LinguaTV honoured by Interactive Media Awards 2010
LinguaTV has been awarded Outstanding Achievement in Website Development by the Interactive Media Awards™ for its work on its language learning platform LinguaTV.com. The honor recognizes that the project met and surpassed the high standards of excellence that comprise the web’s most professional work. The site was honored specifically for excellence in the category “Training/Vocational Education”.
The judging consisted of various criteria, including design, usability, innovation in technical features, standards compliance and content. In order to win this award level, the site had to meet strict guidelines in each area — an achievement only a fraction of sites in the IMA competition earn each year.
Philip Gienandt, CEO of LinguaTV, said, "It's a great honour to have our work recognized by the Interactive Media Awards. We feel strongly that our projects are world-class examples of how the Internet and Online-Video can be used to improve vocational training efficiency and better reach educational goals. This accolade is further proof of this fact."
More information about the Interactive Media Awards at www.ima.com.
Berlin – The vast majority of German workers are not fluent in business English even though they often work with international exports. “This is especially a problem for the middle class, which is heavily dependent on foreign customers and they must compete globally. In the end, the highest quality products made in Germany amount to nothing, if they cannot be well communicated due to language barriers”, declares Philip Gienandt, Managing Director of the language platform LinguaTV.
He refers to the alarming numbers found in a study by the Association for Consumer Research (GfK). According to that, only 2.1 percent of the employees surveyed can speak fluent English. 65.5 percent admit that they have little knowledge. Many companies are becoming increasingly sensitive and are answering the problem by striving to offer language courses. The offer is usually received with open arms, as Philip Gienandt reports: “Language courses in this country are the most widely used training opportunity. Employees finally understand how important language skills are for business success and their career”.
With its language learning platform, LinguaTV already supports many companies of all sizes, from all industries, to meet a key challenge: the intelligent combination of language learning and careers. Everyday working life doesn’t often leave time for employees to participate in classroom activities to acquire language skills and great absences should be avoided. LinguaTV offers a flexible alternative. Through video-based online language courses and interactive exercises, participants can successfully continue their “Business English”, and other important languages, part-time. Also, LinguaTV already has German as a foreign language on offer for foreign employees.
The structure of the language course and the possibility of mobile use, makes it viable to integrate the offer into regular work life. So LinguaTV is not only available on the work computer, but also on all mobile devices and it can be used at every possible opportunity in any place. “This seamless integration of our courses into work life continually causes participants to fall back on our B2B section of the e-learning platform”, says managing directior Philip Gienandt about the growing demand for modern learning methods for the acquisition of language skills in the workplace.
Let’s hope that two thirds of the people surveyed in the GfK study take the opportunity to improve their low language skills. An offer like this is too good to miss.
Berlin / Karlsruhe – The LEARNTEC is one of the most important educational fairs in Europe. It is a meeting point for both E-learning providers and for professional educators alike. As such, the international trade fair from February 4th to 6th 2014 in Karlsruhe, puts the future of learning with IT, in the focus. By “future learning” you engage in a major topic that also plays an important role for the e-learning specialists of LinguaTV: The development of modern, sustainable techniques for learning foreign languages on the Internet.
At the united stand of the high-tech association BITKOM (E62.1) LinguaTV presents sophisticated online video languages courses, and thus gives insight into the direction of language learning via the Internet in the future: Audiovisual, individual, mobile and flexible. Special highlights of the fair presentation from LinguaTV will be the introduction of the beta-version of an innovative pronunciation trainer and the presentation of a new multimedia vocabulary trainer. In addition, visitors at LEARNTEC will be shown new learning content, including German as a Foreign Language and Technical English. By having such courses the E-learning specialists are responding to the growing demand and completing the courses for all levels.
“With the new features that we have developed for our audio-visual approach, which adapts to the individual learning progress of the users, we provide a sustainable language learning process for the future now”, explained LinguaTV Managing Director Philip Gienandt. Particularly in respect to the composition of the individual components, the company is once again one step ahead of traditional e-learning: As part of its video-language training, LinguaTV combines the acquisition of language skills – vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation – with native speakers, flexibility and sustainability.
