Growing together: Linguarama Celebrates 25 years in Turin

by Linguarama 22. December 2015 06:22

For some it may seem like yesterday, but this year Linguarama Turin is celebrating 25 years of providing quality English training to the good people and industries of Turin.  Started from scratch in 1990 – the same year as Turin hosted the World Cup – the school has moved premises since the first location, but has retained some of the original team of committed, dedicated staff.  Most notably the Centre Manager Cristina Fiderio who opened the original school and has been instrumental to its continued success.

‘I remember clearly the year we opened the school, the city was full of international football supporters.  Hosting the Olympics and then the World Cup was a real turning point for Turin which has since gone from strength to strength to becoming an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy.  And I feel that at the same time Linguarama Turin has grown alongside the city to become a well-known and respected training centre.’

Withstanding the economic highs and lows of the last 25 years Linguarama Turin has built a solid reputation, mostly by word of mouth, by offering quality teaching, flexibility and excellent learning support with easy access to up-to-date course information.  ‘We look after our customers; and the training officers really appreciate the fact that they can access invoices, lessons, feedback, and attendance through our unique on-line School Management System.’

The flexible individual courses have proven to be the most popular course option of Linguarama Turin’s portfolio.  Cathy Ryland, the Director of Studies since 2003, manages the teaching team who regularly travel to locations around the city to deliver the courses in-company.  Linguarama Turin has a wide client base and is a major supplier for FIAT, which since becoming part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has found, like many international businesses, that English has become an integral part of their future success.  And if the past 25 years is anything to go by, Linguarama Turin is the ideal training partner to help achieve this goal.

Many congratulations to the team at Linguarama Turin!

 

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Demand for Company Specific English Training Courses on the Rise in UK Schools

by Linguarama 13. November 2015 09:23

Cheney Court has seen a rise in the number of clients requesting company specific courses, which combine the teaching of business skills in English while incorporating company specific objectives.

More and more companies see the advantages of using English training as a platform to develop employees’ knowledge of the company, its culture, or to improve their internal communication across countries and between departments. ’ reports Cheney Court Centre Manager James Davis


An international insurance company committed to better integration of its foreign subsidiaries felt that bringing people together and developing their use of English would help to foster an information sharing environment, ensure quality problem solving and create more cohesion within the organisation.   Locating the course at Cheney Court, Linguarama’s unique residential training centre where students enjoy comfortable en suite accommodation and high quality food on one site, provided an ideal location for department heads to network and exchange ideas outside of the course.  

 

The intensive 3 day course covered essential language and skills for meetings and presentations in addition to teambuilding activities.  The programme was adapted to include job specific language and to reflect standard company best practice.  The UK CEO joined the group one afternoon to present to course participants and answer questions about company activities, strategy and corporate culture. 
As with all of marcus evans Linguarama courses, the emphasis was on practical usage. Roleplays followed by comprehensive feedback, gave participants confidence to put new skills into practice.


Participants felt the course was effective and very useful for daily work delivered by excellent teachers.  Significantly they also acquired valuable insight into the way their company and colleagues work that wouldn't otherwise have been possible. Spending time together undoubtedly gave them more confidence to initiate contact and encourage dialogue now they are back in their everyday work. 
For more information on company specific courses, please contact:
James Davis
jamesdavis@linguarama.com

 

 

 

 

 

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marcus evans gifts bicycles to Vietnamese children to help break poverty cycle

by Linguarama 6. October 2015 03:45

Studies have shown that providing transportation can dramatically increase the income for families in developing countries who live outside of urban areas.  Without transportation many children living in these rural villages cannot go to school.  

Commonly schools are located too far away for children to walk and they do not have the means to pay for public transport.  This contributes to a cycle of poverty and prevents children using education as a way to break this cycle.   The bicycle, with its low-cost /high benefit ratio, is one of the best means to eliminate poverty.   For children, in particular, a bicycle can offer the chance to access and continue education.   The returns are substantial and it can increase in the percentage of children who complete their schooling to as much as 88% compared to the national average of 60%.

CHRISTINA NOBLE CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION decided to act on these findings and start the Bicycle Support Programme in 2004 in Mekong Delta, Vietnam. The programme donates bicycles to children who are over eight years old, live at least 2km away from their schools and whose families are in financial difficulties.

Christina Noble Children's Foundation explains "the cost of a bicycle is normally too expensive for poor families, so children are left with no alternative other than to walk to school or to spend the family's, very limited, income on bus fares. For those who have to walk, the distance and the extreme elements (scorching sun in the dry season or pouring rain in the rainy season) often result in them arriving late for class or worse still being forced to drop out of school altogether. Our simple solution has been to provide families in need with a bicycle and safety helmet."

