WHAT WE DO
Each meeting produces a unique, customised online document that contains students' personal speaking errors, corrections and related grammar and business tips...
Lessons are held in the form of a business meeting in which students discuss work-related topics during the entire lesson while the trainer takes the notes...
Designed for working professionals, the Rhetorica Method is a revolutionary way to learn language in person with a trainer without leaving the office...
Detailed Progress Reports to students and consolidated Manager’s Reports allow careful monitoring of progress, achievements and training budgets...
Lessons take place at your company in the format of a genuine business meeting in which students speak about job-related and personal topics for the entire lesson.
Corrections of speaking errors are given at the end of each session and immediate exercises conducted to solidify the correct forms.
The trainer guides the conversation while recording personal speaking errors in the innovative Rhetorica Lesson Log© software.
The interactive Lesson Log is published online to the password protected Rhetorica Website, making it available to all students, even those who are absent.
Most working professionals can read, understand and respond to basic English emails and written instructions with a reasonable amount of accuracy, but often feel completely unprepared to actively participate in English language business meetings, telephone calls or video conferences. The Rhetorica Method addresses exactly these business needs with a truly new and innovative way to learn Business English.
Training sessions are conducted as actual business meetings between the trainer and students, who decide which topics to discuss, such as job-related issues, upcoming meetings, video conferences, presentations, company newsletters or actual emails.
In a dramatic departure from traditional language lessons, students are discouraged from taking notes during a lesson; it is the Rhetorica trainer who
takes the notes by means of the Lesson Log© software. This Rhetorica innovation allows the trainer to transform the spoken meeting into a bona fide language lesson by easily noting the actual speaking errors made by students and quickly supplementing them with relevant grammar and usage notes. The Lesson Log© software produces a tailor-made 'course book' for each group, each lesson.
All training sessions are held at your place of business during normal business hours Monday to Friday. Rhetorica trainers come to you anywhere within a 30km radius of Basel, ensuring that your employees lose absolutely no time travelling to or from lessons.
"Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own." - Goethe
The Rhetorica 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 Business English training sessions in real-life meetings for multi-national corporations, it allows trainers to easily note students' speaking errors during the lesson and quickly supplement them with detailed grammar, usage and business skills tips.
The reading of 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 department or company.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo da Vinci
Rhetorica writing assignments focus on creating logical, well-structured emails, business reports and taking meeting minutes.
The Rhetorica writing platform shows students their own writing side by side with their trainers' corrections and targeted grammatical and usage tips.
Writing assignments are created, submitted and corrected online on the innovative Rhetorica writing platform, allowing easy monitoring of progress.
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 contemporary Business Writing in the following areas:
The Lesson Log© software provides students and trainers with an innovative, online platform for producing, submitting and correcting business writing. Standardized grading provides students and managers 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 comparisons 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 concepts verbally
General Grammar: the correct use of tenses and grammar formulations
Fluency: the ability to produce articulate thoughts at normal speed
Pronunciation: how well the English sounds are produced
Syllable Stress: how well multi-syllable words are pronounced
Vocabulary: the level and range of professional and standard vocabulary
"Mastery of language affords one remarkable opportunities." - Alexandre Dumas
"Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people." - William Butler Yeats
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 anwser all questions regarding progress, goals and achievements.
Manager's Reports allow easy monitoring of Speaking Levels from A1 'Beginner' to C2 'Mastery' for each group and individual.
Rhetorica Manager's Reports give businesses an innovative tool which 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 all other parameters listed on Student's Reports
A list of topics covered, goals set and goals achieved
Students meeting stringent Rhetorica Guidelines earn verifiable, traceable Certificates of Completion at the end of a course.
Holders of Rhetorica certificates can refer current and future employers to Rhetorica for verification of CEFRL Level, final grades and skills acquired.
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 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' actual 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