LANGUAGE TRAINING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

Our corporate headquarters is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. We also have an office in Orlando, Florida.

WHERE ARE LTC PROGRAMS OFFERED?

We operate language classes in over 40 states in the U.S. as well as in Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa. We have been successfully working worldwide with the federal government since 2000 providing training in over 60 locations nationally and internationally to government linguists.

In addition to on-site courses, we can conduct group classes or even make a home visit if desired. If a face-to-face class is not possible to arrange due to your schedule or location, we offer classes remotely via free platforms like Skype, FaceTime, AdobeConnect, Zoom, and WhatsApp.

HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH MY LANGUAGE CLASSES?

Start by completing the online needs analysis, and we will contact you to chat about your goals plans for study. After an initial discussion, if a language program with LTC sounds like a good fit, we’ll schedule an appointment to speak more in depth about your program either in person or over the phone, and plan your class and curriculum options!

DO YOU RECOMMEND PRIVATE OR GROUP TRAINING?

LTC recommends private training as this gives the participant individualized attention and allows LTC to tailor the program specifically for that person’s needs. Group classes are wonderful forums to support your ongoing one-on-one instruction.

HOW DO I IMPLEMENT A PRIVATE OR GROUP LANGUAGE PROGRAM AT MY WORKPLACE?

Contact us to get the conversation started. One of our language specialists would love to talk with you about your company’s language needs and determine what you want and need for success. Our curriculum coordinators will then develop a program best suited to your business or organization and put together the appropriate schedule for your group language program.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME FLUENT?

That depends. Gaining fluency or proficiency is individual, although there are several factors that play a key role in speeding up the process. These factors include: prior language, how often you practice language out of class, your personal motivation, and your natural language aptitude.

WHAT’S THE ACTFL SCALE, AND HOW CAN I READ IT?

We focus on proficiency (what you can or cannot do) rather than achievement (a numeric score) to assess your language level.

The ACTFL scale was developed by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages and provides values and ratings for each level of language proficiency. These guidelines represent a hierarchy of global characteristics of performance in speaking, listening, reading, and writing. You can learn more about the ACTFL scale to place, assess, evaluate, certify, hire, and qualify an individual’s language level by clicking here.

How can I read it? The ACTFUL guidelines describe a sample of a particular range of ability and include a ten-level scale. Again, each range identifies what it is you can or cannot do in the four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Why do we use the ACTFL scale? We rely on the ACTFL scale as it is currently being used worldwide by academic institutions, government agencies, and private corporations.

WHAT IF SOMEONE ALREADY KNOWS SOME OF THE LANGUAGE?

LTC will assess your language skills by using an online assessment and/or face-to-face assessment. Our language experts will combine and measure the results from your assessments and provide you with your current level and what you need to do to gain proficiency at that level and advance.

HOW DO WE KNOW IF OUR EMPLOYEES ARE PROGRESSING?

LTC can provide a holistic report that includes both global and local descriptions of your employee’s language progress at three key points—beginning, middle, and end. When we enter into an agreement to provide language instruction, we will use the number of total hours purchased (or planned) to determine the time table for the half-way point as well as the end point. Your report will explain what your employee is able to do in the language as well as areas that need more focus.

HOW MANY HOURS DO I NEED TO STUDY?

We recommend adult individuals study a minimum of once per week for 1.5 hours. Individuals who study in increments of 50 hours typically see clear progress throughout the program.

HOW MANY HOURS NEED TO BE PURCHASED AT ONCE?

Hours can be purchased in increments of 10 hours.

HOW IS THE CURRICULUM DEVELOPED?

Our curriculum coordinators carefully design your curriculum and instructional materials by combining information from your needs analysis, assessment(s), purpose of study, time constraints, learning styles, and goals.

Our coordinators work with YOUR instructor to plan a syllabus for your program and design the activities, tasks, and exercises that will make up your class. These include oral, written, and listening exercises as well as readings, role plays, and conversations. Your instructor will also supplement your learning with authentic materials such as podcasts, online resources, and many more!

Your curriculum plan is customized for you!

HOW ARE INSTRUCTORS CHOSEN?

Our instructors love language learning and education and are experienced and trained in our methodology. Their backgrounds are vast, ranging from linguistics to specific languages to education, among other areas of expertise. Instructors at minimum hold Bachelor’s degrees, though many hold advanced degrees.

Each instructor is carefully selected to work with you. Your instructor is selected by a program manager to guide you to achieve your language goals. Your instructors will also report progress, success, and emerging needs to program managers, who will then organize that information and relay it to you as well as any other representative who needs it.

WILL MY TEACHER BE A NATIVE SPEAKER OF THE LANGUAGE I’M STUDYING?

