Our client is a university that focuses on nurturing the leaders of tomorrow – leaders who will actively add value to local and international communities and industries.
As part of its long-term action plan the university aspires to equip its students for life in a globalised world, including through language education. In addition to efforts to reduce class size and provide a more personalised, intensive training experience for students, the plan sets the target of establishing new language courses and a digital educational platform for their delivery.
The university got in touch with us and commissioned us to develop an e-learning platform that would allow students to continue their learning outside limited class times, provide a rounded programme to improve overall language ability, but also target an improvement in TOEIC scores.
“We decided on Reallyenglish because their content was great and they had a successful track record for improving student outcomes for institutions like ours.”
All the faculties at the university wanted to introduce a programme focused on improving TOEIC scores to boost students’ employment prospects, but they also wanted the training to be as comprehensive as possible, so in addition they chose to include Practical English.
The university decided it would prefer not to use target scores – rather, the aim for students would be to familiarise themselves with the TOEIC test format and improve their basic English skills.
“The goal is to develop students’ basic skills and nurture the English skills necessary to secure a job. In the first-year subjects we aim to nurture English skills that can be used anywhere. In the second year English III and English IV are available, with English III being divided into four courses: ‘Communication’, ‘LL using CALL classroom’, ‘Reading’ and ‘Writing’.”
All courses are adapted according to the level of students, with the e-learning solution we introduced facilitating a much greater degree of customisation thanks to the personalised learning journeys it allows.
“Where this solution is so successful is in its ability to keep students motivated by setting goals along the way. At the end of the day, the teaching method – face-to-face or digital – shouldn’t matter. It’s the students’ determination to learn that makes the difference.”
The university has seen an improvement in student motivation levels as well as improved results from more targeted and intensive learning. As students can dip into the language course modules outside the classroom, they are getting more exposure to the language – all at a pace to suit them.
“Language acquisition is so important – it helps the world expand. Those who don’t speak a language have to rely on translations. We hope our students can take what they have learned in the e-learning programme and apply it in their chosen careers around the world.”