Frequently Asked Questions
MDG-Europe has nearly 30 years of experience, working with a large range of companies and thousands of satisfied students/delegates.
• A proven method of teaching foreign languages;
• Individual lessons or small groups;
• Corporate training;
• Extensive, semi-intensive and intensive courses;
• Taylor-made training;
• Tutors who work in their mother tongue, in most of the common languages;
• Training in London or abroad;
• Cultural Awareness.
It all depends on the individual. A very balanced small group will be excellent and certainly very enjoyable. If the group is too big some people will be left by the wayside. With an individual lesson you can focus on your own issues and solve them accordingly, but you will not have connections with others.
In a group, the progress is at the speed of the majority, if you miss a lesson you may feel a certain unease with notions you have not seen. On the other hand, if you are the only one of the group doing homework you could find yourself frustrated after a while. So, there is no perfect answer. There are pros and cons for both. Budget wise individual lessons cost more but the results are reached faster.
Group lessons are of lower cost but they are less effective on an individual level.
A one-to-one session will have 100% of the attention of the tutor and are more cost effective. A group of four students would have at best 25% of the attention of the tutor each but they are cheaper per head. Providing the group has a good mix it could be more “fun” with more interaction.
You don’t need to be gifted to learn anything. Motivation and perseverance are good enough with the help of a good teacher.
Homework is free of charge and you can do it at your convenience. Whether given by your tutor or via the Internet, it is always useful to do a bit more. It will help you to progress faster and further.
If you do not have time to do your homework, this does not justify giving up altogether. Your tutor will always be able to give you enough practice during your lessons. Having very irregular lessons and not doing any work at home will make it slightly more difficult, but not impossible!
What does “Learn a language” mean? What level do you intend to reach by the end of your course?
• Fluency: Being able to communicate with the necessary cultural approach.
• Good command of the language: Being able to communicate without too much room for misinterpretation.
• “I can get by” level: Being able to communicate in a rather basic way.
If you enroll in a super intensive course of say 1, 2, 3 or 6 months, how many hours overall are we talking about? 100? 150? 300? For 7 hours a day, five days a week? Are you considering an Immersion Course? You will require a serious business case to justify being away from work for such a long period. Otherwise you should go for an extensive course, regular lessons on a regular basis once or twice a week, of at least 1 to 2 hours. Depending on the choice of languages, and the number of hours taken, you should realistically think between six months to a year before you can reach early B1 level (low intermediate) otherwise known as Threshold Level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF). So, if you answered (c) above then yes, you could theoretically indeed reach this level.
To summarise –“You cannot become fluent in a 2 months intensive course or even in two years of extensive training. But if two months or two years is all you have, then our job is to help you make the most out of the time available.”