Practical scenes and interactive exercises ensure that learned language knowledge can be applied and firmly set in ones memory. The mobile availability of the offer, without installation or app, also allows locally flexible language learning on a variety of devices. “LinguaTV can thus be used independently of time and location and be seamlessly integrated into everyday lives. Exactly how it works will be demonstrated at LEARNTEC”, announced Philip Gienandt. The language-learning platform currently offers courses in the foreign languages English, Spanish, French, Italian and German.
Further information on tickets can be found at http://www.linguatv.com/messekontakt_learntec.html
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Berlin – Companies can now use new ways of training their employees with a course from LinguaTV.com as an app. In a time in which German companies are increasingly communicating in English – for example with foreign customers or business partners – the employees require linguistic qualifications. What has only been possible in the classroom through seminars or schools with a high cost, has now shifted to the mobile devices of employees, through the multimedia apps provided by LinguaTV.
Language courses such as “Business English” and “English on the Phone” are available anywhere and at any time, along with lessons and exercises on demand for your convenience: At work, home, on the road, or commuting by bus or train. "We combine innovative learning techniques with the advantages of the mobile Internet for well-rounded language training, in a modern way that is flexible – and cost saving for companies – that can be integrated into the everyday work of employees”, explained Philip Gienandt, Managing Director of Lingua TV GmbH (www.linguatv.com).
The language learning applications confront the user with realistic conversational situations that are acted by native speakers, in an audio-visual approach to learning. You train the correct pronunciation of vocabulary and further increase your knowledge of foreign languages by doing exercises such as multiple choice, gap texts and video quizzes, thus instilling what you’re learning. “The close proximity of the situations to everyday work puts employees in a position to implement knowledge of a new language more quickly into practice”, said the LinguaTV Managing Director. This quick return is further added value for companies who invest in the various apps “Business English”, “English for travel” and “English on the Phone”.
The latter is an especially good example: The comprehensive course of 10 lessons and around 400 exercises equips the user with authentic phone calls regarding key issues in professional practice – including the coordination of appointments, processing booking requests and receiving orders – specific to telephone, in English. The "Business English" training, however, shows the corporate life from abroad and covers several different areas of work such as sales, finance, purchasing and human resources, among others.
The language training courses from LinguaTV are available as apps for the iPhone and iPad, as well as web applications for all major operating systems and browsers for PC / Mac, smartphones and tablet PCs with the operating system Android.
Berlin / Brussels – The EU-Commission sees great opportunities for Information and Communication Technology in Education. The two commissioners, Neelie Kroes and Androulla Vassiliou, aim to create an appropriate training reform towards a new type of learning. Over the last two decades, the Internet has expanded into more and more areas of life. It is also being used increasingly for education and training. Therefore, teachers no longer act as classic gatekeepers, but rather as guides through the different ways of acquiring knowledge by digital means.
“Learn anywhere, anytime. Learn from customised offers rather than the standard. It is about the real integration of technology into the classroom of the 21st Century”, declared Neelie Kroes, EU-Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, regarding their vision. In the area of learning foreign languages this is already a reality. Language learning platforms such as LinguaTV.com already provide appropriate opportunities to seamlessly integrate the Internet as a medium into a variety of teaching methods. On top of everything else, the web-based video language courses from the Berlin E-Learning Specialists – without installing any Apps – are available on a variety of mobile devices.
“We are pleased that the policy now recognises the need for the integration of new information and communication technology into education and training. The opportunities that arise from this, we have demonstrated with our language learning platform for some time: Efficient learning from anywhere at any time – with greater flexibility and motivation” explained Philip Gienandt, Managing Director of LinguaTV GmbH. In this context, he welcomes the new reform proposals of the EU-Commission and hopes for a quick implementation.
Berlin, Germany - As one of the first online-language platforms, LinguaTV.com has optimised its offer for mobile use. The award-winning video-platform doesn’t even require the use of native apps.
"Our users can use the entire platform without any installation both at the computer and on the notebook, or even on the move via tablet and smartphone. Doing so, they can benefit from the same learning environment, the same functions and the identical contents”, declares Philip Gienandt, CEO of LinguaTV.com. LinguaTV realises the entire terminal adaptivity with HTML5. The system automatically recognises the terminal and operating system and delivers the appropriate format.
