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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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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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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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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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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Learning New Words Electronically

by Linguarama 6. January 2012 07:29

 

How do you store the new words and phrases you meet on your language course? Many students write down their new words in a notebook, along with a translation. However, it can be difficult to find the words you record like this, in order to review them. Have you thought about how technology can help? This blog post looks at some of the exciting ways in which language learners can store their new words electronically.

 

Whichever language you are learning, a quick and easy way to get started is to enter your new words on a simple spreadsheet. You can include a column with information about the word, such as whether it is a noun, verb or adjective. A nice feature of a spreadsheet is that you can organise words alphabetically. It is a good idea to include a final column to create a meaningful sentence containing the new word. This personalises the language and helps you remember the new words. In time, you can build up a 'personal dictionary'. Try: google.docs 

 

MyWordBook is a great free app from the British Council, and worth investigating by learners of English. You can add your own new words, a translation, and even import a photograph from your album to illustrate a word. This app allows you to practise the new words through a simple multiple-choice game.

 

Technology can help you store words in 'concept groups' such as: finance, technology, hobbies etc. In the Macmillan English Dictionary app, you can create your own categories, then assign words to them. You can even add a 'note' to a word, allowing you to 'personalise' your electronic dictionary. Of course, you have the added bonus of being able to listen to your new words.

 

Just think about the number of words and phrases you meet every time you listen to the news or read a text. Whichever language you are learning, it pays to be 'systematic' in storing and reviewing vocabulary. Why not make 2012 the year you explore some ways in which technology can help you review your new words?  

 

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