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Language Trainers Excites French Enthusiasts at The Language Show in London
For its 31st year, The Language Show was hosted in Olympia London, an exhibition centre in the heart of London, England in November 2019. And for the second year running, the event organizers invited Language Trainers to attend, asking us to share our state-of-the-art language teaching strategies via a series of trial lessons.
Also attending for her second year was Language Trainers’ academic adviser, Mariana Serb:
As this is our second year participating at the event, I was more at ease and could thoroughly enjoy being there without feeling too nervous. The organizers did a very good job in bringing teaching professionals that could share with the audience interesting teaching strategies and activities that help engage language learners, and I greatly enjoyed participating in the seminars.
With Mariana were teachers Carmen Blanco-Olaizola and Marie-Therese Bougard. As well as attending various seminars to discover the language teaching methodologies of other renowned industry experts, each team member delivered a trial session for their respective native language: Romanian, Spanish and French, with the latter proving especially popular!
As one of the world’s most popular languages, more than half of the 50 allocated seats were occupied by the time Marie-Therese started her French taster session just after midday on the Sunday. With no way of knowing who would attend nor their current proficiency of the language, Marie-Therese designed an elementary-level program. After describing a little about the French culture and some interesting facts about the language, she proceeded to engage the audience with questions and exercises. She guided them through learning common greetings and good wishes, pronunciation via a tongue-twister and encouraged attendees to help one another learn new words.
Marie-Therese was especially thrilled at the diversity of her audience: “I enjoyed the challenge to lead a taster class with a mixed group - children and adults, beginners and more advanced - with a common enthusiasm for learning and improving their French.”
She represented Language Trainers proudly. Not only did Marie-Therese effectively complete the French taster session, but she made it engaging, interesting, and personal. These are the key tenants that the teachers at Language Trainers bring to each and every lesson to ensure each class is as productive as possible.
Further, Marie-Therese was not the only team member to represent her native tongue proudly, with the Romanian and Spanish lessons proving equally popular.
The Language Show is an important calendar event for language experts and teachers as it not only showcases the latest learning techniques and innovations, but also it attracts like-minded learners from all walks of life. People who have always had an interest in foreign languages, but have been without the means or encouragement to learn, can discover entire communities are ready and able to support their language objectives. Language Trainers has proudly attended two years in a row now, and we look forward to being invited back: to share our tied-and-tested teaching approach with other experts; and to encourage the next wave of language learners to begin their journey!
Marie-Therese summarized the event perfectly: “The Language Show is a stimulating opportunity to find under one roof polyglots and learners whose interests in languages stem from a huge variety of reasons: work, travel, family, pleasure, family and much more.”
Language Trainers Canada is now in French
We are proud to announce that we have recently launched our website in French for all our French-Canadian and French-speaking audience.
Language Trainers is a global organization with a mission to make language learning as convenient an experience as possible! We teach any language, anywhere, anytime, which includes finding you a local native-speaking tutor in your town or city to teach you lessons at your home, workplace or a mutually agreed public place.
But our intention to encourage more language learners around the world permeates everything we do, including the content of our website. We provide detailed information on the main language courses we teach, our talented trainers and our most frequently asked questions to provide you with as much information about our services as possible. We even offer free language resources to help you get started at home!
But while our website contains a treasure trove of information and tools to get you started learning your next language, we were primarily catering to English speakers by writing the web pages in English. This is something we always intended to rectify for the benefit of more than 7 million French Canadians in Canada; not to mention the millions of French speakers around the world.
Our promise to make language learning convenient extends to providing our website in the native language of our customers, which is why we are delighted to launch the French version of our website!
We hope you will be excited to learn that everything on our English pages has been translated and is now available on the new French version of Language Trainers Canada. We have even assigned our French-speaking staff to handle our clients’ inquiries and look forward to receiving any and all questions about our courses and how we can help you master your next language.
If your native or preferred language is French, then please click here for the French version of Language Trainers Canada.