"With our mobile language courses, we also offer a professional, effective and entertaining way of learning English, Spanish, French, Italian and German as a foreign language on the road. The aim of our courses is to practice listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation in context and fix them firmly in mind”, says Philip Gienandt.
The video lessons provide realistic conversational language knowledge of foreign languages in a funny and memorable way. Interactive exercises in the form of multiple choice, gap text or video quiz will help to check the acquired knowledge and improve it. A pronunciation trainer and a vocabulary trainer, geared to the individual level, accompany the respective language course.
The e-learning specialists have not shied from hard work in the transition to the Mobile Learning: more than 1000 videos of the LinguaTV’s Language courses have been rendered and compressed again. Many interactive exercises were revised and reprogrammed to not depend on the use of Flash. “Doing so we provide a better availability of our services abroad and in structurally weaker areas without fast internet connection. Secondly, all content of LinguaTV are thus also available on all iOS devices from Apple that don’t support Flash”, adds Mr. Gienandt.
Berlin - Orlando / Berlin - Headquartered in Orlando, the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) will educate employees of the hotel and the hospitality industry worldwide, linguistically with innovative online language courses from the German e-learning specialist, LinguaTV.
Both organisations have entered into an agreement on the use of the e-learning offer, which is specifically tailored to the hotel and tourism industry.
“We are thrilled about this partnership with LinguaTV and the possibility to introduce this innovative educational supply for our global clients working in the tourism industry." said Robert l. Steele III, CHA, President and Chief Operating Officer of AHLEI and continues "In our markets where English is not the native language, the hospitality industry will benefit thoroughly from the online learning modules provided by LinguaTV, whilst the employees learn how to communicate with English-speaking guests."
“We are very happy about AHLEI representing LinguaTV.com worldwide and thus creating the perfect link between our online language training and the international hotel and tourism industry.” said Philip Gienandt, CEO of LinguaTV, whose online language learning portal is enjoying increasing popularity in this branch of the industry.
More and more hotel companies rely on the innovative e-learning concept of LinguaTV in order to assist their employees getting language training and work under one roof. LinguaTV with its online language courses shifts the focus to the audiovisual language training. This special technique of language learning via the Internet is particularly sustainable, as the users acquire knowledge about everyday situations, which are covered in the videos. Thus, the practice-relevant formulations and vocabulary that is contained in the dialogues, sticks better in their memories. The online video language training of the modular lessons is complemented with interactive exercises for training pronunciation, listening comprehension, vocabulary, spelling and grammar.
Specifically for the use of language training in the hospitality industry, LinguaTV has developed an industry-specific online course in cooperation with DEHOGA Berlin. In the course "English for Hotel and Tourism", which will now also be sold worldwide by AHLEI, classic situations of everyday hotel life are in focus: From a telephone customer request, room booking, the friendly welcome of the guest at the front desk and ordering in a restaurant, through to dealing with complaints, the recommendation of tourist attractions and small talk with the guest.
Thus, LinguaTV and AHLEI allow successful, practical language training from anywhere. The users can divide the lessons themselves and adjust the various learning content to their individual schedule. Incidentally, the lessons can - along with interactive exercises - be utilised while on the road. All multi-media units of the language courses are available not only on PC but also with mobile devices on-demand. Thanks to LinguaTV, language learning via smartphones or tablet PCs is even more flexible - both in spatial and temporal terms - which has a positive impact on everyday hotel life.
Berlin - Dead live longer. This old adage proves true for German language as a result of the economic crisis. A few years ago learning German as a foreign language was a discontinued model, but today schools and teachers as well as e-learning courses are now faced with a rapidly growing demand. "The sales of our web-based audiovisual German courses are booming" confirms Philip Gienandt, managing director of online language learning platform LinguaTV, the positive trend.
