Here at Babbel, years of experience crafting language courses have taught us that the beginning is always the best place to start. From a learning perspective, that means determining what you want to get out of it before launching your team into a learning program. But when you’re taking the needs of an entire organization into consideration, this can be easier said than done.
There are a few key steps involved in effectively assessing what your company needs from a language learning solution. To help you get started with determining what will work best for you, we’ve broken these steps down here.
Asking the right people the right questions is the best way to come up with these answers: in this case, management, or whoever will lead your team on their language learning journey. We recommend setting up a brainstorming session to go over each step and ask yourselves these important questions.
Step 1. Logistics: Determine “Who?” and “When?”
First things first: which members of your team will participate in your language learning program? Whether the opportunity will be made available to all employees or just a select group, this information is vital for determining which learning strategy that’s best for your team of language learners.
Next, you’ll need to determine when the language learning will take place. Is there a specific timeframe for the completion of your language learning course or courses, or will they be made available for users to learn at their own pace? Knowing this will streamline your budget planning and make product selection a much more straightforward process.
Step 2. Content: Decide “What?” and “Why?”
Now that you know who will be learning languages and what your timeline will look like (if you have one), decide what type of content users will need to access and what the level of language training intensity will be. To help you figure this out, ask your team leader why your organization has decided to offer language learning in the first place; is it to help new employees integrate, to strengthen international business relations, or to launch your company in a new territory? Maybe it’s all three! Why your team will be learning goes hand-in-hand with how intense your program will need to be, and what content they’ll need to access.
The good news: Every one of Babbel’s Business products offer access to all of our content (over 52,000 lessons!). Our B2B team can help you decide which one suits your needs best.
Step 3. Accessibility: Decide “Where?” and “How?”
Finally, deciding where and how your team will want to access content will help you determine what type of learning solution you’ll need. Does on-the-fly app usage fit in best to the schedules of your users, or will regular in-person lessons make more sense for the learning path you’re about to embark on? If it’s flexibility you’re after –- we’ve got a solution for that, too (a few, actually!).
If you’re looking for a more structured and comprehensive way to identify your company’s language learning needs, click here to download our The Ultimate Guide To Language Learning In Your Company, which includes a detailed management survey that will help guide you in the right direction.
Lilly Miner, Expert for Digital Learning
Lilly focuses on different learning methods. Whether online learning or blended learning – the motivation of the learners is particularly important to her.