E-learning could present greater business advantages for improving employees’ language skills, according to a recent survey by Rosetta Stone.

The survey, conducted by Vanson Bourne for Rosetta Stone, polled business decision makers in the UK and Germany and revealed that 94 percent reported at least one advantage of using e-learning for language training. The advantages considered were lower cost, faster delivery, a reduction in travel time and costs, and more effective learning. Two thirds of executives (66%) also agreed the future of language training lies in e-learning and 40 percent say they believe it is a more effective way of learning.

Donavan Whyte, VP Enterprise & Education EMEA at Rosetta Stone, said:

“Business leaders agree that they need to improve the level of language skills amongst their employees.  Language learners need a consistent method of training that takes them from beginner right through advanced and which is flexible enough to deliver course content to match individual need.

“The new Rosetta Stone Language Learning Suite has been specifically designed to help meet this gap in the market. Europe’s five largest companies are using Rosetta Stone solutions to deliver effective language training to their employees.”

82 percent of respondents are currently using hybrid training models within their organisation. 63 percent said that employees need to improve their language skills, suggesting that the current model could be made more effective.

Other key findings of the survey were:

  • 86 percent of executives say they would consider an e-learning platform for language learning in the future
  • Respondents who currently offer language training through e-learning say the key factors in their decision to choose the method were: the speed at which training can be delivered (67%), availability of courses (47%) and the cost of training (46%)
  • Respondents in more globally dispersed organisations are more likely to value a standard, consistent tool for e-learning, compared to organisations with fewer offices. Respondents in dispersed organisations say they use e-learning because it provides the ability to deliver training faster (68% vs. 49%)