This is primarily driven by the influx of people from the Euro-crisis states. In countries like Spain, Portugal and Italy, youth unemployment is at a record high. Especially well-educated, young people increasingly turn their home's back and looking for their chance to be abroad - and especially in Germany, where many jobs even stay vacant due to a lack of skilled workers. The numbers of schools such as the prestigious Goethe Institute show: in Spain alone 35 percent more people signed-in for German courses in the past year, in Portugal, it was 20 and 14 percent in Italy. "We also feel the growing demand especially from the Southern European countries. Since German teachers are missing and many schools are now overcrowded, our online courses provide a good alternative and ideal supplement for many people willing to learn German online," says Philip Gienandt.
With its language training service LinguaTV.com offers especially for German companies the opportunity to capitalize on the growing interest of European specialists in employment in Germany. "We see that more and more companies are seizing the opportunity to recruit skilled workers from other European countries. The development of their linguistic skills is an important step for a successful, operational integration. With the practical relevant language video courses "German as a Foreign Language" and "Business German" – available as online course and as mobile app – improving your German skills is possible for everybody, anytime and everywhere, virtually during operation, in an efficient and sustainable way, "said the e-learning expert.
For more information about the German courses please visit LinguaTV.
The mobile video language learning application "Travel English" from LinguaTV offers users a wonderful opportunity to improve their English on the go. The app covers various language skills, such as listening comprehension, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. With LinguaTV the process of learning a foreign language becomes a lively, effective, and entertaining experience.
Version 2.0 of the mobile video language course "Travel English" from LinguaTV is now available as an app at the iTunes App Store. Top video courses, comprised of fun videos and engaging interactive exercises, have been specially optimized for mobile use. To increase user benefit, the app’s new version was further expanded to include an extensive vocabulary training tool. iPhone users can now watch these authentic conversation situations any time and anywhere they choose, picking up additional important words and phrases with flash card technology that enables individualized and targeted learning.
Learn English with Short Stories
The English course "Travel English" consists of a number of entertaining short stories, which can be bought individually and as a convenient in-app-purchase directly within the mobile application. The prize-winning series "Travel English," already available as a browser-based course on www.linguatv.com, draws the user into the fascinating world of international travel. Its short story focuses on Tom Sanders during his business trip to New York. It’s his first time in “The Big Apple,” so he not only has questions about room amenities and hotel services, but also needs recommendations about attractions and restaurants. The user accompanies Tom during his check-in at the hotel, and goes along while he dines at a restaurant. These authentic situations quickly and efficiently prepare the user for a similar journey abroad. In this way, learning English becomes fun!
Comprehensive learning opportunities with a focus on usability
Each LinguaTV app includes entertaining videos with authentic conversation situations, a variety of interactive exercises, an interactive vocabulary and pronunciation tool with the most important words, a "Flashcard Box," a management system for storing and targeted repetition of individual words.
What makes the app particularly user-friendly is that all learning content (incl. all videos) are completely contained within it. Learning with the LinguaTV app is extremely convenient. The user can access its mobile content anytime, anywhere without an internet connection (except for downloading). Due to the small amount of data download necessary, the app also works fine with a UMTS connection.
The hands-on content and modular design are ideal for regular practice. Whether traveling or at work, ... with LinguaTV’s mobile language learning application “learning on demand" is a reality.
LinguaTV’s new language learning app is now available at the iTunes Store.
For more information about the LinguaTV mobile language learning apps please read here
In cooperation with the Cornelsen publishing house, LinguaTV offers the best learning content of the Lextra-series for the specific fields of business English communication on www.linguatv.com. To be found: a broad range of video and interactive exercises on the most important topics such as Business English Communications, Meetings, Presentations, Negotiations as well as Socializing & Small Talk.
The content consists of interactive online language courses with an individual learning progress control. With 5-6 entertaining episodes per subject you will find authentic conversations and practical exercises and additional learning materials also available for download at any time of the day. Perfect for those who are often away on business and who want to prepare quickly and efficiently for discussions with international partners and customers.
Organized in an original yet realistic story line, you will be introduced to the business world and its most important situations such as job interviews, phone calls, project meetings, negotiations, preparation and implementation of presentations, as well as small talk. Not only is the suspense of the plot motivating for your regular online training, but you are also able to collect activity points and to follow the learning progress in real-time. Thus, the user can see his personal learning success in writing, reading, listening, as well as his grammar and vocabulary skills.
