At its simplest, the right language training satisfies the needs of all the parties involved. The starting point for many however is not always that helpful. Here are a few of the issues that we‘re confronted with on a regular basis:
- How long does it take to master a language?
- I’ve got an A-level anyway – is it enough?
- I only want conversational language training.
- I never understood the grammatical stuff before. What’s so different now?
- I just need business language skills. Can’t we just focus on that?
After 20+ years delivering language training to business in a number of languages, ranging from Spanish to French, and Arabic to Chinese, we can put together the right course for you and answer most of the questions above. A course that is perfect for the learner, the sponsor and the trainer.
"Could I just mention a quality that we especially value: your sense of fun. The training you provide is always professional, but not at the expense of enjoyment."Renault UK
The past, the present and the future walked into a bar:
A tense atmosphere prevailed…
Enjoying any course is fundamental to its success – foreign language training doesn’t have to be a grind. Amidst this ‘fun’, focused business language training is the order of the day. If time and energy are going to be spent learning the language, then it’s important that everyone buys into the course. The sponsors in turn need to get a positive return on their training spend. They need to know that the training is relevant, meaningful and makes an immediate impact.
We know that the training should have easily recognisable milestones
We use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) so that you can be confident in determining the precise level of training required based on the starting point.
This commonly-used framework has 6 easy-to-use levels
- A1 & A2 = Basic User
- B1 & B2 = Independent User
- C1 & C2 = Proficient User
But more usefully, the Framework has a list of ‘Can-do definitions’ – terms that describe the language learner’s competence in the language at each stage rather than simply their knowledge of vocabulary or grammar. In essence, this is your roadmap of where you are now, where you could get to and in what timeframe.
It all sounds a bit wordy but is in fact a great idea. After all, there’s little point training someone up to the highest level of C2 level if what he or she needs to do is answer the phone and transfer a call.
Our programmes set out precisely what you will cover and are designed to allow your input as to relevance and importance of each area. Equally they show the expected timeframe you’ll do it in.