Language Trainers Brings Romanian to The Language Show
London- From November 9th to 11th Language Trainers had the opportunity to be a part of The Language Show London 2018. This conference brought together some of the best ideas, best practices, and best technologies in language learning today. Language Trainers was honored to share its methods and excited to learn from all the other participants.
Language Trainers sent Academic Advisor and expert teacher Mariana Serb to share its teaching methods and practices with the conference. She took her 30-minute time slot and taught the attendees the ins and outs of basic Romanian. Her challenge was to teach the conference goers how to greet each other in Romanian by the end of a mere half an hour.
“Thirty minutes was short, it was a bit difficult, but it was fun to share some Romanian with the conference” Mariana Serb, Language Trainers Academic Advisor
By the end of that short block, Mariana had successfully taught her students basic greetings and pleasantries, and bid a fond ‘Mulţumesc’ to all her students.
Mariana demonstrated in just thirty minutes in London what Language Trainers teachers do all over the world, every day. She used the latest in education research, combined with innovative teaching methods to expand the knowledge of her students in a fun and interactive way. These methods helped the students learn the basics of Romanian, just as they help students learn languages from Arabic to Zulu.
“ It was exciting to meet so many language providers and passionate language learners at this unique event, and I must say that what I enjoyed the most were the language tasters that I attended.” -Mariana Serb, Language Trainers Academic Advisor.
Language Trainers is proud to be a part of the language teaching community. This community helps bring our world ever closer, speed the integration of markets, and foster understanding among cultures. Conferences such as the Language Show bring together the best minds in the community, and Language Trainers is proud to share our methods.
ISO 9001:2015 Certificate Renewed
Language Trainers has achieved the renewal of our company-wide ISO 9001:2015 quality-management certification, formerly known as ISO 9001:2008, for the provision of language training services to organizations and individuals.
ISO 9001:2015 certification is a globally recognized standard awarded to organizations to help them meet the expectations and needs of their customers. The primary goal of this standard is to improve customer satisfaction for a company by defining the processes needed to meet their customer's requirements. New to the standard are specifications regarding risk and opportunity management that strengthens its use as a governance tool. This makes implementing multiple management systems much quicker and easier, ultimately saving both time and money.
We pride ourselves on the excellent quality and service that we provide and by updating this certification, Language Trainers will continue to strengthen its position within the language education industry.
Client Control Center
Every year, we teach over fifty languages to thousands of language learners in over three hundred cities throughout ten countries. As we continue to grow, we are always working on ways to improve our services with management tools so that every client can get the most out of their lessons. After listening to what our corporate clients really wanted and diligently working for over two years with our IT team, we are proud to present our newest feature, the Language Trainers Client Control Center for HR Departments. We understand how important it is to stay on top of your training administration and here, your HR/Learning and Development departments will be able to do just that. You are now able to monitor each individual employee's progress with instant, real-time reports as they go through their language courses. To learn more information and start getting instant reports for your employees, make sure to go to the Client Control Center and learn how you can take and track your company's language learning to the next level.
Lower Prices for Online Skype Classes
After a reorganization of the way we run our online Skype classes we now offer the options of shorter courses (our minimum course is now only 10 hours) with greatly reduced prices. Our native speaker qualified teachers teach one hour sessions (longer sessions are available on demand) as often as you need at a time that suits your busy schedule. These are ideal for people who need a flexible option who may also need to take classes on the run. With modern 3G internet speeds, many of our clients take their classes on their smartphones when they are not sitting at their desks. Prices start at $US25 per hour for one-to-one and $US17.50 per hour for two-to-one (all prices can be converted into local currency at the prevailing exchange rate) and the Skype connection is completely free.
More information on our Online Language Classes can be found here.
Following on from our vocabulary and grammar level tests which have been in use for 10 years, we are proud to announce the launch of our new listening tests in 15 different languages. The tests are aimed at Elementary level or Intermediate level and combine great content with a very user-friendly interface which makes taking the test a very enjoyable experience. To see which tests are available, please go to our Listening Tests.