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Compare our Range of Courses

Choosing the best type of language course for your company's needs is not easy. To help, the comparison table below summarises the features, advantages, disadvantages, and pricing information for each of our training programs, as well as some recommendations.

For any questions or advice about your specific training needs, we are always available to help by telephone on +39 02 4300 19075 or by email.

 

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Business English & Communication Skills Telephone training Blended courses Intensive courses in Ireland & UK

Recommended for

...focussed... ...speaking... ...efficient... ...rapid...

Companies and professionals who want a customised course focussed on their professional communication needs. A highly-relevant course that can be applied immediately to help overcome your specific difficulties and communicate confidently.

Clients who want to focus on speaking and listening comprehension, professionals who travel frequently or are unable to schedule regular lessons.
Telephone lessons can also be integrated into Business English and blended courses.

Companies who require scheduling flexibility and more cost-efficient learning and progress, for participants who are motivated and well-organised.

Professionals and executives who urgently need to make rapid progress in speaking and listening comprehension, or for busy schedules. An enjoyable language and cultural experience that will give your English a real boost.

Not for

...too busy... ...beginners... ...no support... ...workaholics...

Courses in company have a regular weekly schedule and require commitment, so frequent cancellations or changes that reduce regularity limit the participant's progress.
In these cases we recommend an intensive course, either in company or abroad. If the participants often travel or are in many different locations, we recommend a telephone course, which also has shorter lesson durations.
Skill seminars typically last 2-3 full days, so they overcome this problem. However, they focus on a specific set of language skills and situations and require a minimum level of good intermediate.

This course is not suitable for beginners as the lessons and teacher instructions are in English, and so some basic listening comprehension is required.
Instead, we recommend a course in person, either weekly in-company, intensive or blended.

Blended courses require more internal marketing and organisation than other types of courses, and preferably have executive sponsorship or support.
Course participants need to be motivated and have good time management skills, because part of the course requires independent study. If this doesn't match your organisation, we recommend 1 of the other 3 options, and especially intensive courses.

Intensive courses offer a full immersion learning experience, using only English all day, every day. This need to communicate for a long period only in English and not use Italian is the key to fast progress.
However, if the evenings are spent working, with emails, telephone calls and work documents in Italian, this will slow down progress.
This is especially important during shorter courses and after the first 3 days of the course, which is when the benefits of the full immersion process really start to become noticeable in your use and ease with English.

Group, combo or individual

individual only

All course options are available - individual, combination and group.

All lessons are individual to keep the quality of the service high and to avoid the typical problems of managing groups of people on conference calls.

All course options are available - individual, combination and group.

All course options are available - individual, combination and group.

Duration

customised 10+ hours 3+ months 1-10 weeks

Courses are customised to your needs, including the course duration. Business English courses typically last 30, 40 or 60 hours, with weekly lessons for 10-30 weeks, or intensive lessons for 1-4 weeks.
Skills seminars typically last 2-3 full days.

Courses last 10, 20 or 40 hours, with the frequency of lessons personalised to your needs and schedule. Lessons are typically from once a week to three times a week, with 45 or 60 minute lessons.

Courses last 3, 6 or 12 months, and the number and frequency of lessons with the teacher are customised to your needs and schedule. Typically there is 1 lesson with a teacher every week or every 2 weeks, also by telephone.

Individual and combination courses can last from 1 week to any number of weeks you prefer. Group courses last a minimum of 2 weeks, up to a maximum of 10 weeks.

Cost

from €1295 from €460 from €1025 from €830

The pricing is based on the number of hours, the number of participants, the type of course, any specific scheduling requests, and location.
To find out more, or for a no-obligation quotation customised to your company's needs, please contact us.

The pricing is based on the type of course, accommodation, and the number of weeks.
Our complete price list is in the brochure Business English Courses in the UK and Ireland 2016 (PDF).

Expert trainers

The teacher is the key to a successful course. All our teachers are native English speakers with a recognised teaching qualification and substantial teaching experience with professionals at all levels.
They are mature corporate trainers who want to share with you their passion for language and learning, to help you communicate confidently in English. Learn more about our teachers.

Customised content

depends

The first step in every course is evaluation and needs analysis, which includes an individual interview, questionnaire and test. With this information we plan the course content around your specific objectives and difficulties.
This maximises the impact of the course it ensures that the learning is relevant to your professional role, that it can be applied immediately, and that the lessons are engaging and stimulating.
An example of the customised course programmes we develop is Business English - Purchasing & Sales (PDF).
If you would like to learn more, why not contact us by telephone or email.

It depends on the type of course.
Individual courses and the individual lessons of combination courses are customised entirely around your specific objectives and needs.
Group courses and the group part of combination courses cover all 4 language skills, and the groups are created only with participants of the same level, to create a better learning environment and faster progress for all.