Just recently the platform has experienced many enlargements regarding its content and its functionality featuring study groups and learning progress reports. Meanwhile more than 20 courses in five foreign languages, English (as a foreign language), French, Spanish, Italian and German are available for companies, organizations and private customers. The core of the language training represents instructional professionally produced videos. Equipped with a convenient Media Player, realistic dialogues, transcripts and extensive interactive exercises, the user can enlarge his targeted and practical language skills. Free demo lessons can be tested by interested visitors at www.linguatv.com where you can get an insight into the many functions of the didactically valuable and technologically innovative platform.
With LinguaTV.com you can dive in the fascinating world of Business English and expand quickly and easily your language skills: www.linguatv.com.
Fluent communication skills in English are a prerequisite for a successful career in the Hotel and Tourism sector. International guests expect employees in the Hotel & Tourism profession to be able to speak English fluently and effortlessly. LinguaTV now offers for the first time a multimedia language course in English to learn the most important communication skills required between a Hotel or Tourism professional and guests.
The LinguaTV Course "English for Hotel and Tourism" has been specifically designed for those who work in the Hotel & Tourism profession. The pivotal features are the specifically produced videos with authentic communication situations with native English speakers. The viewer learns through realistic dialogues and profession-relevant vocabulary and correct pronunciation. Participants can choose between everyday scenes and interactive exercises and many other learning-games. Individual learning-analysis reports show a detailed progress as well as giving individual recommendations on how to advance.
Anywhere and Anytime: Efficient and Practical English-learning
At the core of the Online Language Course is the practical know-how, which can be used by Hotel & Tourism employees immediately in the work place. The modular design allows users for the first time a fast, efficient and simple way of learning a foreign language and communication skills. LinguaTV places special value on providing an entertaining experience whilst learning. Another special feature is the user-friendliness of the learning tool. You only need a Multimedia PC or laptop and an Internet connection to access the browser-based learning tool. No software downloading required. This means that LinguaTV is available to you wherever you are, whenever you need it – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! LinguaTV is available at your fingertips whenever you are ready to learn!
Language experts and hotel professionals have collaborated to create a unique and customised learning experience
The top quality of "English for Hotel and Tourism", among other things, the result of collaborations with renowned partners, proven experts in the industry and a well-known international luxury hotel chain. "Thanks to the support of the Hotel and Restaurant Association, we are very proud to present this new English course, a truly innovative and practical video training, which makes a valuable contribution to modern education in the hospitality industry," said Sandra Gasber, Managing Director of LinguaTV. Christian Siejock, training manager of the InterContinental Hotel, said, "LinguaTV effectively conveys the important English language skills employees require to interact with guests professionally."
Follow this link for a free demo lesson of our English course for employees in hotels and tourism.
For the first time, the tried and tested Lextra video language courses created by the German editorial Cornelsen are exclusively available on the language learning platform www.linguatv.com for language learners all over the world. The courses range from classical Business English topics to entertaining detective stories for the languages Spanish, French, Italian and English.
Sandra Gasber, Managing Director at LinguaTV, is delighted by the latest additions: “We were pleased by Cornelsen’s contents from the very first. They perfectly complete our already established language courses.” “Cornelsen is one of Germany’s leading editorials for educational media. We have realized the trend to use videos for language teaching at an early stage,” adds Helga Holtkamp, Editor-in-Chief for Modern Foreign Languages at Cornelsen. “I am therefore particularly happy that we are now able to present our video language courses online at LinguaTV to an international audience.”
LinguaTV customers have access to a broad range of videos and interactive exercises on the most important Business English subjects such as Communications, Meetings, Presentations, Negotiations, and Socializing & Small Talk. Thanks to the entertaining video training, learners can make use of authentic conversation situations and practical exercises, as well as additional learning material to download, wherever and whenever they want. Or they pursue a mysterious word robbery with the detectives Anita Andress and Derek Dexter in twelve episodes. While hunting criminals like “El Gato Fantasma” in Madrid, “Le chat Masqué” in Paris, “Il Gatto Fantasma” in Rome and “Phantom Cat” in London, users learn the basics of the foreign language as they go along.
