Whether you need General, Business, Executive, Technical or Exam training will depend on your specific needs, goals, and context. We recommend that all of our clients take advantage of our free consultation service which will identify your requirements and give you guidance on how best to improve in the shortest amount of time. All of our language training courses are fully flexible and are designed to build your confidence with communicating in the new language.
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✅ Focus on the areas you choose, including areas of weakness or difficulty
✅ Course content is tailored to your specific interests and requirements
✅ Work with a trainer who has first-hand experience of your industry
✅ Track your progress with ongoing assessments and recommendations
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General language training gives you all-round knowledge of a language and culture. All General Language courses over the four main skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. They also cover the key areas vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation. The main focus is to develop communicative fluency, accuracy and confidence through a systematic approach to grammar, vocabulary and skills work. Typical thematic content includes daily routine, travel, weather, food, health and local culture, with participants free to suggest their own topics of interest. A General Language Course is recommended for companies wishing to provide language training as a staff incentive.
When relocating it is often necessary for the whole family to learn a new language. With more than 15 years of experience delivering language courses internationally our general language courses offer ultimate flexibility for the whole family. You, your partner, and your children, can start learning a language with Cactus before leaving for the new country, and continue learning with Cactus once you have arrived and settle in the new destination. It’s that easy.
Many of our clients offer group courses in a range of languages, delivered in-company at their offices, during lunchtime or straight after work, as an employee benefit. This not only increases staff retention and staff satisfaction it also increases your employees’ skill set and prepares them for future engagement with international markets.
Getting on a plane for work is so common place now that everyone seems to do it. However, this does not negate the difficulties that both language and cultural barriers can bring to your employees, even if the majority of their negotiations and communication is done through the medium of English. Simple greetings, being able to order food, make small talk or give a compliment in the local language can go a long way towards securing success for your business. It can also make your staff feel more at ease and more comfortable in their role when on business trips.
The key focus of all our business language courses is to develop fluency, accuracy and confidence within a business context and to reflect your specific working environment. You can expect to improve your competence in the target language using meaningful real-world contexts relevant to your profession. Although exact course content and training format will be determined after a process of consultation, typical topics may include internal and external communications, negotiations, meetings, business etiquette and liaison with clients and suppliers. All of this will be carefully underpinned by relevant functional, thematic and cultural content, preparing you for successful business relations at any level.
Employees are often required to relocate to another country due to their specific skill-set, experience, or level of expertise. They are not always fluent in the local language and although fluency is not always a pre-requisite more often than not some knowledge of the local language is required to achieve optimum success in the new environment. When operating in a business context in the new country our business language courses are essential preparation, even if only a conversational level of the language is required.
For those employees who are required to succeed in international markets, whether they are communicating with clients, customers, partners or suppliers, confidence and competence in real-life business situations is key. Our business language courses identify then work on the most salient areas that need to be mastered in order to drive results.
It is important that international teams are able to share ideas, knowledge, and skills. For some team members, whether they are managing up, down or to the side, being able to do this in another language is necessary for their role, and for the organisation’s success. Fluent communication between multi-lingual teams and offices can be achieved with our business language courses.
Our Executive Language Courses are aimed at middle and senior management professionals, directors and CEOs who require foreign language competence for high level business situations. From business negotiation strategies to implementing directives and conducting small talk at official engagements, these courses equip executives with the skills and confidence to succeed in any business situation. They also contain a valuable cross-cultural element to help clients understand the etiquette of business development, negotiating terms and finalising agreements in their target market. Clients require a minimum A2 (elementary) level in their target language.
Our Executive Language Courses give professional a high level of linguistic and cultural training, enabling them to succeed in global markets. The courses are excellent preparation for meetings, negotiations, talks, presentations, networking and conferences. The training is customised to meet individual requirements and goals.
If you have very specific language needs relating to your work or personal interests, we recommend a Technical Language Course. The key focus here is to develop your techical vocabulary and industry-specific lexis for a particular sector or area. Designed to not only improve your general language awareness, a Technical Language Course will address the specific linguistic demands of various work environments specific to you. As a doctor, for example, it is critical that the medical language you use is accurate at all times.
Through consultation with our Academic Team we will tailor a course plan to your exact specification using trainers with related technical knowledge. A Technical Language Course is necessary for those who work in a field or area that requires highly targeting training with specialist trainers such as medicine, finance, energy, and pharmaceuticals.
An exam training course is useful where a candidate has set targets and needs to provide proof of language ability for work or personal reasons. The course prepares a client for the exam of their choice in the language they are studying, by focusing on the exam techniques needed to achieve the highest possible grades. Courses are intense and effective in helping clients to master a language in a short period of time. Cactus provides exam preparation and technique practice for: English (IELTS, FCE, CAE, CPE, ISE, GESE); Spanish (DELE, CELA); French (DELF, DALF); German (TestDaF, Goethe); other European languages (TELC).
Exam training courses are necessary and valuable preparation for internationally recognised language qualifications. The certifications provide proof of linguistic competence to professional, immigration and governmental bodies and they are excellent for your CV and to improve future career prospects.