Could outdated language development programs founded on old-fashioned methodologies be costing your company millions?
Over the last few weeks, I’ve introduced you to some fairly widespread misconceptions about language learning, as presented in my recent research paper. Approaching the English language skill gap based on these outdated ideas has undoubtedly cost global organizations millions! To date, I’ve debunked four myths of the seven myths of language learning:
- Myth #1: Adults should learn like children
- Myth #2: Traditional instruction is key to success
- Myth #3: Developing business communication skills in English is the same as studying ESL (English as a second language) and acquiring general English skills
- Myth #4: You can’t learn while you work
Last week I focused on the concept of learning on the job. According to the 70/20/10 principle developed by Morgan McCall, Robert W. Eichinger, and Michael M. Lombardo at the Center for Creative Leadership: 70% of learning is gained from real-life, on-the-job experience, tasks, and problem solving; 20% from feedback, observing, and working with role models; and only 10% from formal training.
So, an on-demand language learning program can actually enable your global workforce to communicate more proficiently thereby increasing your company’s overall productivity. And that’s exciting stuff! Onto busting the next myth:
Only managers need to be competent in English
The fifth myth takes a closer look at organizational learning and speaks to the importance of making English language proficiency a company-wide goal instead of one that isolates a few top managers. I know that today’s global workforce is surrounded by English every day, from client meetings to vendor discussions or daily emails and group presentations, it is vital that Business English training is expanded throughout a global organization.
Proficient communication in English is a necessity across all levels of your organization and when it slips, ripples are felt in many departments and your business outcomes become jeopardized. According to the Globalization of English report, 92% of 26,000 global employees surveyed struggle with English, and only 7% feel their current English skills are good enough to do their job. When employees cannot do their jobs because of an English language skills gap, imagine how much that affects your entire company!
There’s no denying the need for improved Business English communication skills is widespread. The most successful organizations—the ones that thrive as the world becomes increasingly global and interconnected—understand the strategic value of proficiency in a single language for business—English. Moreover, these companies are addressing the need holistically, throughout the entire corporate structure, and not just at management levels.
Take the next step to ensure your organization is set up to be a top contender in the battle for global success by downloading the entire 7 Myths of Language Learning paper today! To read my next post, subscribe to this blog.