Graduate students from Trinity Western University (TWU) choose LearningBranch as the best course for workplace language training.
The 2018 Masters in TESOL (Teachers of English as a Second or Other Language) class from Trinity Western University (TWU) recently compared two sets of materials for workplace language training: LearningBranch Communication Skills courses and materials from Bow Valley College, Alberta Canada
The group chose LearningBranch.
Objectives of workplace language training
Learners will be able to:
- communicate appropriately in a workplace setting, with a focus on listening and speaking,
- understand and conduct general workplace conversations,
- build and maintain good relationships with the target community,
- “sell” themselves well, highlighting their excellent technical skills.
Summary of findings
The researchers summarized their findings as follows:
1. LearningBranch reflects real-life work situations, provides realistic pragmatic models with explanations that incorporates “soft skills”.
2. LearningBranch provides real-world work situations, integrating listening skills with functional work-related vocabulary.
3. LearningBranch’s pragmatic, strategic, and sociolinguistic approach is a tremendous advantage for learners. For example, “Active Listening with a Hotel Guest”, contains detailed information on how to show attentiveness through specific behaviours—a good example of a sociolinguistic focus. This same activity shows the incorporation of the soft skills of good communication of attentive listening, responsiveness, keeping a conversation, acknowledging the guest, and paraphrasing.
4. LearningBranch’s fresh approach along interactive and user-friendly interface make it stand out among its competitors.
The instructor of the MA TESOL course at TWU is Kay McAllister, MA.
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