Learning another language is a business skill that will strengthen your team in a variety of ways, from developing better communication skills to becoming more thoughtful and inclusive and adept at dealing with a wider audience. In addition to this, it will also help strengthen and improve the career prospects of your individual employees.
When it comes to upskilling your workforce, it is extremely important to make learning programmes flexible and adaptable, so your employees can easily fit their learning journey into their busy lives.
Busuu makes language learning fit around busy schedules and different learning abilities. Our methodology centres around the learning design principles of:
- Spaced learning: short bursts of language learning - little and often and via a variety of methods, including auditory, visual, interactive and didactic techniques
- Microlearning: focusing on one thing at a time, enabling learners to fill any gaps in their learning quicker. This works especially well in our mobile-driven app culture and is very motivational
- Chunking: when 2-5 meaningful chunks of words are practised together
Busuu uses AI technology to enhance language skills in a proactive way by assessing users’ knowledge via a few questions. This will place learners with the correct CEFR level to start their learning journey. The AI can also assess abilities in grammar and vocabulary in order to review and categorise the areas that need improvement, in order to make language learning as easy and accessible as possible.
As well as this incredible AI technology, it’s still important to remember the human element of language learning. If it’s something you’ve opted for, your employees can use credits to access live lessons which can help advance their language skills and fluency through active communication with native speakers. Your employees can book 1:1 slots with teachers, and let them know ahead of the lesson what their level is and what they’re hoping to get from the lesson. This can be anything, from a particular topic to cover or, perhaps to go over an email that’s been written to an international client. Whatever it may be, the live lessons can be used to benefit your employees however they see fit.
With the ability to create a personal study plan, progress can be monitored via personal accounts and certificates gained at each level worked through can be viewed. This section can give a really clear insight into how well study plans are being adhered to.
On Busuu's Management Platform, you can oversee employees' progress to see areas where more work may be required. Employer metrics can also give you a good idea of how you can help employees stick to their study plans. If you notice that a particular employee is stronger when learning via live lessons, rather than via more traditional question-and-answer, summative assessment methods, then you can arrange for more of these lessons to take place.
Here at Busuu, we aim to empower all people through languages, no matter if you're a language novice or a polyglot. With expert-created courses, tailored, individual study plans and AI-powered vocabulary and grammar training and live lessons, accessibility is covered at a variety of levels. Upskill your workforce today by joining our 120m registered users in our global community.
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