Training Industry Magazine - January/February 2019 - 46

G L O B A L
O U T LO O K

HOW TO CREATE EFFECTIVE LEARNING
FOR A GLOBAL, MULTILINGUAL TEAM
BY LEANNE BLANEY

By 2050, the world's population will
have increased to 9.7 billion people.
Thanks to ongoing advances in
technology, millions of these individuals
will operate and work remotely for
international businesses who will
have their headquarters based on a
different continent - or even a different
hemisphere. Indeed, for many this is
already their reality.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
estimates that between 2014 and
2024, the number of interpreters and
translators employed in the USA is
projected to increase by approximately
29 percent. Workers who have the
ability and knowledge to converse in
multiple languages and to understand
global cultures will be in high demand.
Consequently, students at higher level
institutes around the world are being
actively encouraged to study languages
and to avail every opportunity to travel
abroad.
So, what is the alternative for those who
have already completed their studies
and joined the workforce? How can
companies that have joined the global
market manage to cultivate and develop
global, multilingual teams? The secret
increasingly lies in embracing the power
of digital training solutions.
MAINTAINING A HIGH STANDARD OF
TRAINING WORLDWIDE
Online training solutions allow members
of a global, multilingual team to access
and undertake identical training to their
international colleagues, in their own
language, with regional and cultural

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differences considered. Online training
means that team members and their
managers can be confident that their
level of training, knowledge acquired
and assessments undertaken are on par
with their peers.
THE BENEFITS OF A BLENDED
TRAINING APPROACH
Traditional classroom training can be
a challenge, especially carried out on
an international scale, or when training
a multilingual audience. Relying on

MANY INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESSES AGREE
THAT TRAINING
DELIVERED IN THEIR
MOTHER TONGUE ARE
THE MOST EFFECTIVE.

individual tutors to lead and instruct
individuals
within
a
classroom/
workshop environment can be risky.
Much depends on the quality and
effectiveness of the teaching offered,
and it can be difficult to foolproof
the learning materials and delivery to
ensure that all learners undertaking
training experience the same standard
of teaching. This is particularly the case
when the training is being conducted
either by an instructor who is not
speaking in their mother tongue or is

being undertaken by learners who may
not be fluent in the language.
THE IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING IN
YOUR FIRST LANGUAGE
Research conducted by the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural
Organization
(UNESCO)
found that optimal learning within
primary school children was achieved
when conducted in the children's first
language. UNESCO and Oxfam have
adopted a similar approach when
educating adults within their initiatives
in Africa and Afghanistan, among other
destinations, and have recorded a high
degree of success.
Therefore, it makes sense why in recent
years business owners and companies
have been striving to ensure that
their learning initiatives and training
approaches follow the same mandate.
Indeed, many international businesses
universally agree that training delivered
in their mother tongue tended to be
the most effective and had the greatest
long-term impact on their workforce's
productivity and development. Yet,
studies have demonstrated that
at present, more than half of the
international companies surveyed did
not have a strong understanding of
available translation services and how
they could be utilized to help improve
their internal and external business
correspondence.
Furthermore, given that the provision
of a laptop or mobile device and Wi-Fi
enables workers to proactively embark
upon their online training experience,



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