FLSAS: Executive Foreign Language Training.
improve foreign language proficiency
become culturally prepared
Foreign Language Immersion
Executives & Professionals
25+ languages / 40+ countries
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
FLSAS’ Executive Foreign Language Training programs are for Executives & Professionals:
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 cultural preparedness training before doing business in a country;
those for whom learning a foreign language is not the way they prefer to spend their time.
and even those who suffer from xenoglossophobia.
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.
You have three options:
100% Total Language Immersion (Living in the Home of the Host Teacher), or
“Almost” 100% Total Language Immersion (Going to the Home of the Host Teacher for Lessons, but not living in the home of the host teacher)
Attending a Foreign Language Institute for Private Tutoring
FLSAS Executive Foreign Language Training Programs are Active Language Learning Programs. That means that, unless otherwise requested, one part of your language instruction will be spent in lessons with texts and materials, 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. 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.
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 in one week? 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.
Selection of Hosts/Teachers:
We know that many people may be apprehensive about living in the home of a “complete stranger.”
Some Additional Comments:
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 it can be a bit more complicated such as preparing yourself for a trade show where not everyone will speak English, giving a presentation in another country, attending a meeting or a seminar in another language. 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.
If you study a foreign language for two weeks, you will not become fluent, no matter what some programs promise. Fluency is not the goal; that is a long term project. 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, learn about their culture, their holidays, their sports, their values, learn something about “where they are coming from” or “what makes them tick.” If you make the effort to converse with them, just a little bit, even at the basic level, you will be that much closer to knowing them and liking them and having them know, like and trust you.
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.