As business becomes increasingly global, so too is the necessity for companies to ensure employees can communicate with each other and, importantly, with customers.
Consider the following data :
- English is the first language of less than 5% of the world’s population yet relied upon as the ‘lingua franca’ of business
- Spanish, spoken by over 570 million native speakers, is also the primary language of more than 20 countries
- There are over 1.05 billion native Mandarin speakers. It is also the most widely spoken dialect in China and the second most widespread language on the internet
- German is spoken by 105 million native speakers and more than 80 million global speakers
- Portuguese is the second most spoken language in South America, with more than 215 million global speakers
How can your organization meet the language needs of today’s global economy?
For starters, you must provide language training. Skillsoft recently partnered with goFLUENT, the award-winning global leader in hyper-personalized language learning. With this partnership, the goFLUENT Essentials Collection is now available via Percipio, our intelligent learning experience platform, giving customers access to roughly 5,000 language training resources.
How does the training work?
Business language is different from basic conversational skills. Giving presentations, hosting conference calls, chairing meetings, negotiating with clients or other interactions can be extremely challenging to non-native speakers.
Organizations can use goFLUENT Essentials resources to accelerate at scale the business language proficiency of their workforce in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese by leveraging real-world, business-relevant content for instruction. goFLUENT Essentials utilizes news and popular media outlets, covering topics ranging from Big Data to Cultural Awareness, to contextualize learning and improve retention.
Already, goFLUENT has helped more than 2,000,000 learners from 2,000+ organizations to become more efficient when conducting business globally, managing intercultural situations, or communicating with colleagues, customers, and partners.
The process for the learners is quite straightforward. When they log into Percipio, they have at their fingertips a single, central access point. Each learner can then follow a self-led training path to simplify the language learning process. If the learner is unsure about what path to focus on, that’s not a problem. goFLUENT Essentials accesses the learner’s skills and tailors a clear roadmap to guide business-orientated language training in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese. Each plan offers 12+ training paths and more than 500 resources per language. Cognizant that English is still considered the number one language for international business, the goFLUENT English language offering provides 24 training paths and more than 2,000 resources.
Each training path consists of 20 to 30 hours of learning content, including videos, assessments, articles, grammar, vocabulary, test preps, and how to’s.
The goFLUENT interface is localized into 15 native languages, including Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian and European), Russian, Spanish and Turkish.
Given how critical it is that companies can communicate and conduct business in another language, this partnership with goFLUENT significantly adds to the many ways Skillsoft is helping customers perform optimally. Now for the first time, Skillsoft customers can empower their employees with on-demand access to business-oriented language training that can strengthen business relationships and accelerate decision making.
Interested in learning more about this exciting new offering and partnership? Please reach out to your Skillsoft sales rep.