executive language immersion
improve foreign language proficiency
Foreign Language Immersion /
Executives & Professionals
25+ languages / 40+ countries
FLSAS’ Executive Language Programs are for:
those who need to improve present foreign language skills;
those who are just beginning their foreign language learning experience;
those who want foreign language and some cultural preparedness training before doing business in a country;
and those for whom learning a foreign language is not the way they prefer to spend their time.
We offer programs that make maximum use of your limited time. A short time spent in a country that speaks the language you are learning will accomplish a good deal. It is a practical use of your time and money.
FLSAS Executive Language Programs are Active Language Learning Experiences. That means that, unless otherwise requested, one part of your language instruction will be spent in more traditional lessons, and the other part will be spent out “in the street” using what you know (even if only the basics). It is an exciting way to learn with dynamic results.
You learn the foreign language the way you learned your own language; you are living it; you are learning the language of your playground. The final distribution of actual formal lessons, and activity lessons will be up to you. You can request special vocabularies and to meet people in your field.
Unless you choose otherwise, lodging will be in a homestay. You need to live in a situation where you continuously hear only the target language. The hardest part of foreign language learning is mastering everyday conversations. You can best get that type of conversational exchange in a homestay.
HomeStays are with executive appropriate hosts. There are 4 categories: Standard, Standard Plus, Business and Luxury. Private bathrooms are definitely available. The educational level of the hosts is high. You are matched with hosts who share some of your interests. Sharing mutual interests facilitates conversation… and language learning.
For those who are skeptical and have not had a total foreign language immersion experience before… If you only have one or two weeks, how much can you learn living the language for only one or two weeks? Definitely much more than if you do not go at all. You have to take advantage of every opportunity, even if it is only one week. If you wait till you have something more ideal – 4 weeks or 6 weeks or longer – you will probably never do it… and you will miss out on business opportunities.
Please let us know what type of executive language program you require …
Length of Stay
Number of Participants
Present Proficiency Level (Absolute Beginner is perfectly OK)
and what you want to accomplish?
improve your conversation skills
learn a new language
prepare for a trade show
prepare for a presentation in another language
better understand clients or employees
learn about the culture of your clients or employees (being culturally aware and culturally prepared is a necessary part of doing business globally).
■ We will arrange a executive language course to meet your requirements and give you the costs. Almost nothing is impossible. Unusual requests require more advance planning.
Some Additional Comments:
•Developing a rapport with your clients is the proper way to begin the business or professional relationship. “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
•Knowledge of their language will be an asset. It will show your clients that you take an interest in them personally, and are not just interested in their money.
•You do not have to be fluent or speak in perfect sentences. A little bit of effort goes a long way. It may be as simple as being able to ask your clients in their own language about their family members or about their favorite sports team or about their vacation or their hobbies. Even if you speak primarily in English (or other native language), having the basics of the language of the country makes a good first impression. And, yes, you will make mistakes and people might laugh, with you, not at you.
•If you study a foreign language for one or two weeks, you will not become fluent, no matter what some programs promise. Fluency is not the goal; that is a long term project. Communication is the real short term goal. The real, most important short term reason to learn a foreign language, when you only have a limited amount of time, is to show your clients that you are interested in knowing more about them.
Very simply, spending even a limited amount of time in a country where the language is spoken will improve your foreign language proficiency skills much more quickly.
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