Linguarama Business English - Clients' Views

by Linguarama 11. April 2014 04:39

Clients of different nationalities describe their experiences of Business English courses at Linguarama London and explain why the courses are so effective and so enjoyable.

Linguarama Business English Trainers describe their various business backgrounds and how this is used to enhance the students' learning experience.

Our business English courses are:

*Are entirely focused on the student's individual needs.
*Have practical relevance to business and professional life.
*Use constantly updated training materials.
*Are offered in a European network of over 20 centres.

Each year we train people from over 60 countries in more than 25 languages. Providing over 1,000 companies and organisations with total training solutions.

Happy watching!

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Linguarama Cheney Court 1989 to 2014

by Linguarama 4. April 2014 04:12
2014 is a special year for Linguarama Cheney Court. It is 25 years since we welcomed the first student to Linguarama's new residential training centre for business executives.
 

For 25 years Cheney Court
has been providing exclusive, individually tailored and focused training that has allowed our students to vastly improve their English language skills, concentrating on the key functions required in their professional roles.
Students from over 100 different countries, from Albania to Vietnam, Finland to Somaliland, Costa Rica to Japan have immersed themselves in English in the classroom, during the social programme, over a drink in the bar, while exploring the beautiful English countryside.

We have trained MEPs, Presidents, Directors, General Managers, Chief Executives and Managers from over 1700 companies throughout the world and helped them to improve their performance in negotiations, presentations, meetings and board meetings.

We are hugely experienced in providing intensive and effective individual and small group training. As the world has been changing we have provided each year more focused and relevant training programmes. We have continually evolved our teaching approach, our use of resources and our technology.

As 2014 and our 25th year approached we had planned, written and taught over 20,000 weeks of English programmes to our students. Within the timeless residential environment of Cheney Court our courses continue to support professional people to meet their business objectives through use of improved and confident English communication skills.

Book your Business English course today and celebrate 25 years marcus evans Linguarama Cheney Court with us.
 
Contact us today
email: info@linguarama.com
tel: +44 (0) 207 614 1900

www.linguarama.com

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Customer Review by Morten Ladehoff

by Linguarama 14. March 2014 09:13

Thank you Morten Ladehoff for your insightful review! We liked it so much, that we've created a blog post for it.
Hopefully this will help other English students deciding on the most effective way to learn Business English in UK. 

Copenhagen, 17 March 2014
Morten Ladehoff.
NB : I have never written a recommendation, but here I felt that it should be shared with others, and had to devote time to it.

My conclusion is that I give my best recommendation.

I unconditionally give the place, the course, the food and the main purpose of my travel, education and the very professional and passionate teachers, my very best recommendation.

Week 11 / 2014 I have been joining an intensive English course with emphasis on business English in order to meet the requirements many large enterprises request for its employees. I was in a fortunate position that I could choose which company I thought met the demands that was important to me. After a thorough search on the internet I chose Marcus Evans Linguarama. The company has many training centers world wide, but I was in no doubt, that it would be in the UK.

Marcus Evans Linguarame have several placements in the UK but I was looking for a peaceful and beautiful place, so the choice was easy when I saw there was a training location approx. 10 km north / east of Bath. To become acclimated before the start of the course, I chose to fly to Bristol and be there for a few days to mentally be able to press the "reset" button. I could of course have chosen London where there is a private drive to the destination, but as stated, I wanted to be 100% tuned in for the main purpose of the travel.

I contacted the firm and informed them about my desires and expectations, and that I thought the course "Individual Business English training Courses tailored to the specific needs of each Individual" was containing the pecifically I was looking for. I received a web-based test to clarify my level, so that lessons could be finally tailored to me. Already on my arrival Sunday afternoon at Cheney Court, I was overwhelmed by its beauty and idyllic location. I was very kindly received and immediately offered something to eat, even though that there would be served dinner a few hours later. I was shown around the central parts of the castle and again my expectations were surpassed by many miles, including that the original interior was maintained and very well maintained.

Then last I was shown to my room, that was very spacious, tastefully furnished with a bed which in itself was a sleeping pill. The bathroom was large and also tiptop. In order not to make my letter too long and the repetition of the superlatives which I could continue to apply to everything and everyone throughout the whole course I better stop now. My conclusion is that I give my best recommendation. I unconditionally gives the place, the course, the food and the main purpose of my travel, education and the very professional and passionate teachers, my very best recommendation. Even the wi-fi access was fast and worked every day without interruption even once. On my many travels around the world I have never experienced anything like it.

