We organised a Spanish language course for a large American retailer. Participants were primarily multilingual, living and working in different offices around the UK and Europe, mainly young professionals. Due to their different locations, we opted for online lessons. As lessons were just 45 minutes long and once a week, we decided to focus on evidence of learning to maximise participants’ exposure to the language and group work.
The main objective for our corporate client was to offer their staff lunch time lessons to raise morale and give them an opportunity to learn with other teams from other offices. Lessons were to be taken during their lunch break so just 45 minutes each. Lessons had to focus on communication and interaction.
As lessons were short and just once a week, we decided to experiment with an online platform called VideoBit to help participants evidence their learning each week. Lessons focused on the basics of Spanish with focus on communication. After each lesson, the tutor posted a short video, maximum 60 seconds, with an example of what they should post as their homework. This was a fun and relevant way to engage participants scattered across Europe and the UK to connect between lessons, learn from each other and showcase what they learnt each week.
Thanks to our fantastic teachers, participants achieved:
Written by Lara Panzini
About the author
Lara Panzini started her carrier in education as a qualified primary school teacher. She holds a BSc (First Class Honours) Professional Studies from London University – Academic research methods applied to the workplace. She specialised in language teaching by obtaining a TEFL certificate and a certificate in Teaching Italian as a Foreign Language, RSA Diploma in Teaching Foreign Language to Adults (DTFLA), RSA Assessor Award: Training and Development (NCVQ: Level 3) and is a Business Cultural Trainer.