Progress

Your progress in learning a language depends primarily on 4 factors starting level, linguistic aptitude, age and the frequency of study and exposure to the language. Progressively more study time is required as your level increases, because of the increasingly wide range of skills, contexts and vocabulary required.
There are no official benchmarks for progress, but for a participant of average linguistic aptitude in a small group with regular study and appropriate practice outside of class, the number of hours of study required are: for beginners 75 hours per level, for intermediate level participants 150 hours per level, lower advanced 250 hours per level.
These are based on the numeric levels of the standard CEF language competency levels (PDF) (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and include study both in and outside lessons.
It is important to remember that Communication Skills seminars and telephone courses focus on 2 of the 4 main language areas (speaking and listening, and less on reading and writing).

Your progress in learning a language depends primarily on 4 factors starting level, linguistic aptitude, age and the frequency of study and exposure to the language. Progressively more study time is required as your level increases, because of the increasingly wide range of skills, contexts and vocabulary required.
There are no official benchmarks for progress, but for a participant of average linguistic aptitude with regular study and appropriate practice outside of class, the number weeks required are: for beginners 2 weeks per level, for intermediate level participants 3 weeks per level.
These are based on the numeric levels of the standard CEF language competency levels (PDF) (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and include study both in and outside lessons.

Flexible scheduling

Lessons can be organised between 8 am and 8 pm, from Monday to Friday, to fit around your work commitments. We can customise the course duration, lesson duration and frequency to fit your needs, as long as the training program is didactically coherent and valid.

The online lessons can be accessed on any device and at any time. Some activities last only a few minutes so you can make use of dead-time in queues or between meetings. The lessons can also be downloaded for study off-line.
Lessons with the teacher face-to-face or by telephone can be organised between 8 am and 8 pm, from Monday to Friday, to fit around your work commitments. We can customise the course duration, lesson duration and frequency to fit your needs, as long as the training program is didactically coherent and valid.

All courses last from Monday morning to Friday afternoon.
Individual course participants, however, are able to modify the scheduling of some of their lessons.
Group and combination course participants have 4 hours of lessons in the morning, with a break for coffee and lunch, then their selected course options in the afternoon.
There are also a range of optional social and cultural activities organised during the week, and longer trips at the weekend.

Minimum level

all levels pre-intermediate all levels all levels

Business English courses cover all levels, from office survival for beginners to advanced courses covering communication skills and cultural awareness.
However, Skills seminars require a minimum of good intermediate level.

This course is not suitable for beginners as the lessons and teacher instructions are in English, and so some basic listening comprehension is required.

Blended courses cover all levels, from basic communication and office survival for beginners to advanced level courses.

Courses cover all levels from absolute beginner to advanced, with group courses divided into the same level. Group courses for all levels start every week on Mondays, except for absolute beginners who start on the first Monday of each month.

Number of participants

1-100+ 1-100+ 5-100+ 1-50

There is no minimum or maximum number. We organise individual courses, combination courses, and group courses with a maximum of 5 people in each group.
Skill seminars can have up to 15 people in each session. Seminars are not open courses, but are closed courses organised specifically for each client, also in small groups.

There is no minimum or maximum number. For any urgent courses or for any specific scheduling requests, however, please contact us.

Blended courses require at least 5 participants, with no maximum.

There is no minimum or maximum number. For any urgent courses or for any specific scheduling requests, however, please contact us.

Maintenance programme

After a course it is vitally important that the participants use English regularly, to maintain and consolidate their progress.
However, not all participants have this opportunity, and research shows us that without practice most of your training investment will inevitably be wasted.
To avoid this, all of our participants receive a maintenance course for 12 months after their course, with a regular series of bite-size exercises for both Business and General English and useful resources for performance support.
This service is exclusive to TJ Taylor and is included with all our corporate and full immersion courses.

Insightful reporting

As well as a dedicated account manager to help with any didactic or organisational requests, the training department receives:
1. Regular monthly reporting on all participants, and individual follow-ups for any specific issues
2. Pre-course and post-course assessment based on transparent and recognised standard European levels
3. Comprehensive evaluation of the communication abilities of each participant at mid and/or end-course.
For blended courses, there is also a constantly updated report available online to track all elearning activities, assessments and progress.
For Skill seminars the participants and/or the training department receive the third part of the list above.

Participants receive a comprehensive report detailing their progress in the course, their general communication abilities, and recommenda­tions for future study and progress.

Certificate

All participants receive a course completion certificate.

Cancellation policy

24 hours 24 hours 24 hours 30 days

Lessons can be cancelled and recouped with 24 hours' notice during a Business English, telephone or blended course.
Skills seminars can be cancelled and recouped up to 2 weeks in advance at no charge, though cancellations with less notice incur a charge.

Courses can be cancelled and recouped in the future up to 30 days in advance at no charge. Cancellations with less notice incur a charge from 20-75% depending on the number of days before the course.

Time to activate course

1-4 weeks 1-3 weeks 1-4 weeks 2-3 weeks /
6 in summer

Based on any specific schedule requests, the size of the course, and location.
However, this time is used for testing and interviewing the course participants, as well as designing the course programs and content.

From September to June 2 weeks is the minimum period needed to process a course booking. This increases to 6 weeks in July and August due to high demand for courses in the summer.
We recommend booking as far in advance as possible, especially if you need executive family accommodation.

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