Language Learning and Cultural Training
Doing business in another country? Relocating to another culture? Simply want to expand your horizons? Our language learning and cultural training services can make it happen, wherever you are and regardless of your current knowledge level. We take a pragmatic approach, giving you the ability to communicate in another language while respecting and understanding their cultural norms.
On-site or Remote? We provide flexible options for learning
We can arrange on-on-ones with a native speaking language coach, set up on-site group learning, or arrange a remote instructor to work with you. The goal is to develop a natural familiarity with the language that works now and improves over time. Cultural training is particularly necessary for those being relocated to an unfamiliar culture or international assignees learning to navigate their new locale.
Our Approach to Language Learning
Our language instructors—who are located across the globe—are results-oriented, dynamic, and motivated. All of our instructors hold advanced degrees and are native speakers of the target language. We use a wide range of up-to-date learning tools, which we select according to individual client’s needs, language level, and learning style.
A Personalized Experience
To ensure you get the most out of your language-learning experience, we develop programs that incorporate your individual goals and needs. You will receive the following with every Language Intelligence program:
We will consider your motivations for learning your language of choice, the specific topics you want to target, your personal interests, and your timeline for accomplishing the goals through our in-depth interview.
We will evaluate your proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and pronunciation. Evaluations are based on the Language Intelligence levels of proficiency.
Using the Needs Analysis and the Proficiency Evaluation, we will work together with you to develop a schedule and curriculum that meets your needs and goals. We will then recommend a program option that is most suitable for you.
Monitoring your success is crucial for language learning. Your program will include a summary, checklist for improvements, and measurable objectives to help you focus on opportunities for continued skill development.
Culture Training: Helping You Acclimate to Another Culture
The cultures people grow up and live in shape the ways they see the world. People use different gestures and forms of body language to communicate, and they hold different beliefs about how relationships, leadership, and decision-making should best be approached. Although people may use the same language to communicate with each other, the associations to the words or concepts they discuss may not be mutually shared by speakers. With the help of our culture training programs, your expats and cross-cultural teams will be well equipped to understand their own as well as their colleagues’ perceptions of the world, allowing for cross-cultural communication to flourish.
Language Intelligence has more than two decades of experience providing culture training to business and technical professionals. The two primary groups we provide this service to are expats and cross-cultural teams.
Employees who understand the nuances of the cultures in which they’ll be living during their international assignments will be more successful in fulfilling their duties abroad. After going through a culture training program such as ours, your employees and their families will feel more at home and more confident in navigating the cultural differences they experience.
If you or your employees work in international teams—collaborating between and communicating with your company’s various offices around the globe—then you may have seen miscommunications arise that had a negative impact on your business or team morale. While it might be tempting to assume that language is the root of the issue, it often goes much deeper. Our culture training programs help you understand your international team members better by giving you insight into their cultural values, associations, and perceptions, thereby allowing for more fruitful collaboration.
The training programs last either a half day, a full day, or several days. They are intended for managers who transfer overseas or who travel on business, as well as for professionals who work with foreign colleagues on a regular basis. Our trainers are cross-cultural experts with broad international business experience. Language Intelligence programs can be designed for individuals, couples, or groups.
Our cross-cultural programs can start with a brief history of a given culture and its institutions. From there you’ll learn some of the more prevalent cultural differences in detail, in addition to the impact those differences have on communication. The focus of the third phase is practical. Here we use interactive exercises to practice your newly acquired skills and knowledge and receive feedback from your instructor.
Even if you don’t have time to learn the language—which would help you understand the people you work with even better—developing cross-cultural understanding will give you, your employees, and your teams a competitive edge in our fast-paced, globalized society.