Language Audit

A complex language audit of employees is a great tool for improving work efficiency, making cost savings by identifying any unproductive existing training, and generally improving company culture. The results of the audit can also help managers to create motivational plans and to manage human resources. We are able to create a tailor-made audit according to the customers’ specific needs.

Our language audit usually consists of the following elements:

  • Analysis of employees’ language levels
  • Analysis of the company’s language needs
  • Proposal of an individual educational program, based on the results of the analysis

The main advantages of the language audit are:

  • Independent and complex evaluation of all language skills: conversation, listening, grammar, vocabulary, reading and writing
  • Precise determination of current language level according to the criteria of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
  • Designation of a detailed study goal
  • Adjustment of a study plan for the company and future students
  • Positive motivation for students
  • An example of the language audit’s structure (variable, as per the particular needs of the client)
  • Telephone interview (15 minutes) – every-day questions, testing of general communication skills (evaluation of the following categories: grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, fluency of speech and overall communication skills)
  • Personal interview (15 minutes) – questions about their work environment and motivation for the lessons, testing of general and specialized communication skills (evaluation of the following categories: grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, fluency of speech and overall communication skills)
  • Entrance test focusing on grammar and vocabulary (25 minutes) – 60 questions with answers focused on business language (evaluation is carried out on the basis of points scored)
  • Writing skills (15 minutes) – the task is to write an informal email, in which the writers effectively present information and show that they are able to communicate clearly and effectively.

The result of the language audit is a comprehensive overview of your employees’ language skills, an evaluation of the language needs for each position in the company, and a proposition of an educational program which will help you achieve your language goals. As a result of this thorough analysis there is a lower expense on language education, and the education is more effective. The language audit is also evaluated by an independent authority and is always completely objective. The output of the complex language audit of your employees will include:

  • An overall summary of the language levels of the company’s employees
  • Individual evaluations for each of the participants of the language audit
  • A recommendation of the type and content of future study programs

Evaluation of the language audit

You will receive the overall evaluation of the language audit 7 working days after the final day of testing.

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages provides the basis for the preparation of language textbooks, tests, exam materials, etc. It also provides a thorough description of how students should utilize the particular language, so they can put their knowledge to practical use. Language skills are divided into three basic levels, which are each divided into a further two levels:

  • Beginner – level A1 (Breakthrough) and A2 (Waystage)
  • Intermediate – level B1 (Threshold) and B2 (Vantage)
  • Advanced – level C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency) and C2 (Mastery)
The document outlines each individual level of language skill as follows:
A1He/she understands well-known everyday expressions and basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. He/she can introduce himself/herself and other people and he/she is able to ask simple questions about personal information, for example about the place he/she lives, about people he/she knows, and about things he/she knows – and he/she can answer these questions as well. He/she is able to understand and he/she is able to communicate, provided the other speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to help him/her.
A2He/she understands sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance to him/her (for example – basic information about him/her and his/her family, shopping, local geography and employment). He/she is able to communicate in simple and common tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. He/she can, in a simple way, describe their own family, people around them, and matters that concern their most important needs.
B1He/she understands the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered at work, at school, during his/her free time, etc. He/she is able to cope with most situations that occur whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. He/she can write a simple connected text on topics he/she knows well or is interested in. He/she can describe experiences and important events, dreams, hopes and goals, and is able to briefly explain and give reasons for his/her opinions and plans.
B2He/she is able to understand the main ideas of complex texts both on concrete and abstract topics – including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. He/she can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. He/she is able to write clear and detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C1He/she understands a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and can recognize implicit meaning. He/she is able to communicate fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. He/she can use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. He/she can produce clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2He/she easily understands almost everything he/she hears or reads about. He/she can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. He/she is able to express himself/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.