The marcus evans  group,  the parent company of Linguarama,  has collaborated with the Bicycle Support Programme and has provided bicycles for these children giving them the opportunity to have some autonomy in their daily lives and claim their right to education. The bicycle kit consists of a quality bicycle and two safety helmets. Every recipient receives basic training about bicycle maintenance and safety.  In addition, each bike has an extra seat on the back which means two family members can ride together. The anticipated outcome is that by providing children with transport, it will support their educational development and they will eventually find a way out of poverty, not only for themselves but for their entire family.

marcus evans looks forward to continuing this partnership, as well as to supporting other similar effective programmes such as this one in order to contribute to a brighter future for all.  

For further information please contact:
Luzdary Hammad, Press Manager, marcus evans, Summits Division
www.marcusevans.com
Tel: + 357 22 849 385
Email prteam@marcusevansuk.com

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‘Working Across Cultures’ Taster Session

by Linguarama 15. September 2015 09:31

Linguarama London recently welcomed Learning and Development Managers from a range of  industries – including retail, shipping, hospitality and telecommunications - to experience firsthand what we can do to enhance a company’s intercultural communication. This is whether they work with a specific culture or across cultures in international teams.

Linguarama has been providing Cultural training for over 20 years and our clients  usually choose to have this training for one of  several key reasons:


1) to build or manage multi-cultural teams
2) to prepare for a merger or acquisition
3) to foster contact with global clients and contacts
4) to facilitate successful staff relocation


Training at Linguarama is highly interactive and includes a variety of activities - trainer presentation, discussion, self-assessment and awareness-raising exercises. The focus is on practical ways to overcome cultural obstacles in business scenarios specifically relevant to the participants.
The taster session emphasised the fact that, as with any of training at Linguarama, we offer a highly tailored approach. We design the programme around the business areas and cultures that the client needs.


One example given was a course designed for clients from the retail industry which focused on customer service and sales. It included key areas such as:


• building rapport,
• pitching effectively
•  understanding the target consumer’s key values and attitudes. 


Another example was of a British manager who successfully opened a new office in Germany armed with useful techniques for:


• managing teams – what does your team expect of you ?
• giving  presentations – how are they different in Germany?
• communicating effectively with his German staff – how do you  structure key messages ? 

 
Linguarama London has also worked with employees from abroad re-locating to the UK to help them and their families settle in to life here -  both inside and outside the office.
If you are looking to build effective working relationships and maximise your business potential by improving the efficiency with which you and your employees do business in an intercultural environment, please contact Linguarama London for more information.
London@linguarama.com

 

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Linguarama Germany Awarded ISO 9001

by Linguarama 3. July 2015 06:56

 

 

 

 

Top quality Quality Management at Linguarama 

Congratulations to our German training centres who have been awarded ISO 9001 for the high standard of our Continuous Quality Management Development!

What does that mean for our customers and stakeholders?
By conforming to ISO International Standards you can be assured that we:


• are committed to the quality of our training 
• meet the needs of our customers
• have reliable and consistent services 
• look for continuous improvement in the way we work
• provide high quality customer service
• offer good value for money
• have excellent levels of customer satisfaction


The ISO 9001 certification complements the other internal and external quality tools already in place within Linguarama Germany.   It puts into place processes of best practice and ways of improving in all areas which have already positively impacted the organisation group wide.


Praise was especially given to Linguarama’s on-line School Management System, SMS.   This user friendly platform ensures that stakeholders are able to access all relevant information ‘anyplace any time’.  This means that both students and company training officers can obtain course information easily and securely.


The independent audit also ensures that the Linguarama product - our outstanding training - is relevant, and needs-based, while our materials are appropriate and our trainers top quality.


Once again, well done to our German colleague for their success!    More proof that Linguarama consistently provides the best possible training and services for our clients.

 

 

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English for PAs and Secretaries in Shanghai

by Linguarama 19. May 2015 12:21

Helping to open the door of opportunity for PAs and Secretaries in Shanghai!

Steve Lowe, Manager of Linguarama Stratford, reports back from two weeks in Shanghai helping PAs and Secretaries improve their career opportunities by developing new skills in English.

The sheer size of Shanghai is staggering. With over 30 million inhabitants, competition for jobs is tough and demand for Personal Assistants/Secretaries who can communicate effectively in English is high. So Linguarama was asked to run several courses in Shanghai last month targeting this pivotal role. 

