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Have Certificate, Will Travel
December 16, 2009   
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Grażyna Szyke, methodology director and vice-president of the Lingua Nova Foreign Language School, talks to Magdalena Fabijańczuk about language certificates and methods for teaching a foreign language to employees.

Fluency in a foreign language, English in particular, is listed as a requirement in most job ads. How can an employer check if the applicant is really fluent in a foreign language?
Employers frequently check language skills during job interviews. They either do it on their own or get help from teachers from language schools they work with. Employers also recognize certificates issued by language schools, but what matters the most is whether an applicant has passed an exam such as First Certificate in English or Certificate in Advanced English.

In October last year, Lingua Nova was accredited by the ELCL Quality Alliance, an international organization working for better quality in foreign language teaching. How can the ELCL QA certificate help your students?
The ELCL QA is recognized in all European countries, Japan, Canada and Australia. The accreditation entitles us to issue certificates of fluency in all EU languages on levels from A1 to C2. The certificate is listed in an international online database with an individual number, which helps employers check if their employees know a language as well as they say they do.

When an employer finds that their staff do not speak foreign languages well enough and pays for courses in your school, what do you start with?
The first step are written and oral tests conducted in the group which is expected to attend the classes. At the same time, we analyze the customer's needs, asking the employer about every student, including details such as what departments the students are from, what posts they hold, and when they need to speak a foreign language in their daily duties. Then we ask the students the same questions. Language needs vary, especially those related to one's profession. We have students who communicate efficiently in English as far as technology or finance are concerned, but when they are about to leave on a business trip abroad, it turns out that their general English is so bad they may have problems communicating at the airport and hotel. On the other hand, some workers speak a foreign language pretty well when they are on vacations, but at work they need very specific vocabulary and skills to be able to compile documents and arrange technical details in English or Spanish. That's why a solid assessment of language needs plays a big part in foreign language teaching.

Lingua Nova Sp. z o.o.
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