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Online Language Courses for Professionals Posted by on Feb 11, 2020 in Language News, Product Announcements

If you’re learning a language to pick up the basics or prepare for a vacation, there are tons of options (we’ve got them too!) But what about professionals learning a language to relocate or collaborate with foreign counterparts?

Transparent Language Online now includes a new line of “for Professionals” courses, intended for beginner, intermediate, and advanced learners looking to use the language in their personal and professional lives.

These courses are designed to help learners increase their ability to use the language effectively and appropriately in real-life situations. Each unit features a conversational scenario that facilitates specific, level-appropriate communicative goals. The digital resources in these courses help learners understand and discuss relevant, culturally-specific domains by introducing key words and phrases related to those domains, as well as conversations that exemplify the goals of the unit. The materials increase in complexity from unit to unit, keeping learners motivated while recycling and reinforcing previously learned words and phrases. These courses can be used independently or as an ideal support for classroom learning.

Transparent Language Online for Professionals

What languages are available?

The “for Professionals” courses are currently available in Modern Standard Arabic, German, Indonesian, and Italian, with more languages (and more levels of existing languages) expected in 2020! Materials vary by language and level, as shown in the chart below:

LanguageCourse LevelProficiency LevelContents
Arabic (Modern Standard)BeginnerILR 0-1,
ACTFL Novice Low-Intermediate Mid, CEFR A1-A2
62 hours of learning materials
18 units containing a total of 2,350 vocab items (reading lessons coming in April)

Covers topics including: greetings, asking questions, exchanging contact info, transporation, dos and don’ts in Arab culture, and more
GermanBeginnerILR 0-1,
ACTFL Novice Low-Intermediate Mid, CEFR A1-A2
103 hours of online learning materials
12 units containing 35 reading lessons and 1,897 vocab items

Covers topics including: introductions, German housing, holidays and traditions, modes of transporation, job qualifications, and more

Lesson Plans and Scope and Sequence provided for each unit
IntermediateILR 1-2,
ACTFL Intermediate Mid-Advanced Mid, CEFR A2-B2
88 hours of online learning materials
11 units containing 31 reading lessons and 1,785 vocab items

Covers topics including: German fairy tales, government and politics, immigration, making comparisons, stating opinions, and more

Lesson Plans and Scope and Sequence provided for each unit
AdvancedILR 2+-3,
ACTFL Advanced High-Superior, CEFR B2-C1
60 hours of learning materials
10 units containing 1,919 vocab items and 13 reading lessons

Covers topics including: describing appearance and demeanor, public health, foreign policy, making inferences, persuasion, and more

Lesson Plans and Scope and Sequence provided for each unit
IndonesianBeginnerILR 0-1,
ACTFL Novice Low-Intermediate Mid, CEFR A1-A2
46 hours of online learning materials
12 units containing 1386 vocab items

Covers topics including: greetings, etiquette, days and dates, characteristics of Indonesians, sending email invitations, and more

Scope and Sequence provided for each unit
IntermediateILR 1-1+,
ACTFL Intermediate Mid-Intermediate High, CEFR B1
20 hours of online learning materials
5 units containing 536 vocab items

Covers topics including: setting up meetings, travel, transporation, holiday traditions in Indonesian, healthcare, and more

Scope and Sequence provided for each unit
ItalianBeginnerILR 0-1,
ACTFL Novice Low-Intermediate Mid, CEFR A1-A2
43 Hours of online learning materials
9 units, containing 1,653 vocab items (reading lessons coming in 2020)

Covers topics including: greetings, family, negative and positive qualities, electronics, reflexive verbs, and more
IntermediateILR 1-2,
ACTFL Intermediate Mid-Advanced Mid, CEFR A2-B2
60 Hours of online learning materials
13 units containing 2,300 vocab items (reading lessons coming in 2020)

Covers topics including: healthcare, making appointments, planning travel, social and political issues, environment, sustainability, and more

What do these courses contain?

Most levels include a mix of vocabulary and reading lessons.

  • Vocabulary lessons are 30-minute vocab-focused workouts that directly support the unit’s communicative goals. Learners will practice key words and phrases in a variety of game-like activities that drive memorization.Transparent Language Online for Professionals Vocab
  • Reading lessons are 60-minute language workouts based around a natural conversation that models the speaking objectives and key vocabulary for each unit to facilitate comprehension.Transparent Language Online for Professionals Reading

For instructors using this course with their students, many lessons include a Scope and Sequence and a Lesson Plan.

Transparent Language Online for Professionals Lesson Plan

  • The Scope and Sequence is an overview of the learning materials available on Transparent Language Online, topics for further study, and learning goals aligning with each unit.
  • The Lesson Plans provide a more detailed outline of each unit’s purpose, key concepts, and suggested in-class schedule, as well as communicative and task- based peer activities that incorporate and use the unit’s online components.

 

Interested in learning or instructing with our new “for Professionals” courses? Sign up for the free trial or log in to your Transparent Language Online account to access these courses today!

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Meaghan is the Marketing Communications Manager at Transparent Language.


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