New Language App Helps with Business Communication

Georgia Tech's Language Institute and Center for 21st Century Universities create app for non-native English speakers

August 07, 2018 | By GTPE Communications
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Georgia Tech’s Language Institute, in conjunction with the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U), has launched a new app aimed at helping non-native English speakers improve professional communication for successful business interactions.

The app, Speak English Professionally, is now available for download through both the Apple App Store and Google Play. The app is available for free and users are provided with a wide variety of self-paced and individualized learning modules on speaking English in a business setting. Videos and quizzes are designed to assist users with social and interviewing skills based on scenarios they may encounter in business settings primarily conducted in English.

“Today’s learners often use apps to supplement traditional courses in order to continue their education while leading busy, on-the-go lives,” said Matt Lisle, the director of educational technology for C21U. “By providing this type of instruction for free and through an app, Georgia Tech continues to lead in accessible, world-class educational instruction designed for current and future learners.”

The Language Institute and C21U partnered with e-learning production company Onlea to produce the app. The course materials are based on Georgia Tech’s preexisting Coursera specialization courses that are focused on speaking English professionally.

Since 1958, the Language Institute has offered high-quality English language training for students preparing for academic work in the United States and other individuals who hope to improve their language skills for social reasons. As a unit of Georgia Tech Professional Education, the Language Institute also serves professionals looking for career improvement through better language skills. While many lessons still take place in a physical classroom, resources like language learning MOOCs and apps allow the Language Institute to effectively reach a greater number of learners.

“We work hard to provide the best language learning experience in all our programs, and we hope this is reflected in each of our video lessons and online activities,” said Suzi Lee, an instructor and instructional designer for the Language Institute. “This app was developed to provide easy-to-follow speaking strategies and pronunciation practice opportunities so that learners can have access to meaningful language support and improve their overall professional communication.”

To try the app out for yourself, you can visit the Apple App Store or Google Play and download Speak English Professionally for free. The app requires iOS 9.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

You can learn more about the Georgia Tech Language Institute’s work and learning opportunities by visiting the GTLI website. Find out about C21U’s role in educational innovation at Georgia Tech by visiting the C21U website.