Language skills are vital in a world economy that becomes increasingly integrated.
When considering options for corporate language learning, you may be overwhelmed with the number of choices available. You may also be confused about what exactly the terms used to describe the different types of language learning means.
When it comes to corporate language learning, there are four options: face to face, remote, app-based, and blended learning. In this article, we’ll describe exactly what each of those options means, as well as give the positives and negatives of each method.
Face to face: This type of instruction occurs when the learner is face to face, in person, with the teacher.
- Some benefits of face to face learning include being able to concentrate better due to minimal distractions, feeling an increased sense of comfort in a traditional classroom environment, and being able to fully experience the teacher’s posture, body language, and mouth movement, which is helpful when it comes to language learning.
- Meanwhile, a few negatives of face to face learning are having to travel and dealing with conflicting schedules. And because face to face learning requires staying at the office, that extra hour after work can feel stifling and become mundane for employees. Additionally, face to face learning comes with a hefty price tag. Costs average at about $40-$50 per employee per hour of learning. Depending on the company’s specific needs, this number can rise above $150. Finally, because of COVID, many companies have had to abandon the option of face to face learning entirely.
Remote: Remote learning describes a situation in which the learner is learning on an online platform while receiving teacher-led instruction.
- Remote learning offers many of the perks of face to face learning while combating its negatives.It allows the learner to study wherever they would like, its versatility can suit different learning styles, and it still allows for discussion and real-time feedback from the instructor and peers.
- There are a few disadvantages to remote learning, including the fact that it may be difficult for some to stay motivated throughout the course, as it can be easy to feel invisible behind a computer or phone.
App-based: App-based learning is entirely learner-driven. There is no human teacher instructing the course. Rather, the learner is acquiring languages skills independently.
- App-based learning allows the learner to move completely at their own pace and learn wherever they would like to learn, whether that be from the comfort of their living room or on the commute to work. There is a great advantage to using up to date, responsive technology, particularly compared to its alternative–textbooks.
- While learning on the app, it can be easy for the learner to feel isolated and lacking support. Also, because app-based learning is entirely learner-driven, self-discipline becomes more important. Furthermore, implementing e-learning solutions can be complicated, as learners have to learn how to engage with a new piece of technology.
Blended: Blended learning is a combination of the remote and app-based approaches.
- A company may choose a blended approach because they are seeking the benefits of remote learning in conjunction with the benefits of app-based learning. For other companies, a blended approach may be more budget-friendly or be better tailored to their scheduling needs.
- Because a blended approach is tailored to fit a company’s needs, the negatives of this kind of approach should be minimal and will be specific to each unique blend of methods.
At Mondly, we are aware of the unfavorable aspects of app-based learning, and we’re doing our best to combat them. We strive for cost-efficiency, as we grant every single account access to 41 languages. Compared to one on one learning in which one teacher teaches one language, Mondly has a great deal of value. Our app combats a lack of motivation by gamifying learning, offering the latest learning tech, such as chat boxes, speech recognition, and augmented reality, and providing unique daily lessons. These lessons are short and engaging, ranging from 5 to 20 minutes a piece.
From an administrative perspective, Mondly does everything it can to make management seamless. Administrators have access to an admin dashboard in which they can track every employee’s progress, and granting access to your employees to the app takes less than five minutes. Lastly, we provide businesses the option of working with a renowned language school in order to provide blended learning options that includes live video-based lessons with proficient teachers.
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MondlyWORKS has your corporate language learning needs covered. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org today.