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Does Learning a Second Language Help Graduates Get a Job?

Yes, says Naativ, the US-based English-as-a-second-language online platform.

Being able to connect with colleagues in a multinational company and the ability to look outside one’s home country for a job are just two reasons why learning English can open opportunities for the job seeker.

These days, students as far away as South Korea, China, and Japan can have the opportunity to learn the English language through a reputable program, so they are ready to speak a native level of fluency as soon as they reach their foreign destination.

Naativ is a new, English-as-a-second-language (ESL) online platform where every instructor is professionally trained in education and is a native-born American English speaking teacher. Even the curriculum was developed by a group of American educators.

The company, headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, employs advanced technology, such as videos, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and experiential instruction.

Ever make some embarrassing language faux pas in another country? That’s because they all have their own slang, idioms, and nuances. Something can mean something here, but something different in, say, England--which is a very different version of our language. It’s tough to master, said Naativ teacher, Mikelle Roach, adding that it’s also why the use of native-speaking English teachers make the program stand out.

“Conversation is the best way to learn a language, she said, “the two-way exchange is a form of experiential learning that immerses and engages the student.”

Added another teacher, Kathleen Skinner. “Naativ is committed to providing immersion style learning that will help kids all over the globe develop native-level fluency.”

Online learning: is it more effective than classrooms?

There are certain key elements that make online learning platforms more successful than the classroom, says Northeastern University, such as the fact that students have to be proactive learners—"owning the learning"—and that they don’t get called on but, rather, reach out to the instructors.

They also aren’t limited by geographic area; anyone can attend this kind of classroom.

Students learn in their own time and in their own way, which is more likely to make the information stick. In fact, studies show that many people across all backgrounds, races, sexes, and ages tend to learn better with online learning.

Naativ agrees—and that’s why the platform’s cornerstones are technology and experiential learning.

Says Naativ founder Chris Welch: “By embracing technology, we are no longer limited to the pages on a book, objects in a classroom, or even by geography or region. We can now create global experiences, and experiential learning is a way to optimize teaching."

He continued: “Artificial Intelligence (AI) machine learning (ML), augmented reality, and virtual reality are a few of the drivers that are changing the way that people learn and engage with one another. This includes learning a language.”

AI and ML free instructors from time-consuming administrative tasks, enabling them to adjust the learning process to each student for a more personalized experience, which is difficult to do in a traditional classroom.

Experiential learning also enables instructors to create a two-exchange that immerses and engages the student and allows them to practice through actual conversation, which is the best way to learn any language.

“Naativ is positioned to become a leader here,” said Chris Welch.

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