Apart from the plot’s suspense, it is the possibility to collect points of activity and to pursue one’s personal learning progress that is encouraging for the regular online training with the LinguaTV platform. Furthermore, social network community functions—such as learning groups—complete the products. Additional functions such as subtitles, an online dictionary, and considerable accompanying material with transcripts and exercises facilitate the individual learning of languages with a measurement of results.
Freely available demo lessons can be tested on www.linguatv.com.
For the 15th time the Comenius EduMedia Award is handed to outstanding educational multimedia products. On the 25th of June 2010 the online video platform www.LinguaTV.com was awarded the coveted Comenius EduMedia Seal as an “Outstanding Educational Multimedia Product” in the category of “Native and Foreign Language Education” by the renowned Association of Pedagogy and Information (Gesellschaft für Pädagogik und Information (GPI) e.V.). The Comenius EduMedia Award certifies exceptional educational and multimedia quality. This award is presented annually by an independent international jury of media experts from ten European countries to outstanding European educational multimedia brands. Representatives from all major software and education businesses gathered together for the fifteenth time in Berlin and this year selected LinguaTV as one of the most academically valuable, content-rich and well-designed educational multimedia products. The Comenius Award is the oldest German and European educational multimedia prize for outstanding academic multimedia products. All eligible products have to meet high academic requirements and are subject to extensive scrutiny. It is for this reason that the team at LinguaTV is extremely excited about this achievement. On behalf of LinguaTV, managing directors Sandra Gasber and Philip Gienandt accepted the award from the chairman of GPI, Prof. Dr. Gerhard E. Ortner, and Managing Director of the GPI, Dr Bernd Mikuszeit. Competing alongside LinguaTV were 140 applicants, including Auralog, Cornelsen, Digital Publishing and Klett Langenscheidt, with a total of 170 entries for the coveted European multimedia award. The video training from LinguaTV, which is already being used actively in current teaching and learning programs at various institutions, has, with this title, already acquired its fourth award in the company’s short three-year history. Since the end of April the content and features of the online platform have been enhanced. On offer are a total of sixteen courses in five foreign languages: English including Business English, French, Spanish and Italian as well as German are all now available for businesses, academic organisations and individual clients. The heart of the language course lies in the professionally produced video tutorials. Equipped with a user-friendly media player, realistic dialogues, transcripts and comprehensive interactive exercises, students are able to expand their language skills through the most practical means. Features such as a social network community, for example, add to the practical learning experience. A free trial is available for visitors at www.LinguaTV.com to offer an insight into the various functions of this academically and technologically innovative online platform.
To find out more about the Comenius-EduMedia Award visit www.gpi-online.de.
As of today, the LinguaTV team is delighted to be able to present its new online language learning platform with new videos and a new and chic design.
Based on the many excellent suggestions from our users and from experienced experts, we have not only developed visually, but also technologically, and are now able to offer you numerous additional functions and features.
For example, there is now a personal learning progress control and a recommendation system which helps the learner to target and develop those skills which are specific to his individual needs. The video player also demonstrates, alongside the old, well-known functions, such as subtitles and transcripts which can be shown or hidden from view, innovative new features: for example, the repeat button lets the user play back single sentences or complete text sections as often as he likes, until he has understood every word and perfected his pronunciation.
In addition, the platform has been expanded to include a download area, where the learner has access to various types of file (PDF, MP3, etc.). These act as a useful complement to the video lessons. As of today, we will be providing the transcripts and additional learning materials for your courses. Furthermore, LinguaTV’s video language training is also going to be expanded with a new group functionality. Here it will be possible for the learner to get together with other LinguaTV users to do things like discuss the platform’s learning content or compare points tallies. This makes learning together even more fun and motivating.
Alongside the platform’s new features, LinguaTV now also has a broader range of video language courses. Beginners with only a little prior knowledge can use entertaining learning crime thrillers to help them get started in the English, French, Italian and Spanish languages. For advanced English learners, there are special courses in Business English which deal with a variety of themes such as holding presentations, conducting meetings and negotiations, communicating, engaging in small talk, and so on.
We recommend all our visitors, old and new, to register here and discover all the advantages the new language learning platform has to offer.
For further questions about our new “outfit“ and the new features, we are happy to take your calls or answer your e-mails at any time.