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General

Blended Learning

by Linguarama 14. February 2014 07:39

Blended Learning for Business English

Blended learning is our tailored education program in where students learn in part through face-to-face and virtual classrooms with some element of student control over time, place, path or pace.

Why Blended Learning with Linguarama?
  • You will communicate better in Business situations
  • You will learn key Business English language
  • The course is tailored to your level and needs
  • You can choose when and where you study online
  • You can measure your progress by completing the test at the end of each pathway
 
Linguarama Blended Learning: there are 5 key components to the programme to ensure you learn effectively.

1. Initial Placement Test
The course begins with:
  • A Needs Analysis - to pinpoint your objectives
  • A Placement Test - to establish your level.

2. Online Learning Pathways

Linguarama will recommend the best online pathway for you. This will be related to your Level and to the Business Skills you need.
You can study this pathway whenever and wherever suits you.

3. Virtual Classroom

Face to face training is organised flexibly to match your working schedule. Training can be held at

  • Your office, or
  • A Linguarama Training Centre, or
  • Virtual classroom.

4. Online Tutoring - Webinars

Blended Learning webinars give you the chance to practise English with new people from other companies and other countries.

5. Online Support

Regular emails support you in your selected pathways. Tips and tasks keep you motivated

Effective learning: Throughout the course we help you to develop your skills and to learn more effectively.

If you would like to communicate more effectively in Business English, contact us now to see how we can help you!

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Blended Learning

Cheney Court

by Linguarama 7. February 2014 09:31
Welcome to Cheney Court!
 
Cheney Court provides the setting for the unique Linguarama ‘Residential Concept’ where business and professional people who wish to learn English in the minimum time and with the maximum efficiency can develop the specific language skills they need to communicate more effectively.
 
Combining the amenities of a traditional English Country House with those of an advanced, high technology language centre, Cheney Court creates the ideal ambience in which to absorb not only the language but also the lifestyle and culture of the country.
 
Cheney Court itself – described by Nicholas Pevsner in his definitive book on Great English Houses – is one of the foremost examples of 17th century architecture in the area.
 
Course participants will appreciate the care with which Linguarama have blended the special requirements and high standards of service of a modern Training Centre, such as videoconferencing facilities, with the warm and comfortable atmosphere of a traditional English family home.
In addition Linguarama have provided the social and sporting facilities which help make a stay at Cheney Court so delightful. Both within Cheney Court itself and on the surrounding 11 acre estate, the participant will find amenities such as:
  • a bar
  • all-weather floodlit tennis courts
  • sauna
  • small fitness room
  • snooker and billiards room
 
A superb 30 metre mediaeval Barn which has been converted for use by the training centre.
 
In short, the participant will find at Cheney Court not only the most sophisticated language teaching facilities, but also a complete ‘microcosm’ of English life and culture. All participants enjoy their own en-suite bedroom with private bathroom, direct dial telephone, radio and CD player. All bedrooms and classrooms have Internet access points so that participants can use the Internet for learning and also for keeping in touch with home and office.

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General

Learner Dictionaries

by Linguarama 12. December 2013 11:43

Which dictionary do you use in your language studies? The choice is wide. This post looks at some recent publications – paper-based and online dictionaries (electronic).

Most students own a bi-lingual dictionary. As you progress above intermediate level, you will need a mono-lingual learners’ dictionary. These give you all the definitions in the language you are learning.

The latest English learner’s dictionary to hit the marketplace is The Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary  (CALD) Fourth Edition. This contains a system which shows the words and phrases which learners need at different levels (A1, A2, B1, B2) of the Common

Incidentally, the dictionary link Linguarama Connect goes to Cambridge dictionaries. All the ‘Working with …’ vocabulary videos, which focus on word families, word partnerships etc., show you how to use this website effectively.

Online Language Dictionaries

Do you use an online dictionary on your mobile phone or tablet? These days, new and free dictionary apps are appearing all the time. Although there are hundreds of free dictionary apps, I think it is worth paying for an app, since many reputable dictionaries are based on well-researched lexicography and provide the type of information about words that language learners need.

