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The Language Show 2019: Language Trainers Delights Attendees with Romanian
The Language Show, held in the Olympia Exhibition Centre in London, England, is the largest language conference in Europe and celebrated its 31st annual return in 2019. The event attracts practitioners from a multitude of industries, including schools, universities, and international organizations seeking the very latest and best language teaching strategies and deliverables.
Amidst the numerous stalls, exhibitions, and speaker events, expert language teachers are invited to teach taster sessions to eager audiences who want to experience the basics of a given language. For the second year in a row, Language Trainers was invited to participate, and across the weekend of November 15th to November 17th, three of our skillful representatives each taught a 30-minute language lesson.
Leading the team was Mariana Serb, Language Trainers’ academic adviser:
As this is our second year participating at the event, I was more at ease and could thoroughly enjoy being there without feeling too nervous. The organizers did a very good job in bringing teaching professionals that could share with the audience interesting teaching strategies and activities that help engage language learners, and I greatly enjoyed participating in the seminars.
Mariana started her taster session of about 30 eager students by explaining a little about Romanian culture, the history of the language, and why it bears so many similarities with other Romance languages, including Italian and Spanish. By constantly interacting with the audience, she created a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere that served to increased participation and encourage learning.
After introducing her students to some basic words, greetings, and expressions, Mariana helped to cement their new Romanian knowledge by asking her audience to repeat words back to her and practice using them with each other. Finally, she taught the attendees to count from 1 to 10 in Romanian and for pairs to rehearse asking for one another’s phone number.
“The attendees had a great time discovering the similarities between Romanian vocabulary and the other Romance languages, as well as learning how to have a basic conversation,” said Mariana. “The lesson was fun and interactive! The only drawback was that there was there so little time; I had so much more to say and share!”
Alongside Mariana and her Romanian lesson, Carmen Blanco-Olaizola and Marie-Therese Bougard attended the event on behalf of Language Trainers, teaching equally popular Spanish and French taster sessions, respectively.
It is an honor to be invited to such a prestigious world event as The Language Show, to not only share our innovative, first-rate, proven teaching methodologies, but also to demonstrate how are professional trainers adapt to create wholly personalized and engaging learning experiences.
As always, we will continue to evolve and improve our language teaching approach throughout the coming year, ensuring we offer the very best to our clients. And we look forward to sharing our revolutions with eager language learners at the 32nd annual Language Show in 2020!
Language Trainers USA is now available in Spanish
We are thrilled to announce that Language Trainers USA is now available in Spanish!
At Language Trainers, our purpose is to encourage people all over the world to learn languages by making the process as simple, convenient, and enjoyable as possible. We serve our global clientele by providing a native-speaking tutor to teach the language each customer wants to learn, at a place and time convenient to their location and schedule!
A large part of this service extends to our website. Not only is it where you can come to read about our flexible, personalized courses and book your first class. It is also where you can ask us questions, test your current language ability, and enjoy a whole host of free resources to keep your learning experience interesting, varied, and fun!
But while we have a massive array of information, ready for you to explore, it was almost entirely written in English...until now! Spanish is spoken by over 43 million people in the United States, making it the most prevalent foreign language in the country. This number is on the rise as it is also the most studied language in the USA. Further, it is the national language of 21 countries around the world, including some of the USA’s closest neighbors in Latin America and the Caribbean. In fact, more than 400 million people speak Spanish worldwide, and as a truly global organization who prioritize convenience, we want to make accessing our services and information as simple for Spanish speakers as it has been for English speakers.
And so, we are proud to announce that our extensive range of web content has been fully translated into Spanish and is available for our Spanish audience to indulge and enjoy. We even have a dedicated team of Spanish-speaking staff who will answer all inquiries received in Spanish.
So, whether you are someone who prefers to explore websites written in Spanish, know a native Spanish speaker who would like to peruse our services and resources, or a Spanish learner curious to read the new version of our website, you can do so by switching to the Spanish iteration of Language Trainers USA.
Language Trainers Canada is now in French
We are proud to announce that we have recently launched our website in French for all our French-Canadian and French-speaking audience.
Language Trainers is a global organization with a mission to make language learning as convenient an experience as possible! We teach any language, anywhere, anytime, which includes finding you a local native-speaking tutor in your town or city to teach you lessons at your home, workplace or a mutually agreed public place.
But our intention to encourage more language learners around the world permeates everything we do, including the content of our website. We provide detailed information on the main language courses we teach, our talented trainers and our most frequently asked questions to provide you with as much information about our services as possible. We even offer free language resources to help you get started at home!
But while our website contains a treasure trove of information and tools to get you started learning your next language, we were primarily catering to English speakers by writing the web pages in English. This is something we always intended to rectify for the benefit of more than 7 million French Canadians in Canada; not to mention the millions of French speakers around the world.
Our promise to make language learning convenient extends to providing our website in the native language of our customers, which is why we are delighted to launch the French version of our website!
We hope you will be excited to learn that everything on our English pages has been translated and is now available on the new French version of Language Trainers Canada. We have even assigned our French-speaking staff to handle our clients’ inquiries and look forward to receiving any and all questions about our courses and how we can help you master your next language.
If your native or preferred language is French, then please click here for the French version of Language Trainers Canada.
