When you are running a language training program in your organization, it is unlikely that all your learners will start from the same level of proficiency or have the same goals. Some of your employees might be complete beginners, ready to start learning a language from scratch.
It can be frustrating and difficult for everyone to learn a language. But even more frustrating if the teacher is unable to explain the basics in a language your employees speak. You can probably picture them thinking: “I’m never going to get this”.
Now, what if there was a different approach to teaching a new language when you are a complete beginner? What if the teacher was able to explain the essentials from the start in a more comprehensive way to ease your employees’ journey? Whether they are studying online or face to face, learning a new language as an adult can be intimidating. So having the right approach and support from the start will make or break their learning experience, and your strategic investment.
We had the opportunity to speak to Ella Wardle, one of our 20.000 teachers around the world who has been teaching English to French-speaking professionals for the past 5 years. Ella shares her insights on how to support beginner students throughout their language learning journey as well as the importance of having access to bilingual teachers.
“I am originally from near Manchester, UK where I studied Linguistics and English language. I’ve always been fascinated by how we learn languages and have a deep interest in language acquisition. That’s how I ended up becoming a teacher. A profession I find extremely rewarding. “
“Besides being fluent in English, I also learned French during my 5 years living in Paris (yes, I’ve been in the beginner’s seat too!). Thanks to my second language, I’m now able to teach English not only to intermediate to advanced professionals, but I also support French-speaking learners that are at the beginning stage and need further support to kick-off their learning journey.”
Bilingual teachers, just like Ella, provide the extra comfort and reassurance that beginner learners need.
“I work with many successful professionals from the world’s leading companies which require their employees to learn a new language. Being successful in their work and lives, these professionals still feel vulnerable when learning a language. So enabling that extra support and reassurance during those first steps is key to boost their confidence and motivation.”