All LTC instructors have native proficiency in the language they teach.

WILL I KEEP THE SAME TEACHER THROUGHOUT MY LANGUAGE PROGRAM?

Probably, yes. Our first choice is always to keep students paired with the same teachers from start to finish. But in some circumstances – for example, if you go on extended vacation, miss 15 consecutive business days, or some other unforeseen problem occurs – you may be placed with a new teacher.

DOES LTC OFFER SCHOOL CREDIT?

Unfortunately no, we cannot arrange to transfer LTC coursework into credits for your school.

WILL LTC SUPPORT MY STUDENT VISA?

Unfortunately, at this time we cannot support student visas.

DO I NEED TO PASS A TEST OR GET ACCEPTED INTO AN LTC COURSE?

No, there are no prerequisites to take an LTC language training course. We welcome everyone, no matter your level of language expertise!

Thank You So Much, I Really Enjoy My Classes With Joyce I Love Her She Is Very Nice Teacher.

J. Nolaya

The Classes Have Been Great. My Knowledge Has Increased Tenfold, Thanks To My Classes And Personalized Curriculum. The One-On-One Nature Of The Classes Ensures That Learning Is Catered To You.

K. Singh

We meet virtually now. He even gave me a cooking lesson….he tried his best to do it in Japanese but we ended up doing most of it in English ????. While I may have learned less words, I certainly got to learn how to make tempura!!

Patrick (Student in Tokyo)

When Covid hit we were cautious allowing anyone but the patient in the office and this is a wonderful helping hand in the matter.

Interpreting Location Manager

I Would Recommend Ltc To Other Global Companies Requiring Interpretation Services. During Our Event, The Performance Of Ltc Made Me Feel At Ease Which Allowed Me To Focus My Attention On Other Aspects Of The Event. I Believe That When You Work With Ltc, You Will Receive A Professional And Efficient Team Of People Who Will Do Everything In Their Power To Deliver Excellent Service.

D. Hayden

My Classes With Connie Have Been Excellent. I Would Even Go So Far As To Say That They Have Exceeded My Expectations.

M. Bush

The ongoing lessons have helped break up the routine of quarantine and more importantly, a source of learning and personal improvement during these extraordinary times.

Jasmin (Student in Mexico City)

Several months of training with Judith passed very quickly. It was interesting, the atmosphere was great, I will miss our lessons!

Project Management Employee

This Year Went Very Well. The Interpreters Were There On Time Every Day And Very Helpful To Catherine. I Did Not Have To Think Twice About Their Service. Thank You.

C. Carol

Kazuko Is A Wonderful Teacher And A Super Sweet Person. Thank You For Your Services And Timely Responses In Everything. I Plan To Recommend Ltc To Any And Everyone I Know Interested In Language Learning. Thank You!

J. Brogan

Thank you so much to all of you for this workshop, I absolutely loved all the information you shared and will definitely continue to address cultural differences in class.

French Instructor

Gabi was afraid to tackle speaking, until we just starting talking. She has now put out a yoga video with her speaking English. She will teach this class twice a week.

Maggie (Teacher in Atlanta, GA)

I have to say that Karen has been an amazing teacher. She is very kind and always is searching the way to explain me everything. Always works in her class in advance. Long story short she is great.

Student from Mexico learning English

I cannot express enough great things about this experience. Jeancois was absolutely fantastic- professional, flexible, and dynamic- qualities I have found that some interpreters don’t always demonstrate when working with the pediatric population.

Bilingual Professor

Joseph was an excellent instructor. He was very dedicated to teaching me the language skills I needed for my upcoming assignment.

Student from Government Program

The Classes With Katelyn Are Amazing. I Am Very Happy To Have Her As My Professor. She Is An Amazing Teacher And An Excellent Person. I Am Learning A Lot From Her. She Is Very Patient, Responsible, Punctual, Very Clear, And With Great Experience Teaching. She Is Helping Me A Lot To Improve My English.

Anonymous

I really LOVE my Portuguese classes and Juliana is TERRIFIC… I never had a teacher as great as Juliana, she is amazing and it is teaching me not only to talk in Portuguese but also about the Brazilian culture that is helping me a lot to understand the way they communicate…

Student in Mexico

I Really Have Appreciated The Classes With Nancy – She Is Wonderful Teacher And I Was Very Motivated To Learn More (And Always Felt Badly When I Struggled Because She Inspires One To Want To Be/Do Better). I Am Very Appreciative Of Having Had This Opportunity To Work With All Of You. It Is One Of The Very Best Language Classes I Have Taken In Years.

