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2. Reading speed and comprehension

Customer: An International Bank

Objective

As an international bank this client wanted to improve employees' reading speed and comprehension in order to reduce the time they need to read documents and also to improve their Test scores in TOEIC®. The client considered reading to be the most important skill for their employees to improve.

Details

  • Course chosen: Need to Read
  • Learner levels: upper intermediate
  • Course duration: 3 months
  • Number of learners: 103
  • Course completion criteria: pass at least 48 lessons and submit at least 24 comments

Results

  • Course completion rate: 89.3% (on average a learner who finished the course also did 15% more studying than the minimum required)
  • Improved TOEIC® Score: 25% of learners took the TOEIC® test before, and again immediately after, the training; their TOEIC® scores increased an average of 83.2 points, which is an increase of more than 2 points per study hour.

Customer: An International Insurance Company

Objective

The client wanted to improve employees' reading speed and comprehension in order to reduce the time they need to read documents. Reallyenglish was asked to work with a team of in-house trainers to achieve the significant improvement required.

Details

  • Course chosen: e-Speed Reading
  • Learner levels: upper intermediate
  • Course duration: 3 months
  • Number of learners: 35
  • Course completion criteria: pass 36 lessons and take a final test
  • Total estimated hours of online study: 30

The company ran a blended training program, combining Reallyenglish with their own trainers teaching classes once a week; in addition to the online courses, Reallyenglish provided texts to be used in class in order to achieve a truly blended solution.

Results

  • Course completion rate: 94%

Average reading speed for the group increased 125 words per minute; for most this meant a doubling of their reading speed. Moreover, this came with no loss of comprehension – comprehension scores were either improved or maintained.