The best way to fully master a language is to start using it as a tool to learn something new, making sense of interesting and challenging content.
Content and form, language and meaning are inseparable. The human mind is hardwired to look for meaning and language is its key tool to construct meaning, to make sense of the world. Unlike every other player on the market, Language & Skills fully appreciates that trainees learn language most effectively when they focus on high-value, meaningful content, rather than the language itself. We simply call it: killing two birds with one stone. Our trainees acquire exciting new knowledge and skills while gaining mastery of the English language.
At the same time, we emphasize active participation and the importance of skills acquired through varied practice and simulation. Our trainees build confidence and boost their effectiveness as communicators by solving complex scenarios and case studies. We embrace the internet and the wealth of content available online. All our workshops and courses make use of authentic online videos, presentations and articles.
First and foremost, language is the tool that people use to exchange views, ideas and information. Shifting objectives in this way enhances the learning experience and broadens the appeal of the training. In globalized, diverse environments, be it business or academia, more and more learners of English reach the B 2 Level of English competence relatively early. Our service is fine-tuned to make the best possible use of this situation. Executives and experts, like researchers or analysts, are typically highly educated, have good working knowledge of English and a keen sense of relevance and efficient use of time.
Where’s the fun?
Learning should be fun, but what is fun about learning? Clearly, it’s not the unconscious process of creating new synaptical connections, but being with other people in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. At L&S we regard fun as a hygiene factor; given the chance people will naturally form bonds and enjoy themselves. Humor, a relaxed atmosphere and respectful treatment are a necessary foundation for optimal learning, but they don’t guarantee an intensive and rewarding learning experience. Hygiene is important, but it’s just one side of the equation; it’s not a motivator.
Designed to suit your needs
Successful adult learning directly addresses learners' needs. Language & Skills takes into account the needs of the trainees and demands of the organization. As a first step, we establish a general framework, in cooperation with our customer's HR unit or training officer. As a second step, we turn to the trainees: They receive a placement test, a questionnaire about their role in the company, and we interview each trainee individually before designing the training. During the needs-analysis, we establish the trainee's current CEF level and agree on a target CEF level with them. Setting a clear, realistic goal is very important in ensuring the trainee's motivation, and makes the result of our work measurable for the client. We create complex and engaging simulations and scenarios based on the challenges our trainees face in their professional environments.
Mastering a language is a marathon, not a sprint. That's why we place great importance on fostering our trainees' ability to become resourceful, independent learners. We use blended learning methods and provide a broad range of material and online exercises for all our courses and workshops. We believe that isn't enough, however; we believe it's essential to spark our trainees' interest, their passion for learning. As true experts, we don't promise miracles, but we know that we can help our trainees to become more effective autonomous learners. Experience shows that successful participation in our trainings builds confidence and motivates trainees, to leave the reservation to explore sophisticated content by themselves.
And what about vocabulary, grammar and mistakes?
Adults learn vocabulary through context and creating connections with familiar ideas; they learn best when learning occurs implicitly. Experiments show that depth of processing is the crucial factor for knowledge retention; reflection, discussion and critical analysis in combination with scenarios and simulations are the best ways to ensure a depth of processing. You remember what you have done and what made you think. Our complex simulations and the extensive text, audio and video material we provide ensure both action and reflection. We don't shy away from correcting mistakes; our trainers notice and note vocabulary or grammatical mistakes, but they don't interrupt the flow with explicit grammar drills. We note and notice mistakes and address them directly at the end, or in separate sessions. We provide online exercises tailor made for every individual trainee.