Apr 08, 2016

Technology plays a key role in communication skills

A successful language and communication learning program is rooted in the relationship between coach and learner. Technology plays an important role in the process, facilitating this relationship and providing a platform for live language instruction, however it is not what’s at the core of the model.

 

Connecting People Around the World

Creating a one-to-one relationship between learner and coach is the most effective method for adults to learn relevant communication skills. Technology enables this approach and provides the platform for increased connectivity. Whether you’re using Skype, Google Hangouts or another application, without the limits of location, people can be connected anytime, anywhere. This means the best coaches can be paired with learners in need no matter where they are. The ultimate goal remains to foster a strong relationship between the learner and instructor.

 

Network of coaches

When it comes to learning, the best models are customizable. Lesson plans that can be tailored provide a more engaging experience and learners can develop precisely the skills they need. In this type of model it’s important for coaches to be able to communicate with one another, exchange resources, and ask questions. The relationship that develops between coaches and learners should also be fostered among instructors. At Lingo Live, we believe in the importance of community and our global coach community would not be possible without technology.

 

Visibility & Performance

Transparency is very important these days, no matter what the business model. People want to know what’s going on behind the scenes, they want access and reporting that can be easily digested. When it comes to  learning, it’s critical that all stakeholders have insight into each individual’s progress. Technology makes it easy to track feedback on skills, grammar, engagement etc. This type of data shows learners where they’re succeeding and where they need to improve and it helps coaches prepare for future lessons. Visibility is an important motivator for learners and leads to an increased level of accountability for all parties.

Learning language and communication skills is more than just memorizing vocabulary. To truly become fluent you must understand the culture behind that language and how it is used by the native population. That’s why the most successful coaching models involve live instruction by an expert in the desired language. Technology enables these types of lessons, but it can’t teach the nuances of how a language is used.

 

– The Lingo Live Team

Interested in learning more?

Check out Impacting Career Growth with Lingo Live and Communication Challenges Threaten Software Engineers.

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