Are you hosting a program in Chicago?

We run customized programs for organizations which need to integrate a language training component into a bigger program. Our area of expertise is spoken English, and each program is designed to match the professional communication needs (e.g., interviews, presentations, meetings) of the program participants. Programs are run either at our Chicago Loop location (73 W. Monroe Street) or on-site in Chicago/the nearby suburbs.

Program options include:

Spoken English Assessments

Initial & final assessments based on real-time performance and recorded speech samples. We initially focus on each speaker's general intelligibility and ask, Do we simply need to adjust to the speaker's English pronunciation or is significant listener effort required? If the latter, we then listen as trained linguists and determine the recommended training priorities. At the end of each program, we conduct a final assessment. Training participants receive detailed feedback with each assessment. .

Global-English Speaking Skills Training

In-person, virtual, and customized training programs. We help demystify the English sound system while keeping it talky-talk practical. We equip our speakers-in-training with the tools, guidance and practice opportunities to help them speak in their clearest English for professional presentations, interviews, and meetings.

Telephone Coaching

30-minute telephone coaching sessions for targeted practice in spontaneous speech via telephone or teleconference. These sessions are intended to cement any previous speech training as well as help speakers improve their telephone speech clarity. Speakers-in-training receive immediate feedback and guidance throughout each session.

Presentation Delivery Skills Training

In-person and virtual workshop programs. We equip global workforce professionals with strategies and immediate feedback on speech clarity, information delivery and audience interaction. Our mission is to help them present their specialized knowledge and insightful perspectives effectively and efficiently.

Fluency Building Skills Training

Mini-programs which are intended to help develop a speaker's English Fluency. Fluency refers to language comfort level, vocabulary/idiom use, and small talk/conversation ease. These three elements generally help drive and maintain engaging interactions.

Typical questions people ask us

Do you offer customized programs? 

Yes, we do. Contact us to start the conversation. Our carefully structured programs are designed to prepare your program participants to do whatever it is they need to do in spoken English.

What's the time commitment?

We are very flexible. We have run two-hour workshops as well as two-week, one-month, and 10-week programs. 

What's your approach?

In our carefully designed programs, we prioritize practice to help our clients efficiently improve their spoken-English communication skills. We customize our materials to match the working vocabulary and content areas that they need to use for professional purposes. We also supplement many of our programs with a customizable online training space. This typically includes additional guidance and content project material.

Do you help organizations only with spoken English? How about written English?

Our area of expertise is spoken English. However, we know of other industry professionals who specialize in business and academic writing. We are happy to help you find a good match for your needs.

Do your instructors hold an advanced degree and have experience with this specialized type of training?

Yes, each instructor has earned a masters in Applied Linguistics-TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Each instructor also has a minimum of eight years of experience working with global workforce professionals on their spoken English. 

A few client words

Sarah, it has been really wonderful working with you. Thank you for all the hard work and great results so far! Your work with our team members located in India and the U.S. has been stellar. I’m very happy that you will continue to provide your services for us this upcoming year, and I’m looking forward to the new expansions to the program that we have discussed. Thanks Again!
— Neil Schauer, Senior Director in R&D, U.S.
I’m so glad that I took Sarah’s 8-week program. After a few weeks following Sarah’s methods and practices, my spoken English has improved so noticeably that my American colleagues whom I work with everyday recognized it. I work in a law firm, so this improvement is invaluable to me. Sarah knows exactly what I should focus on to improve my spoken English and put it in a carefully designed step-by-step program. The results came fast and clear. I definitely recommend this program.
— Thang, Foreign Attorney at Sidley Austin-Chicago, from Vietnam

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