Students of LIVE Languages learn a foreign language such as French, German, and Spanish for a multitude of reasons. For some, it is nothing more than pleasure, to be able to enhance travel and adventure, yet for others, being able to speak a foreign language with a focus on business can make all the difference in their career.
LIVE Languages student James is an officer in the British Army and he needed to improve his French for a posting in Mali.
“The content of the lessons was well-tailored to my needs and built upon my French in a consistent and challenging manner. I was very happy with the clear direction that the lessons followed and had an ongoing feeling that I was achieving my goals on a day-to-day basis.
The course was fluid and changeable and created opportunities to either explore a subject or change subject where required. The importance was not put on the individual content of a phrase, word or tense, but on the understanding of phrases words and grammar in context with the conversation as a whole. The best part of this was that it was an adult course, without a preachy teacher and I feel that this made it a positive learning experience.
I originally embarked on a language course because I wanted to revise and improve my French in a very short time frame. I am committed to self-study and am a fluent German speaker and have always found that learning specialist subjects such as languages benefit from an expert moderator.
I looked at various large companies that catered for business French, but found that they charged a lot but did not offer any catered services and instead relied on immersive group French sessions. I did not want to be belt-fed a language.
Charlotte offered me a tailored one-to-one course and was willing to talk about my experience and aims prior to quoting me a one-size-fits-all course. I was impressed with this approach and was glad to attend.
The course is deceptively intensive. I felt as though I were talking to my best friend in a variety of locations, albeit in a language that I have no mastery of. Although the pace was challenging, I was never pushed to embarrassment and found that even if I couldn’t grasp the content of a word, sentence or grammatical clause, I was not stopped but was encouraged to explore it and develop my understanding before being told the ‘proper French’. I found this to be a much better technique than stopping me halfway through a sentence and correcting me – a technique that I never particularly liked.
I have gained confidence in my French and have been given the tools to build on what I have learned. I would recommend this course to anyone who has a pressing time constraint and would like to learn a lot of information in a short space of time. I will be recommending this service to my military colleagues who will be partnering with French forces in the future.”
LIVE Languages has a range of foreign language course options to suit a range of individual learning styles. To find out more about Spanish and French Language Courses in Liverpool, the North West or via Skype simply get in touch via our contact page and one of our tutors will be in touch…