The approach to teacher selection can make or break your language journey.
If you or your organization are looking for corporate language training, you have probably come across many different providers. Each of these companies has different programs and processes that achieve different learning results. Whether you are looking for in-person or virtual training, one of the most important factors to take into consideration is how a company chooses its instructors. So, how do you figure out what will work best for you? Here are the pros and cons of the two most common approaches to help you decide:
The “Self-serve” Approach
Many new language training companies take a “self-serve” approach to teacher selection. This model allows you to choose your own instructor 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, the price you are willing to pay, or 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 difficult for the student. The learner must gauge what type of teacher and lesson plan will work best for them without some expert guidance.
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 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 in matching students with teachers and use a specific set of criteria including business needs and the learning preferences of each student.
Before being assigned to a teacher, students fill out a questionnaire and are given the option to speak directly to a Client Service Consultant within Global LT to discuss their needs. Past experience along with this information is used to select the best teacher based on the student’s requirements. 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 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 during your search for the right language training company and you and your workforce will be well on your way to language learning success.