Here are a couple of dictionary apps worth considering:

  • the Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner’s Dictionary app: you can ‘save’ a word, which is a great feature, allowing you to review it easily
  • the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English app: you can hear recordings of the example sentences and build a list of favourites.

With the rise of technology, I often wonder if students will continue to buy paper-based dictionaries. "No" according to one leading lexicographer, who last year announced that Macmillan would cease publishing its paperback dictionary. "Yes" according to another publisher, saying demand for their paperback dictionaries is as high as ever!

I recommend the online dictionary at www.macmillanenglishdictionary.com to many of my students. It provides a model of each word as an audio file. And it’s free!

Whichever format dictionary you use in your language studies - paperback, CD-ROM, web or app – there’s more choice than ever. It often comes down to personal taste. Whichever you choose, my advice is to keep up to date (recent dictionaries incorporate more new words), use a trusted publisher who base their definitions on research.

And, of course, use technology!

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Learning Tools

Business Presentations with Prezi and Pecha Kucha

by Linguarama 27. December 2012 10:24

Prezi + Pecha Kucha = memorable presentations

Imagine you are from Africa, South America or China. You have to go to a world conference and deliver a presentation using Prezi and Pecha Kucha - and you have to do this in English to 200 people. This blog post describes a recent training course in Beijing delivered by two Linguarama trainers who were working to help a group of 40 young medical professionals from around the globe achieve just that.

Prezi was a new presentation tool for most of the participants so, before the course, they had a chance to visit the Prezi website to familiarise themselves what it offers.
A Prezi provides a huge blank canvas onto which presenters can add text and images. The results can be breath-taking as the presenter sweeps in close to a picture, or text. Take a look at: www.prezi.com

You can set the timer on a Prezi, so that the presentation moves on automatically. This allows you to deliver your talk with the restrictions of a 'Pecha Kucha'. 20 slides with 20 seconds a slide. Every Pecha Kucha lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds, long enough to deliver your key message and make a lasting impression on the audience.

So how can you make a good presentation great? This was question we discussed with the participants in China. You can use various techniques:

  • carefully choose stunning photos and graphics: "a picture paints a thousand words"
  • try to synchronise your spoken words with the key-words which appear on-screen
  • avoid zooming too quickly or randomly, which can induce a feeling of sea-sickness in the audience!

All of us, participants and trainers alike, learnt a lot about the technology, about lay-out and  about re-sizing photographs. However, throughout the presentation skills course, we constantly returned to the three cornerstones of giving a good presentation: accuracy, fluency and effectiveness.

Five days were all we had. It was enough to ensure that the participants identified which area they would benefit most from working on: accuracy, fluency or effectiveness. And in the process, we were able to work together on honing the Prezis to make them memorable!

More and more business presenters are using Prezi. It's a wonderful tool, providing it is combined with a good command of the language, confidence and rhetorical skills.
The result can be a truly powerful presentation.

This course was certainly a memorable experience for all concerned, in an unforgettable setting.

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Enhancing Business Presentations with Technology

by Linguarama 10. April 2012 06:10

Many Business English language learners need to give presentations for work and professional purposes. This blog post looks at some of the techniques and technologies they can use.

Love it or hate it, PowerPoint has been around for over 25 years. The term 'Death by PowerPoint' refers to those endless presentations where the speaker reads through bullet points, or uses the distracting 'bells and whistles' of sound and visual effects. But should we really blame the technology for poor presenting skills?

Two Japanese architects created a new approach to giving effective presentations designed to keep talks concise. It's called Pecha Kucha. Check Wikipedia to find out how to pronounce it. Each presenter has 20 slides which change automatically according to a timer. The timer is set to allow 20 seconds per slide, making all presentations mercifully short at 6 minutes and 40 seconds exactly.

The results can be truly memorable, as the preparation is far more focussed. Presenters are forced to think more about impactful visuals and using 'key words' only, rather than filling the screen with a mass of text. Do you dare try giving a Pecha Kucha?

Prezi is an impressive tool which allows you to break away from the traditional pre-set sequence of your slides. You can zoom in spectacularly on any piece of information within the presentation, whether it is a picture or piece of text. Using PowerPoint encourages us to think in a linear way; with a Prezi, you can jump straight to something as it becomes relevant. That makes it easy to respond to the audience.

