. As one scholar wrote, “while without grammar very little can be conveyed, without vocabulary nothing can be conveyed” [2].

Fortunately, the human mind is innately designed to learn vocabulary. Consider that native English speaking 12th graders know around 40,000 words, having learned approximately 3,000 words annually — a staggering 8 words per day [1]. While some are explicitly…


Products evolve. Business plans change. And startups pivot. In the end, the people behind an endeavor shape its destiny far more than its current heading. As our team embarks on this exciting journey together, we are excited to leverage our unique strengths, shared values, and common drive to do something exceptional with LoomVue. We’re also anxious to give our early adopters a window into the team and what drives us. Indeed, we see you as a critical extension of our team and hope our relationship will flourish in the years to come. …

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