"We host overseas training programs for executives and leadership program participants. We want to include a spoken-English communication skills training program for our visitors."
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.
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.