The last presenter I saw hooked up his iPad2 to the projector. By using a navigation pane on the left of the screen, he could swipe through his whole presentation and then simply tap to go instantly to the relevant slide.

Even though I like using the technology, memorable presentations draw a lot upon rhetorical skills. The 'tools' can help, but great presenters need confidence, and charisma. That's why so many of the talks you can view at TED.com are impactful and memorable.

That's why Business English students, and learners giving a presentation in their second language, value learning the skills of giving a great presentation. And many of those who are serious about improving their skills take the Linguarama ‘English for Presentations’ course – an intensive 5 day programme designed to help make a significant improvement in Presentations skills.

Oh yes, and the technology can help, too!

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Tweeting: it's not just for the birds

by Linguarama 9. February 2012 05:56

This blog post looks at the Internet phenomenon of Twitter. We've all heard of Twitter. But do you tweet? And why would you? 

Tweets are short messages, under 140 characters, sent from a computer or mobile phone and received by anyone who 'follows' your tweets. The most interesting tweets are often re-tweeted by followers, so messages can sometimes spread round the world very quickly.

Twitter gained publicity as newspapers reported the tweets of people caught in accidents and terrorist attacks; more and more famous people (the president of the USA, Lady Gaga) began to gather thousands of followers.

So how is this new form of communication used in business? Here are four ways:

  1. A CEO announcing something important knows his or her words will be tweeted around the globe faster than journalists can publish the story.
  2. A conference speaker  understands that audience members will be tweeting during the talk to those who cannot attend. These tweets might contain uncomplimentary views about the ideas in the presentation: "Rubbish!" In fact, Tweeters could be having a silent conversation in the room! This is called ‘backchannel’ communication.
  3. Marketing departments  can send a message to thousands. The tweet 'Great product launch!' goes to 1,000 followers. Imagine if each one re-tweets that immediately...!
  4. Employees follow gurus in their field as part of their professional development. Do you follow anyone?

What about Twitter and language learning?

Tweeting is a good example of how fast language (especially 'writing') is changing. Abbreviations are used to squeeze messages into 140 characters,

 e.g.Thnx 4 the RT = thank-you for re-tweeting

Technology often provides 'newer' meanings for words. Think about: follower / to tweet. New words also emerge: twitterverse. How do these words translate in your own language?

So, could tweeting improve your language learning? Maybe. Try following someone who tweets in the language you are studying! Find out what your teacher thinks - perhaps they use Twitter to connect with teachers across the world as part of their own professional development. 

To experience the world of Twitter, open an account for free at: www.twitter.com  

Then, why not follow Linguarama's tweets? 

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Learning on the Go - M-learning

by Linguarama 24. January 2012 03:49

Many business people travel. They spend long hours in hotel rooms, at airports and on trains. We are all under pressure to make the most of our 'caught time' and the current interest in m-learning ('mobile learning') is, therefore, completely understandable. This blog post explores M-learning, sometimes described as learning 'on the go'.

Hardware

What kind of hardware is needed? M-learning can be done using any suitable portable device. ('Portable' is the key word here). This includes: lap-tops and net-books; mobile phones and, of course, Smartphones; mp3 players, such as the ubiquitous iPod; iPads and other tablet computers. The term M-learning can also include a range of other devices, such as electronic translators and e-book readers.

Contexts

It is difficult to tie down M-learning, because it means different things in different contexts. This is not unusual; the same thing happened with terms like 'e-learning'. So, let us take a look at a few common contexts for M-learning in the business English world.

1) You decide to subscribe to a 'push' service which sends you a short text each day to your mobile phone, along with a language exercise

2) You go jogging and listen to an authentic 'podcast' from your own field on your mp3 player

3) You use a translation dictionary on a tablet device to help process the content of a meeting in real time

4) You listen to a graded reader on your iPhone or Kindle; the author reads the e-book while you follow the text on-screen

5) You and your teacher discuss your company website in-class, using your iPad

These situations are very different. The last example takes place in a classroom, for instance.

It's a good idea to think about your own learning situation and the benefits m-learning can offer. You can study 'a little and often'; make good use of 'dead' time. You can work on improving listening and reading skills effectively between classes, and consolidate the work covered in your language lessons.

A good place to start is with some of the useful apps for learning (see: recent blog post on apps). The world of M-learning is very exciting .....and that in itself is motivating!

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