WHAT WE DO
Each meeting produces a unique, customised online document that contains students' personal speaking errors, corrections and related grammar and integration tips…
Lessons are held in the form of an informal get-together in which students discuss personal, professional and integration-related topics during the entire lesson while the trainer takes the notes…
Designed for working professionals and recent arrivals, the Rhetorica Method is a revolutionary way to learn language in person with a trainer without leaving home or the office…
Detailed Progress Reports to students and consolidated Manager’s Reports, if desired, allow careful monitoring of progress, and achievements...
Training sessions are held in a relaxed, informal atmosphere at your home or place of business.
The Rhetorica trainer guides the conversation while recording all of the grammar, vocabulary and topics covered.
Students speak about integration, personal or job-related topics for the entire lesson and are discouraged from taking notes.
The interactive Lesson Log© is published online to the password protected Rhetorica Website, making it available to all students, even those who are absent.
Each training session is carried out in the form of an actual friendly get-together between the trainer and among students themselves. Students are discouraged from taking notes during the session and are required to keep their concentration with the spoken conversation.
Step by step, basic vocabulary and grammar structures are built while letting the students themselves decide which topics to discuss: their integration issues, recent encounters, misunderstandings, or any other issues that arise.
All training sessions are held at your place of business or residence. Rhetorica trainers come to you anywhere within a 30km radius of Basel, ensuring that you lose absolutely no time travelling to or from lessons.
"A different language is a different vision of life." -Federico Fellini
The Lesson Log© is a detailed, interactive document which contains the actual speaking errors made by students, supplemented with related grammar and usage tips.
Available online behind password protected accounts, the Lesson Log© affords students a 'second lesson' each week as they read their own mistakes and corrections once again.
The Lesson Log© is unique to each individual lesson and forms a custom made course book specifically tailored to each group's area of business.
Students in company courses never truly 'miss' a lesson because they receive their Lesson Log© link even when absent, ill or on vacation.
The Rhetorica Lesson Log© is sophisticated software used by the trainer during all Meetings. Developed and refined over 15 years of German language and integration training sessions in real-life meetings for multi-national employees, it allows trainers to easily note students' speaking errors during the lesson and quickly supplement them with detailed grammar, usage and integration skills tips.
The reading one's own mistakes has a profound effect on students. Rhetorica trainers guide the conversations in subsequent Meetings back to the areas of difficulty identified in previous Lesson Logs© in order to give students the opportunity to not make the same mistake again. This combination of
reading your own speaking errors along with the expectation that your trainer will ask you about them in a follow-up session leads to dramatically improved retention and speaking confidence.
All students receive their interactive Lesson Log© after each session, even during absences due to vacation or illness, so co-workers never truly 'miss' a lesson or fall behind the group.
The Rhetorica Lesson Log© allows employers, students and teachers to truly tailor-make and monitor their Business English course with a clear focus on the vocabulary and needs of each participant.
"Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone." - R.W. Emerson
Rhetorica writing assignments focus on personal emails, correspondence with schools and authorities.
The innovative Rhetorica platform clearly shows students their own writing side by side with their trainers’ corrections.
Writing assignments are created, submitted and corrected online, allowing easy monitoring of progress over time.
The Rhetorica Lesson Log and Writing Platform were designed to work together to ensure that speaking and writing are creatively trained, measured and practiced.
The Rhetorica Lesson Log© software and internet site are not only conceived to improve speaking skills, they are specially designed to support learners' writing skills in the following areas:
Correspondence with Schools
Correspondence with Authorities
The Lesson Log© software provides students and trainers with an innovative, online platform for producing, submitting and correcting writing. Standardized grading provides students and learners with a detailed overview of objective progress over time.
The correction time of writing assignments outside of lessons is substantial for the trainer - and always included in Rhetorica Rates.
"Hard writing makes easy reading." -Unknown
Individual Progress Reports provide students with regular, detailed feedback on a broad range of language parameters including overall communications skills, participation, writing and speaking.
Student Progress Reports are specially designed to give detailed feedback on all perspectives of speaking: fluency, grammar, usage, pronunciation, intonation and the overall ability to verbally communicate.
Rhetorica Progress Reports clearly display student's previous and current CEFRL (Common European Framework of Reference for Language) Level, from A1 'Beginner' to C2 'Mastery'.
Side by side comparison of previous Progress Reports allow students and authorized managers a simple and convenient way to chart progress and achievements in speaking skills.
Rhetorica is proud to be the industry leader in providing Feedback and Progress Reports to both students and managers. The Rhetorica Lesson Log© opens completely new possibilities to actually measure and report individual speaking and communication skills, rather than simple test results.
Speaking and Communications Parameters
Overall Communication: the ability to effectively transmit spoken concepts
General Grammar: the correct use of tenses and grammar formulations
Fluency: the ability to produce sentences at normal speed
Pronunciation: how well the German sounds are produced
Syllable Stress: how well multi-syllable words are pronounced
Vocabulary: the level and range of vocabulary
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -Leonardo da Vinci
Unique to the language training industry, managers receive detailed overview reports charting individual and group(s) progress, goals and business skills learned.
Manager’s Reports are consolidated to present just the right amount of data for easy review, yet detailed enough to answer all questions regarding progress, goals and achievements.
Manager's Reports allow easy monitoring of Speaking Levels for each group and individual, from A1 ‘Beginner’ to C2 ‘Mastery’.
Rhetorica Manager's Reports give businesses an innovative tool that makes possible careful monitoring of training budgets and projections of future costs.
Rhetorica Manager's Reports allow businesses to monitor exactly what their employees have learned in current and previous semesters, which specific skills have been acquired and how much time will be necessary to achieve the specific CEFRL level necessary for their co-workers' job descriptions.
Rhetorica Manager's Reports give business an innovative tool to effectively plan training budgets and measure success.
Manager's Reports Parameters
Current and previous CEFRL Language Levels A1-C2 for each student and group
Detailed descriptions of what these levels really mean for everyday business skills
Cambridge University time investment guidelines for progression to next level
A single speaking grade for each student and grades for all other parameters listed on Student's Reports
A list of topics covered, goals set and goals achieved
"The biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished." -G.B. Shaw
Students earn traceable Certificates of Completion at the end of a course when stringent Rhetorica guidelines are met.
Holders of Rhetorica certificates can refer current and future employers to Rhetorica for verification at any time.
Rhetorica Certificates represent a reliable snapshot of the student’s current CEFRL Level (Common European Framework of Reference for Language) from A1 ‘Beginner’ to C2 ‘Mastery’.
Rhetorica awards grades based on the Swiss 6-Point System: 6.0 = best. Grade equivalents in the Anglo-American (A-F), the German (1.0 = best) and the French 20-point Systems are furnished for easy comparison.
Upon completion of a Rhetorica business and language course, successful students are provided with a detailed appraisal of their language level and awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Rhetorica Certificates of Completion are composite snapshots of students' real communication skills over time: realistic and accurate. Prospective employers can request confirmation from Rhetorica GmbH at any time in the future.
"We breathe in our first language... and swim in our second." - Adam Gopnik