A. West

Thanks Wendy for all your help! You are a terrific manager. What a difference between my GLobal LT experience and working with you!!

Teacher

I would like to commend Catherine Thille for her professionalism. The sessions were always on time and well structured.

French Student

Juliana is even more than an amazing Portuguese teacher but also a cultural expert and a very lovely person. I will really miss her a lot…

Portuguese Student

Thank you both very much for all you do. This translation project will go incredibly far in informing many of our Veterans and their families, on the important facts and information surrounding our current pandemic.

EEO Specialist (Equal Employment Opportunity)

I can say only that Ruth is an amazing teacher. I am absolutely satisfied with our classes. Thank you so much for your attention.

Language Training Student

I have had wonderful interpreters from LTC in the past, who have done a great job providing precise and accurate interpretation. Ms. Li, however, goes far above and beyond what is expected. I’m so very grateful for her exceptional service to both this family and to ZCS.

Director of Student Services

It was the 3rd class with Kathy today. She is the best English trainer I’ve ever met. Her lessons really work good. So far I have nothing I need to ask you.

Nissan student from Japan.

I’m so grateful to have you interpreting these important and complex issues for our student!

Current ASL Client

I appreciate you, Anya and Lauren for leading the training. It was very beneficial and I got to immediately use some of the material in my class.

Language Training Workshop Teacher

I Enjoyed Studying With LTC. I Am Grateful For The Great Work With Ana And Her Professionalism To Customize Themes And Her Support In My Daily Life. I Feel More Comfortable With My Language.

D. Triviño

I Hope All Is Well. I Wanted To Follow Up Regarding The Translating Last Weekend. The Gentleman Helping Us Was Fantastic. He Was The Epitome Of Customer Service And Was So Knowledgeable. He Is The Biggest Asset You Have At Your Company.

Anonymous

I Wanted To Take The Time To Thank You For Your Amazing Services, Both Tom And Hayley Were Tremendous Help Onsite And Even Prepping For It. Looking Forward To Doing Business With You Guys In The Future.

D. Henriquez

I Appreciate Your Qualified Language Training Program Very Much. You Made It Possible To Improve My Knowledge In The English Language In A Lot Of Ways: A Significant Increase Of Vocabulary, Repetition And Consolidation Of Grammar And Practice The English Language By Using It In Conversations During Every Lesson. I Be Very Thankful For All They´ve Done And I´ll Always Recommend Your Institution In The Future.

C. Muth

On behalf of Freedom House, I would like to sincerely thank you for you and your team’s services today. Your presence helped us to ensure that the event went smoothly and that all of the attendees were able to participate. Thank you so much!

Freedom House

The LTC Is The Best English Training Compared To My Previous Language Training Experience Because They Really Understand What I Needed And The Important And Suitable Materials Useful To Apply At My Work. They Give Me Confident To Speak In English And My Writing Is Improving.

D. Sriyunilawati

Overall, I Thought The Course Was Fantastic. I Feel Like I Learned A Lot And Improved Significantly. Astrid Is A Great Professor. She Took The Class Seriously And Made It Enjoyable. She Did A Great Job Of Recognizing Everyone’s Weaknesses And Helping Us Improve On Them. She Focused On Improving Our Grammar While Also Keeping The Class Conversational. The Lessons Were Well Prepared And Focused On Areas We Needed To Learn, Not Just By-The-Book. It Felt Like The Class Was Tailored To The Student’s Abilities. I Am More Than Satisfied.

K. Corrigan

Thank you so much for your interpretation service – it has been a blessing to work with you and has been so helpful in a meaningful way!

Current ASL Client

Thank You For All Of Everyone’s Help With Fumiya. We Have All Seen Him Grow With The Ability To Communicate On The Daily Tasks. I Will Defiantly Keep You On My Contacts In Future Situations Thank You Again Have A Great Day.

J.

Thank you for organizing these workshops for teachers, we learn so much from each other and grow to be better instructors.

Language Training Instructor

Thank you. I appreciate what you do to help our Company succeed with better communication for our fellow employees.

Director of Human Resources – Staffing Company

There phone interpretation service is a very easy and convenient service for us to use when we are seeing patients in the office. Douglas Price is a great person there and is very good at communicating with our practice and helping us with anything we need. Great company!

Practice Manager

I Really Enjoyed My Time With Christine, She Is Amazing, As I Told You She Helped Me A Lot Improving My Conversation Skills. The Classes Were Really Dynamics\ And I Never Felt Like I Was In A Strict Class. I Want To Say Thank You Again And I Hope In The Future To Take The Training Again. I Will Recommend Ltc With My Venezuelan And Latin Friends.

F. Inciarte

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