Our client is a leading British/American visual media content provider. Their global distribution hubs serve 1 million customers in almost every country in the world.
In June 2020, Babel was appointed to work with mixed English-ability French, Spanish, Italian, Turkish and Israeli-native speakers. We designed three levels of classes for Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced speakers of English. They are delivered over three, 15-week terms throughout the year. Each weekly lesson is held on Zoom and lasts 90 minutes.
By October and November 2020, three more groups of Japanese learners based in Tokyo were added, quickly followed in December by colleagues in Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, and Chile.
The aim is to help all these learners express themselves more spontaneously, fluently, and precisely with customers and colleagues. Our experienced tutors focus on preparing more complex business emails, contributing effectively to or leading meetings and presentations, following discussions with only occasional need for clarification and engaging in extended conversations with customers. For the more advanced learners, our tutors cover Sales and Marketing-specific terminology.
At each weekly session, groups of approximately 4-6 learners come together to engage in interactive language activities, participating in group and pair work. Homework tasks are also provided. The learners have consistently demonstrated their willingness to continue learning outside of class and bring useful questions and observations back to training.
The overall structure of the programme follows the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages which means our client can be assured that our courses and reporting are based on a globally accepted assessment system. Each month, we provide Talent & Leadership Development with reporting on the learners including their entry level, proposed exit level, progress, number of lessons taken since the start of their programme and their monthly attendance.
Given the high number of new entrants applying to this successful language programme throughout 2021, our client has now implemented two entry dates during the year. This means that the disruption of new learners potentially joining existing groups is minimised. Importantly, the learners have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to spend time learning with colleagues from other offices who they may not have known and global working relationships have been strengthened.