English may be regarded as the United Kingdom's 'mother tongue', but there are dozens of other languages spoken across the country. Hundreds of companies employ multilingual speakers in the modern era, several of whom may converse with family and friends in a different language to the one they use in the workplace.
In order to train multilingual speakers to the best of their ability, there are several factors worthy of consideration. Here, we explore how Learn with Mobile can provide a more rewarding educational experience for polyglot employees.
Cultural complexities and challenges
There are three main obstacles that inhibit the effectiveness of multilingual workforce training: native tongue, cultural familiarities, and financial restrictions.
It must be acknowledged that, whilst multilingual workers may be adept at communicating in the day-to-day workplace language, they may feel far more comfortable conversing in their own native tongue. It's significantly easier to digest new information when it's presented to us in a format we understand intimately. Learning in a second language, however, requires more time and thought.
It's true that all employees are expected to blend into a specific workplace culture over time, learning the business parlance and gaining knowledge of key industry phrases. However, teaching a whole new skillset involves a more specialised approach. For the best results, you need a programme that appeases the preferences of each individual person. Whilst your staff share the same workplace culture, their respective native cultures may be decidedly different.
Lastly, whilst many businesses would like to provide tailored training services for staff in their favoured language, many simply do not have the time, resources or budget to do so. Delivering this type of personalised tutoring is costly for the company, and locating an appropriate external programme may prove extremely troublesome.
Enhanced training for multilingual employees
With Learn with Mobile, employees can take advantage of a smart AI machine translation engine to receive training content in their first language. System text, buttons, and prompts are all automatically converted to any of the 64 most frequently spoken languages, as is any learning content created in the application. The administrator is granted complete freedom over translation tweaks to overcome oddities produced by any automated translator, and any parts of the text can be altered at any time if staff prefer a different word or phrase.
Ultimately, Learn with Mobile allows you to create content that feels “second nature” to every native speaker. Using a quality e-learning provider, you can develop a delivery system that fits the cultural inclinations of all staff within your team. Remote employees based in different countries can also receive content that feels natural to them given where they are in the world – encouraging faster-paced learning.
What's more, Learn with Mobile software knocks down the financial hurdles that stop companies from being able to teach in alternative languages. The system can be utilised as and when you require (removing the need to enrol staff on lengthy, expensive training courses) and accessed from anywhere (eliminating travel costs). Learn with Mobile is not just beneficial for employees, it's also financially efficient for the organisation that utilises it.
Tailored training for multilingual staff
The most effective way to educate your workforce involves personalising your training to each employee's unique learning preferences – and this extends to language and culture.
Learn with Mobile is designed with multilingual employees in mind, giving you the tools you need to quickly and easily adapt resources to the needs of individual learners.
If you're looking to educate in a fresh, affordable, and rewarding way, check out fully mobile responsive e-learning solutions using Learn with Mobile. Get started for free right now, or call the Ambidect team on +44 (0)1260 221292 if you have any questions.