2016 Language Learning Trends Your Company Should Know

Feb 17, 2016 12:26:48 PM / by Lindsay Mullen

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What’s new in the world of global mobility? You probably know the big things: protecting an assignee’s financial information abroad, the latest rules for registering absentee voters and changing laws regarding the vaccines your assignee’s prized pet guinea pig needs before it can legally enter Guatemala. But there’s another industry you need to be keeping up on: language learning.

We’ve already spoken multiple times on how important language learning is to your assignees’ success abroad. But with new forms of learning available, it can be difficult to find what programs work best for what assignees at what times. Here are a few language-learning trends to keep in mind when helping an assignee prepare for life in another country:

Mobile learning

With smartphones nearly ubiquitous around the world and mobile Internet service available at the click of a mouse, language learning providers are working to get their products into learners’ phones. Whether it’s an app (like ours!) or a mobile-friendly site, assignees have more options than ever to learn on the go.

It’s important to remember that mobile learning is constantly changing, too. If you’re looking to invest in a language learning software for your assignees, don’t just settle for the top result in a Google search. Check to see what program offers a native app, offline learning (to keep data costs low) and cloud-based storage so that your assignee has the space to download as many podcasts as they want.

Tutoring options

A responsive learning platform is great, but what’s even better? A live tutor. Today, language learning providers are experimenting with offering on-demand help from a language tutor in order to provide a more personal and personalized experience. At Mango, we’ve recently booted up Mango Live, which connects a learner with an experienced teacher and native speaker to help them learn to speak like a native—and maybe even make a new friend in the process.

Gamification

Your coworkers in marketing are probably already very aware of the impact gamification can have in any industry. In the language learning market, providers are experimenting with programs that are less like a rote lesson and more like a fun game learners can play. Whether it’s a full-fledged language-learning adventure or a simple badge program that gifts assignees with a virtual reward after completing a lesson, turning language learning into a game is a great way to help assignees retain knowledge.

For more on how Mango is keeping up on these trends (and the awesome offerings we have for your assignees around the world) head over to our Global Mobility page. If you’re still looking for more info on how language learning positively impacts an assignment, check out our webinar: .

Topics: Corporate

Lindsay Mullen

Written by Lindsay Mullen

Lindsay Mullen is CEO of Prosper Strategies, working behind the scenes to support the Mango team's world of lovable language learning. A language aficionado herself, Lindsay oversees a team of marketers fluent in public relations, content development and strategy (and they speak some German, French, Spanish and Chinese as well.)

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