As a result I found myself on a plane to this dynamic and fascinating city looking forward to a new experience. A real Englishman in Shanghai, I was not always sure of what I was eating or where I was going, but considering it is 4 X the size of London it is remarkably very well-organised.  Some of the highways make Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham seem insignificant!

The students were a pleasure to teach; open and welcoming.  Participants came from sectors such as Banking, Pharmaceutical, Engineering and Hospitality.

They appreciated the international perspective of a native English trainer, up-to-date with current business trends. They also greatly valued the quality of the training, especially the Linguarama way which uses a needs-driven hands-on approach with frequent practical language feedback. This maximizes progress and the students were happy to be leaving with a tool-kit of language that they could put into immediate use to:

• screen phone calls, enquiries and requests, and handle them when appropriate;
• meet and greet visitors at all levels of seniority;
• organise and make appointments;
• deal with incoming email, and post, often corresponding on behalf of the manager;
• organise and attend meetings to take notes 
• liaise with clients, suppliers and other staff


I found a little spare time to view the city of Shanghai from the iconic Pearl Tower which has amazing views of all the surrounding buildings, the river and the cityscape. A walk along the Bund, which is the famous promenade along the Huangpu River, will bring you to the traditional area of Pudong, now a vibrant business area and home to the Shanghai Stock Exchange.


Reflecting back on my experience in China I can see that on a business level Shanghai is full of potential for those PAs and Secretaries who wish to broaden their English knowledge. And I leave with the satisfaction of knowing that after a Linguarama Course, these participants are well-equipped to provide effective support to the senior management and directorial staff of the ever increasingly international companies located here.

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Train the Trainer in Angola

by Linguarama 30. January 2015 03:44

Susie Brady, DOS at Linguarama London,  recounts her experience of delivering a short “Train the Trainer”  course in Angola for Linguarama course for a company outside Luanda.

As somebody who has lived in Africa before, but in Ethiopia, I was very keen to go and see  another country and compare the two.

As always the people were very warm and welcoming and as soon as I arrived it felt like being back home again. I was lucky enough to visit someone’s home to try traditional Angolan food which was great and also got to visit some local restaurants with staff from the company.

The training was very intense. The timetable was from 09.00 until 17.00 – so not much time off during the day either for the participants or for me. I also set the participants some self-study each evening preparing their lessons for the next day’s training practice.

They were all very good speakers of English having studied at University and often in the USA. They had basic teacher training but wanted some new techniques to bring to the classroom. So it was a rewarding experience giving them some new and more communicative techniques to try  - and supporting them while tried out the ideas out with each other and their own students

 

Topics included:

  • Motivation, Acquisition and Learning
  • Continuous Professional Development
  • Internet Resources and blended learning
  • Teaching Specialised Vocabulary


The weekend provided a short break for us all. I had time to visit some interesting sights including the beach, a market for hand carved statues and a new 4 star hotel for an incredible lunch– as well as prepare for the second week.

And it was great to get the feedback from the participants a couple of weeks after the training:

I have noted a lot of improvements in our performances and personally a great deal of improvements in the choice of communicative activities and strategies to use in order to support the learning process. “

I have also become more reflective in my teaching than before. I was absolutely delighted to have  you round for training!”

It always helps when you feel you have made a difference!

Susie Brady

DOS Linguarama London

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Business English Courses

by Linguarama 10. October 2014 10:32

Types of Linguarama Business English Courses:

Individual Tuition
Linguarama teaches a wide range of one-to-one courses. Individual tuition permits the teacher to tailor a course to the specific needs of a particular student. This is attractive to the business person who has a clear and specific work-related language focus. Individual tuition can be organised on an intensive basis (Business Track programmes) or on a less intensive basis.

Intensive individual tuition is often chosen in order to accommodate the business student who cannot attend regular tuition spread over a longer period. It is also useful for a business person who may have to improve his or her level of the language at very short notice (in order to take up a new job, for example).

Business Track
Business Track is the umbrella title for intensive courses available in all languages offered by Linguarama. Business Track courses aim to maximise the learner’s potential to learn by preparing the learner in advance of the course, by helping the learner to develop effective learner strategies during the course, and by helping the learner to continue the learning process after the course.