Language Trainers Brings Romanian to The Language Show
London- From November 9th to 11th Language Trainers had the opportunity to be a part of The Language Show London 2018. This conference brought together some of the best ideas, best practices, and best technologies in language learning today. Language Trainers was honored to share its methods and excited to learn from all the other participants.
Language Trainers sent Academic Advisor and expert teacher Mariana Serb to share its teaching methods and practices with the conference. She took her 30-minute time slot and taught the attendees the ins and outs of basic Romanian. Her challenge was to teach the conference goers how to greet each other in Romanian by the end of a mere half an hour.
“Thirty minutes was short, it was a bit difficult, but it was fun to share some Romanian with the conference” Mariana Serb, Language Trainers Academic Advisor
By the end of that short block, Mariana had successfully taught her students basic greetings and pleasantries, and bid a fond ‘Mulţumesc’ to all her students.
Mariana demonstrated in just thirty minutes in London what Language Trainers teachers do all over the world, every day. She used the latest in education research, combined with innovative teaching methods to expand the knowledge of her students in a fun and interactive way. These methods helped the students learn the basics of Romanian, just as they help students learn languages from Arabic to Zulu.
“ It was exciting to meet so many language providers and passionate language learners at this unique event, and I must say that what I enjoyed the most were the language tasters that I attended.” -Mariana Serb, Language Trainers Academic Advisor.
Language Trainers is proud to be a part of the language teaching community. This community helps bring our world ever closer, speed the integration of markets, and foster understanding among cultures. Conferences such as the Language Show bring together the best minds in the community, and Language Trainers is proud to share our methods.
ISO 9001:2015 Certificate Renewed
Language Trainers has achieved the renewal of our company-wide ISO 9001:2015 quality-management certification, formerly known as ISO 9001:2008, for the provision of language training services to organizations and individuals.
ISO 9001:2015 certification is a globally recognized standard awarded to organizations to help them meet the expectations and needs of their customers. The primary goal of this standard is to improve customer satisfaction for a company by defining the processes needed to meet their customer's requirements. New to the standard are specifications regarding risk and opportunity management that strengthens its use as a governance tool. This makes implementing multiple management systems much quicker and easier, ultimately saving both time and money.
We pride ourselves on the excellent quality and service that we provide and by updating this certification, Language Trainers will continue to strengthen its position within the language education industry.
Language Trainers Accredited by the BBB
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a non-profit organization established to advance marketplace trust between businesses and consumers throughout the United States and Canada. Businesses accredited by the BBB adhere to eight Standards for Trust that include the following: build trust, advertise honestly, tell the truth, be transparent, honor promises, be responsive, safeguard privacy, and embody integrity.
We at Language Trainers recognize the prestigious accreditation that goes along with the BBB's evaluation standards. We are delighted to announce that our efforts comply with their qualifications and deem us a reputable business with honorable business practices. Although in the past we have always strived to provide our trainers and students with the highest quality service, this acknowledgement highlights that effort and acts as a guide that will help to uphold our place as an outstanding company.
Client Control Center
Every year, we teach over fifty languages to thousands of language learners in over three hundred cities throughout ten countries. As we continue to grow, we are always working on ways to improve our services with management tools so that every client can get the most out of their lessons. After listening to what our corporate clients really wanted and diligently working for over two years with our IT team, we are proud to present our newest feature, the Language Trainers Client Control Center for HR Departments. We understand how important it is to stay on top of your training administration and here, your HR/Learning and Development departments will be able to do just that. You are now able to monitor each individual employee's progress with instant, real-time reports as they go through their language courses. To learn more information and start getting instant reports for your employees, make sure to go to the Client Control Center and learn how you can take and track your company's language learning to the next level.
Lower Prices for Online Skype Classes
After a reorganization of the way we run our online Skype classes we now offer the options of shorter courses (our minimum course is now only 10 hours) with greatly reduced prices. Our native speaker qualified teachers teach one hour sessions (longer sessions are available on demand) as often as you need at a time that suits your busy schedule. These are ideal for people who need a flexible option who may also need to take classes on the run. With modern 3G internet speeds, many of our clients take their classes on their smartphones when they are not sitting at their desks. Prices start at $US25 per hour for one-to-one and $US17.50 per hour for two-to-one (all prices can be converted into local currency at the prevailing exchange rate) and the Skype connection is completely free.
More information on our Online Language Classes can be found here.
New Community Manager
We would like to extend a warm welcome to Paul Mains, our new Community Manager. Paul will work as a “bridge” between our Academic Team, our clients and our trainers and focus on reviewing and improving the academic materials (course books etc) that we use, the ongoing and end-of-course feedback that we currently have, and the additional content that we offer to our teachers, clients and the wider public such as free level tests and reviews. Paul is a TEFL-certified English teacher from New York State, has a degree in Linguistics and Psychology, has research experience at Harvard and Stanford, and has participated in multiple Linguistics and Psychology conferences. Contact Paul on [email protected]
Following on from our vocabulary and grammar level tests which have been in use for 10 years, we are proud to announce the launch of our new listening tests in 15 different languages. The tests are aimed at Elementary level or Intermediate level and combine great content with a very user-friendly interface which makes taking the test a very enjoyable experience. To see which tests are available, please go to our Listening Tests.