Best practices for better English

Nations best practice for better English

Learning based on best practices combining the best ideas in English communication training with over 35 years’ experience.

Continuous improvement of best practice

As an ISO certified company, Nations Ireland is dedicated to continually evaluating and upgrading its methods in order to ensure that we deliver the best quality courses and services at all times. Through weekly feedback meetings with our participants, regular meetings with our L&D and HR contacts, ongoing research and development by our training team and regular attendance at conferences, we identify and implement best practices, some of which are listed below.

Our course designs and structures are influenced by the evaluation model developed by Donald Kirkpatrick which measures training at 4 levels:

1 Reaction – are you happy with the training delivered?
2 Learning or acquisition – as a learner, have you acquired the knowledge and skills you need?
3 Behaviour/performance – have you activated the skills learnt or transferred the skills acquired?
4 Results – what impact has the training had on performance/results when back on the job?

Setting high but attainable training expectations for your English course

Your individualised learning plan starts on the basis of an in-depth Pre-training Interview and Needs Analysis before you arrive. This Pre-training Interview and Needs Analysis identifies your priorities for your English course and sets ambitious but attainable training expectations.

Optimal blending: English acquisition + English activation = real usable English skills

Training sessions for English conversation are based on learning by doing within a permanent training and feedback loop.

Objectives – preparation – delivery – feedback

Measuring results with Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

This allows you to measure your improvement in key performance skills that are important for you in your work. We will establish KPIs with you for the course. During the training these will allow you to measure your progress, while at the same time indicating if your priorities for the English course need to be adapted.

Using the best mix of learning and support materials

You will use the mix of materials that best suits you and your learning style.

  • Your professional documents – with a strict guarantee of confidentiality
  • Nations own specialist materials for English learning
  • The best English-language training materials available from business, media and the web – you are not restricted to a course book or a rigid method

Getting the best results from both formal and informal learning situations

You need English to communicate successfully in your job, not just to use in a controlled situation in the class room. Our non-residential courses make sure that you get plenty of opportunities to use your English in real-life situations which replicate what you need in your job.

Optimum learning environment for developing inter-cultural competence and awareness

Nations is dedicated exclusively to training a limited number of adult learners who all come from the international business or professional world. Taking you outside of your own culture and language creates the ideal learning environment for you to achieve your intercultural training goals.

Personalised audio files just for you 

Every day you will get personalised recorded audio feedback of key English phrases and expressions. This is your own individual aide memoire/audio file to use during your stay and which will become a valuable learning support when you are back at work.

Developing strategies with you for on-going learning

Before you leave Ireland your trainers will develop an action plan  to help you  put into practice the English language and communications skills learnt at Nations. You will receive a personalised roadmap with steps to take in order to continue to improve your English on completion of our course.
Shortly after your return home, you will receive a detailed report which describes what you have covered in your course, an overview of your overall performance, as well as your level based on the ‘Common European Framework of Reference for Languages’.

 

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