Learning isn’t one size fits all. Your language training company shouldn’t be, either.

 

Since our founding in 2007, CORE Languages has been committed to providing superior language and intercultural training that supports businesses in their development of a global ready workforce. Our difference comes from our backgrounds. Every member of the CORE Languages staff has instruction or expatriation experience. When we come to work each day, we bring our individual passions for learning about other languages and cultures, and our combined knowledge of what works, what doesn’t, and what’s new in our field.

We also recognize that learning is an intrinsically personal experience that isn’t one size fits all. We are proud to be a company that now operates globally. We are equally proud that we have maintained our commitment to individualized service and communication with corporate clients and community students — as well as an abiding compassion for the challenges of expatriation, relocation, and the language learning journey.

This shines through every day in the curricular customization and personalized student-instructor matching that sets us apart, whether we are…

  • Creating a language training program that is scalable and consistent for a client seeking training for associates at multiple international branches;
  • Designing a course focused on cultural sensitivity and business etiquette in corporate meetings for a client whose Chinese associates are preparing to participate in their first board meeting in the United States; or
  • Listening to the concerns of accompanying family members and finding the best possible instructor match for their needs — we’ve paired a pregnant partner with an English teacher who was also experiencing pregnancy, and matched children with instructors who specialize in teaching through play.

We are proud to work with companies who are industry leaders and who recognize the value of providing relevant, thorough language and intercultural training benefits for relocating associates and accompanying family members. We hire instructors who are experienced, dedicated professionals who care deeply about their students and their learning experiences, both in and out of the classroom. We focus on engaging and enriching our students because we know that their success in language and intercultural training improves business outcomes for our clients — and helping our clients maximize their potential in the global arena is at the heart of our mission.

Being data-driven and embracing technology enables CORE Languages to achieve these parallel goals. With more than a decade of experience building and managing corporate language and intercultural training programs, we’ve also seen what works and what doesn’t, and we’re constantly improving to make our training models leaner and more effective.

We know that class attendance is the top — and often the only — metric that most companies look at to evaluate student success. But attendance is a one-dimensional figure that often fails to fully represent the effort and progress of many of our students, who may be high-level employees with demanding schedules. Like our competitors, we monitor attendance at every class session, but we use that information as a starting point, rather than a final assessment. In fact, that’s exactly where our student success platform comes in, allowing us to send targeted messages to students whose attendance data indicates they might need additional support.

Here’s how it works. To better support our students, CORE instructors have developed web-based, interactive content from their language training curricula that students can access outside of class time. If a student is marked in our system as not attending a class that focused on the present perfect tense, the student success platform sends that student an automated message with a link to a corresponding lesson, which can be completed on the student’s own time. The platform also allows us to securely and non-invasively track student engagement with the supplemental course material on our website, so we know if, and how often, students are studying or practicing outside of class. These data points show clients how and when their employees are using their language training benefits, and gives our teachers the ability to make sure students are staying engaged throughout their course.

"Years before founding CORE Languages, I was a German student. My passion for the language and culture was inspired by the fantastic teachers I who taught me throughout years of study. It was always clear to me that they were there not just to teach, but to have their students walk away enriched, with their lives made better and fuller by what they learned.  Their passion inspired me to become a teacher.
When I started teaching, I sought to bring that same energy, dedication, and sense of purpose into my own classrooms. I founded CORE Languages to expand that vision, seeing the growing need for language training options designed to meet the unique needs of business environments.  My goal was and still is to create engagement and energy in the classroom to foster learning, to build a nurturing environment of respect and continued development of our current and future teachers and to constantly improve our services through smart data.
For over a decade, CORE has helped businesses achieve their strategic international goals by empowering employees to learn and find joy in communicating in a new language and cultural context.  With our online instructor-led courses, we now bring this to community members across the globe.
 

It’s a privilege to do what we do and share what we love with you. Together, let’s make “global ready” a reality for your workforce."

-Stephen Sovenyhazy

President and CEO

When you work with CORE Languages, you work with a lean company with global operational functionality and a caring, service-oriented team. We understand that learning isn’t one size fits all.

Let’s work together to find the best fit for your company.

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Working with a teacher, you can practice those topics and zero in on what you really want to learn, instead of searching for terms across multiple vocabulary lists and chapters or lessons. This level of efficient learning is more difficult with apps, although most do have word lookup features, but they are time consuming. Unfortunately, online dictionaries are not built into these apps, but instead, they rely on their own content or tools like Google Translate, which are not ideal in terms of contextualized and authentic language, not to mention difficulties with slang.

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By cultivating a working relationship with an online instructor, it will be an easy and comfortable transition into meeting face-to-face – or continuing online – with your teacher when the crisis is over. You will have already established a good rapport with one another, and, should your schedule change, you always have the option to meet virtually whenever necessary. Need to travel overseas for business? No problem! Your instructor can help prepare you in ways that would be very difficult using apps (e.g. crash course in cultural differences, the area you are traveling to, local slang or dialect, etc.). Does this mean you should cancel your accounts with language learning apps? No, but understanding the strengths of each form of online language learning and how to best use them will ultimately improve your overall experience.

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Online Language Learning: Apps or Live Instructors?


Online language learning



Remote Learning and Why You Will Still Need an Instructor for After the Pandemic

Although there are a number of apps and websites that provide online language learning, such as Babbel, Rosetta Stone, Duolingo, etc., they all have one thing in common: end-users have said that these apps are a temporary fix to help out with their children’s education, but there have not been overwhelming numbers of people who have indicated the remote learning apps they are using are a sufficient replacement for teachers. Despite the large number of people who have been downloading these apps over the past several weeks (up by hundreds of percentage points versus normal, according to this article), there seems to be a reticence about accepting this as the new norm. By contrast, CORE Languages connects you to live instructors, whether online or in-person; due to the pandemic, however, we are only offering online instruction at this time.

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How much is lost in terms of the social impact of learning live with an instructor, whether online or in person? Sure, there are forums and the ability to communicate with other users on certain apps like DuoLingo, but those are peers, not instructors. Maybe the novel corona virus pandemic has laid bare many things that we took for granted: daily interactions, shopping for things whenever we needed them, friendships, attending social and cultural events, but also teachers. Online language learning that includes an instructor is important for several reasons.

Working with a teacher, you can practice those topics and zero in on what you really want to learn, instead of searching for terms across multiple vocabulary lists and chapters or lessons. This level of efficient learning is more difficult with apps, although most do have word lookup features, but they are time consuming. Unfortunately, online dictionaries are not built into these apps, but instead, they rely on their own content or tools like Google Translate, which are not ideal in terms of contextualized and authentic language, not to mention difficulties with slang.

One advantage that apps have is that they offer on-demand learning on mobile platforms. Certainly, you can learn with an instructor using Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. (see my article comparing video chat platforms) on your mobile devices, but the ability to pick up a phone or tablet and just practice or learn whenever you have some downtime is easier with apps. There is something to be said for setting a regular appointment for meeting with your online instructor – accountability is much higher when you are dealing with another person, and you are less likely to get off track and slow down or stop your lessons. This is a distinct advantage of working with a live teacher, as one of the biggest problems with apps is how frequently users quit, despite their convenience factor.

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