How right is Next Level English for our staff?

Helpful user stories

Birgitte needs Simply Better English for her company

Julia

Julia is a learning and development manager. Her challenge is fitting the right number of people in the right level course at the right time, on budget. Next Level English make his job easier because it supports multi-level groups, let's him start groups within days, and gives her the good feeling that one of the best language trainers is personally supporting her people and the outcomes she needs.

Uwe needs Simply Better English for his company

Mark

Mark runs a small company with some English-speaking customers. He wants to help two employees improve their English so that they are better and more comfortable keeping her English-speaking customers happy. This is not enough for an in-house course and finding a good open course close by was difficult. Next Level English lets his two employees improve their work English like an in-house course with the added flexibility of letting them work at their own speed when and where they can.

Starting levels

Neither too low nor too high

For those who are a low beginner (A1) this course will probably be too difficult because they may not easily understand the learning videos and/or the trainer in the online practice sessions.  And for those whose English is already very good (C1/C2) it might not be enough of a challenge. 

Check out this helpful level chart to help you decide. Or, if you need more detail, here is the official CEFR chart in English and in German.

Need

Enough pain to stay motivated

The more your people need English the they will improve in the course. The following bad 'joke' can help make the point: How do you get an 80-year-old to learn English fast? Get him or her a 25-year-old lover. The point is that it is very hard to change when there is no reason to change. That is, when not changing does not cause enough pain.

Time commitment

Enough time to turn what you learn into a habit

The more committed your people are, the faster they will improve. The more support and time they receive to do so, the more sustainable the results.

Some people say that it takes 21 days to change a habit. For example, if you want to get in the habit of getting up earlier (not forcing your self out of bed after hitting the snooze button 7 times), you need to do it twenty-one days in a row. The point is that what you do not do regularly is very hard to learn, and even harder to make into an automatic habit.

Next Level English breaks English up into small steps that you can practise any time anywhere. But that means that to succeed in the course you need to in fact practice every small step!

Openness

Being open to new ways of seeing, thinking about, feeling your lived world

The more open you are to new ways of seeing, thinking, and feeling about your lived world, the faster you can improve your English.

One of the most challenging and rewarding parts of improving your English is accepting that English does not map the universe and does not prioritize what must be communicated the same way as your native language does. Much more than translating your native language word for word into English, improving your English asks you to see, think, and feel about the world in a different way.

Next Level English trains this different seeing, thinking, and feeling. That is what makes it meaningful, instead of mechanical.

Comfort and acceptance

Being comfortable making mistakes and accepting help from others

The more comfortable you are making mistakes the more likely you are to let other people help you when you do, and the easier it will be to improve very fast in this course.

One challenge to learning a language is that everything happens at once: and you cannot be perfect in everything at once. The only way to focus on what you are learning one step at a time, is to ignore as much of everything else as possible. Next Level English explains and trains this. This works best when you are comfortable making mistakes in steps you have not mastered.

Another challenge is not carrying the burden ‘to be perfect’ all by yourself. When you are speaking English one or more people are involved. This course teaches you how to use the people you are talking with as your teachers. People who are comfortable making mistakes tend to also be comfortable accepting help from others.

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