How Do Language Training Companies Choose Instructors?
If you or your organization are looking for corporate language training, you have probably come across a lot of different companies and providers. Each of these providers have different programs and processes, and many achieve different learning results. Whether you are looking for face to face in-person or virtual training, one of the most important factors to take into consideration is the methodology used by each company to choose the right instructor. So, how do you figure out what will work best for you? Here are the pros and cons of some common approaches to help you decide:
The “Self-serve” Approach
Many language training companies take a “self-serve” approach to language learning. This type of company model allows you to choose your own instructor online based on what you feel your needs are and how you feel you would fit. You are given teacher profiles to make your decision based on schedule, price you are willing to pay, and other specific requirements such as your language level. Although this approach is convenient for companies and allows the student a large amount of freedom, it can be very difficult for the learner to gauge exactly what kind of teacher and lesson plan they are looking for without prior experience.
Alternatively, Global LT’s approach to teacher selection for language training is completed internally. Client Service Consultants, who are each familiar with the skills, qualifications, and teaching style of each teacher in their specific region, match students with the teacher that will best fit their needs. These Client Service Consultants have years of experience with matching students with teachers and use a specific set of criteria including business needs, oral communication, written communication, and the learning preferences of each student. Before being assigned to a teacher, students are required to fill out a questionnaire and given the option to speak directly to a Client Service Consultant to discuss their needs. Past experience along with this information is used to select the best teacher based on the students’ needs. This approach takes the pressure off the students to make a significant decision with little experience, yet the opportunity to choose a teacher for themselves is generally limited.
Being aware of the different approaches companies take can help you narrow down your choices a great deal. Educating yourself on the selection process of teachers can also make sure that you choose the best company for your needs. Keep this in mind for your selection process and you will be well on your way to language learning success.