Top 7 Platforms to Improve English in Your Organisation
Technology offers HR professionals and business managers a plethora of solutions to make our lives easier. Or, at least it tries. It doesn’t matter if you’re migrating from an outdated system or looking to implement something in a new business from scratch; sometimes the main challenge is simply choosing the right solution from the vast variety of options.
Swiping right with Business English Learning software
If you’re just looking for a list of our top picks for English learning software for your employees, scroll down.
But before you do, we strongly recommend you ask yourself (and your HR team, if need be) some very important questions:
Like, “What is my budget”? or “How many employees do I need to improve?” Those are pretty obvious questions, so how about something more complex? For example: the English level of your employees and their available time to practice, as well as each employee’s specific needs and learning curve -- these can all affect your choice. The technological skills of your team and of other users for these systems play a role as well. So, ask as many questions as you can, and as you answer them, you’ll have a better understanding of the HR tech needs of your organization.
The most important step to choosing the right English learning software for you is evaluating your employees' needs in depth and creating a list of “must have” and “nice to have” features and capabilities you require from the solution (or solutions) you desire. Then do what we like to call “the Tinder method for product selection” – go over available solutions within your price range, and then pick the one (or ones) that answer all your needs, or at least contain the “must haves.”
Much like on Tinder, you might come across features and attributes you haven’t considered and didn’t think you might need. You can swipe right on those too. Once you’ve narrowed your list down, put them to the test by Googling user and customer reviews of your finalists.
To help you out on this challenging mission, we’ve collected 7 of the best solutions out there for various English learning software. The way we chose this top 7 list is based on the following:
Ease of use
Customer reviews we sourced online
1. Rosetta Stone (Pricing available by quote only)
Rosetta Stone is a renowned English learning platform. It comes with speech recognition technology, and learners have a chance to acquire three skills, but namely reading and writing. Learners normally get a flashcard-based syllabus which guides them through the lessons, making the learning process proceed smoothly. It also offers an accent coach that helps the learner pronounce and speak proper English. It has online and offline options, providing flexibility in connectivity.
2. LoroTalk (Pricing starts at $0 - free)
Did you really think we wouldn’t place ourselves on the list? It’s not undeserved! Why? Because LoroTalk is the only app on this list that is tailored to meet the employee day-to-day professional needs and offers all-in-one solution for employee English learning, including personalized one-on-one learning with a tutor and allowing each employee's specific needs to be addressed.
Finally, and probably the best feature of all: LoroTalk has a friendly Operational Management Dashboard for HR managers, where they can control and monitor employee progress, track usage, and customize the app to the needs of the organization.
LoroTalk offers several packages, prices are affordable, and it is most suitable for those who would love to improve their professional/business English skills using offline practice and online tutoring available 24/7.
3. Verbling (Pricing changes according to the teacher)Verbling is a market place that connects learners with a teacher through video chat. Its mission is to enable people to master English and other foreign languages. The platform is a direct connection without the need for external tools. It is available around the clock, allowing people in different time zones manage their own learning. The platform offers variety of teachers from all over the world that are rigorously vetted to ensure that they meet the required standards. The platform offers an option to be connected with teachers specialized in business English, but that requires paying a premium rate.
4. Duolingo (Free)
Duolingo prides itself for its huge number of subscribed users worldwide and we can not write about English learning softwares without mentioning it. It offers several languages, including English, and it is free to use. Learning is offline, but the app does not offer online practice with tutors, which does not give learners speaking practice. It is very user-friendly, has a great UX/UI, and covers all the basics needed. Employees who are interested in improving Basic English will find the platform very useful, while those looking for Business English will find it inadequate.
5. Hellotalk (Pricing starts at $0 - free)
Hellotalk is a mobile app tailored for beginners and offers learners a chance to develop their verbal communication skills. Those looking to learn English have access to a WhatsApp-like messaging platform where they can connect with English Native speakers through voice chat or messaging which can improve both speaking and writing skills. With the tool, it is possible to edit errors in a conversation. For beginners, translation features are available.
6. Global English (Pricing available by quote only)
Global English solution offers a variety of features designed for global organizations, such as engaging multimedia content to help learners build business knowledge while they learn Business English and online tutoring. The main advantage of this service is their long history of providing reliable business solutions to clients. Unlike with other, newer services, you can rest assured this one isn’t going anywhere for many years to come.
7. FluentU (Pricing is $15/$30 per month, per user)
FluentU uses videos to personalize English learning. While it is not tailored to a learner’s level, goals, and needs, one will find a huge collection of English videos made by English-speaking people and will be able to choose the ones that suit him best. These videos are fun and friendly, can be on topics such as music, news, inspiration, or movie trailers. Learners can watch speakers well-versed in the language, use it in a natural setting, and the fact that it comprises of videos means one can watch and listen at their own convenience.
It’s All About You and What Your Employees Need
With your needs and demands well defined, you should have an easier time navigating the seas of English Learning apps for your business. We hope that our list of recommendations will steer you toward a solution to answer those needs. If you think we’ve missed a particularly awesome software or solution – be sure to let us know in a comment.