Consider this fairly common scenario: an employee (in this case, a New Zealand government official) finds out his next assignment will take him from New Zealand to China. His whole career trajectory has likely led him to this point, and he has mastered all of the necessary skills to be successful in his new position… except one: speaking Mandarin Chinese.
In an increasingly globalized world, businesses and organizations in nearly every field need to operate in multiple languages. Finding and recruiting experts in a particular field who also happen to possess the required language capabilities can pose a major problem for employers. We understand this challenge, and that is why we offer our Transparent Connect™ service to organizations around the globe. With Transparent Connect™, it is now quick and efficient to train existing employees in the desired language(s) your organization needs, eliminating the search for the proverbial needle in the job hunter haystack. This means our highly-qualified friend from New Zealand can forge ahead with his position in China after all.
Corporate organizations can now choose from three powerful online language training programs to meet the needs of the company and each individual employee – regardless of language background or skill level.
Transparent Connect™ ACT Basic
The Accelerated Core Tutoring (ACT) Basic program organizes learners into level-based cohorts. Groups of 10 to 40 learners of the same general proficiency level step through the weekly guided program together, but every student will receive a customized lesson plan that supports their proficiency goals. A professionally-trained instructor will create a custom lesson in Transparent Language Online each week, which students are expected to complete prior to attending the weekly lecture (or watching a weekly lecture video, for the busy bees among us).
Students can expect to spend 4 or 5 hours a week completing this independent learning in addition to attending a 1-hour open house session for conversation practice. Want to know what your employees have been up to? Don’t worry – we also provide reports to help you monitor their progress.
Transparent Connect™ ACT Premier
The ACT Premier program includes all of the Basic program components, but also offers students more one-on-one time with the instructor. Cohort sizes are reduced to only 5 to 15 learners, all of whom will receive a weekly individual tutoring session lasting 30 minutes. This option is ideal for employees who need to complete more structured, task-based activities with their instructor to gain immediate, targeted feedback in real time.
Transparent Connect™ Capstone
Need a few of your employees to get rigorous, one-on-one training or make a massive leap in their language proficiency? We have a solution for that, too. The Capstone program is a highly-individualized 16-week online course that is best suited for learners with more advanced proficiency goals. Each week, students can expect to spend 3 hours completing customized Transparent Language Online lessons in preparation for a 1-hour live session with their instructor in our virtual classroom. This exclusive access to the instructor will emphasize speaking and listening skills. Upon completing the Capstone course, students will receive a completion certificate, along with an e-portfolio with lesson plans, follow up reports, and more.
We put this rigorous training to the test with our friend from New Zealand who we mentioned earlier (yes—he’s real!*) At the beginning of his Capstone course, the student was able to say only a few simple words in Mandarin. After logging more than 60 hours between independent study in Transparent Language Online and private sessions with his instructor, he achieved high enough proficiency to survive daily life in Taipei. According to his instructor, the student demonstrated “excellent pronunciation and mastery of a wide range of vocabulary and grammar,” relating to arrival and departure, discussing time and dates, navigating a city, opening a bank account, recognizing Taiwanese money, shopping, asking questions, using polite speech, and beyond.
His tutor wasn’t the only one singing praises. When asked his opinion of the Capstone experience, the student responded:
“I found the online content a fantastic resource […] I am sure that if the work is put in the results will come. I found the online tutor exceptionally good and prepared to try new ways to enhance the learning experience. The strengths of this programme are:
– Ability to learn in your own time and when you have time
– Richness of content and breadth of learning exercises
– Quality of tutor – in my case exceptional and willing to go the extra mile
– Support was fast and willing to help.”
We understand the importance of language skills in the corporate world. If you’re ready to equip your employees with those skills, fill in this quick form to learn more and get started.
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*Details have been altered slightly for anonymity, but this story is representative of an actual Capstone student.