The core elements of Business Track are:

  • ‘Pre-course task (completed before the course)
  • ‘Course profile (key course objectives)
  • ‘Personal learning plan (completed on an ongoing basis)
  • ‘Learning to learn (input on how to learn more effectively)
  • ‘Integrated personal study (self-study activities as examples of useful post-course learning activities)
  • ‘Progress check (measuring progress at the end of the course)
  • ‘Post-course task (completed and returned to the centre after the course)

Groups
Linguarama also teaches a range of group courses. Many are organised as in-company, “closed”, courses with participants from the same company (average 6 to 8 in a group).
These courses may be taught in house or at the Linguarama centre. Courses are usually organised in modules of three lessons held once or twice weekly. Corporate Language Training

For information on our Language training solutions, please contact us:
Email: webinfo@linguarama.com or call our
Client Services Team on + 44 (0) 20 7614 1900

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Sincere thanks ....

by Linguarama 27. June 2014 07:49

I express my sincere thanks, appreciation and respect to the management of Marcus Evans Linguarama center and to all the staff.

Special thanks and appreciation to the Centre Manager: Mr.Steven Lowe, as well as my teachers: Mrs. ANN & Mr. Mike. I would like to thank: Centre Administrator: Debbie Taylor, Assistant Centre Administrator: Roles Valera, Assistant Director of Studies: Stephen Rawson, for the perfect arrangements of the course.

The benefit, improvement, and assistance were excellent. Everything was organized (facilities of the center- the classes - teaching methods - the Internet - resting place - social programs - accommodation - the spirit of cooperation).

I hope to complete this course in the near future as I believe that improving and mastering the English language cannot be through one course.

I wish you continuous progress and prosperity.

Yours faithfully

ATEF ISMAIL

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British Council Accredited

by Linguarama 2. May 2014 10:50
The British Council inspected and accredited marcus evans Linguarama London. The Accreditation Scheme assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching and welfare.
At Linguarama London, strengths were noted in the areas of staff management, quality assurance, premises and facilities, learning resources, academic management, course design, teaching, care of students and leisure opportunities. The inspection report stated that the organisation met the standards of the Scheme.  

Resources and environment summary
The provision exceeds the section standard. The premises and facilities provide students and staff with a very pleasant professional learning environment. They and the well-developed range of learning resources are strengths.
 
Management summary
The provision meets and, in several areas, exceeds the section standard. The management of the school is very efficient and quick to respond to individual students' needs. Although a few details of publicity require attention, it is generally accurate, comprehensive and raises realistic expectations. Staff management and quality assurance are strengths. 
Course design and implementation
·    Course design is based on the Linguarama Approach set out as ten principles in the trainers' handbook. Essentially, these propose a personalised, learner-centred, communicative approach which is responsive to individual students'  needs and incorporates training in autonomous learning.
·    The overall framework of the different Linguarama programmes is decided centrally and is common to all centres. However, different centres may offer different courses and the content of any individual course is based on the individual student's needs analysis which emerges from his or her pre-course test and interview. As the course progresses, its content may well be adjusted further. For Specialist Group Programmes- for instance English for Chief Financial Officers or English for International Auditors- there is a pre-determined content, but this too is adjusted to the course participants' wants and needs. As well as the core course lessons, usually shared between two trainers, most courses include study periods (IPSs), lunches, lunchtime language activity workshops and an evening social programme from Monday to Friday, again adjusted to students' interests.
·    On Monday mornings, students discuss a proposed lesson-by-lesson programme for the week with their trainer. The agreed final version, adjusted as necessary and approved by the CM or ACM/DoS, then becomes the scheme of work, with a copy to the student.
 
·    There is an emphasis on providing students with study and learning strategies that enable them to learn effectively during and after their course. Students' inductions include learning to learn and continuing learning advice. The IPS is seen as an opportunity to encourage students to develop ways of learning independently.  In lessons, they are given written feedback sheets summarising grammar and new vocabulary, and highlighting any pronunciation needing attention. The trainers'  handbook advises them to review coverage of the last lesson, to have a clear policy agreed with the student on error correction, to encourage note-taking and the transfer of language to the workplace context, and the setting of personal goals. Trainers are also required to introduce their students to the range of self-access resources available on Linguarama Connect, and may set them post-course tasks.
·    Courses systematically include strategies to ensure students practise their English outside the classroom and benefit linguistically from their stay in London. There is strong encouragement to use only English in the school; students' daily reviews includes discussion on how they spent the previous evening; homestays offering opportunities for conversation are available for those who want them; there are lunchtime activities or lunches with   trainers; and the social programme offers a daily evening event.
Contact us if you’re interested in the full British Council report or if you’d like to book your language training place:
Tel: 00 44 (0) 1225 745 552 
Mail: webinfo@linguarama.com
 
 

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