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The future of corporate language learning is here

New technology and devices bring employees together in a global market


Businesses are living in the era of global culture, communication and commerce, greatly increasing the need for multilingual capacity. Little wonder that language learning has become a crucial component of corporate learning programs in the past decade.

Research from Technavio indicates that the corporate language learning market is on the cusp of major expansion. The market research firm released its findings in a press release, showing that corporate online language learning in the U.S. is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 16% between 2017 and 2021.

Is the corporate language learning industry headed for big changes in the next couple of years? Experts seem to think so.

Why all this attention on language learning in the corporate world?


For starters, businesses no longer operate with geographic limits anymore. The internet has made every industry a global one. Because of this, nearly every working adult will at some point encounter language and cultural barriers that can make things challenging. Emerging technologies will have an impact as well.

“Artificial intelligence is now pushing up against human learning of languages,” said Jeremy Stynes, President of Lootok said, “and with it being so much more accurate now, it’s easy to see how this could become scalable.”

Ignore these trends at your own risk. Stynes shared the story of a former employer that spent a great deal of time and money on localizing the language of corporate training content, only to discover that there were tools (like Google translator) that provided a far better solution.

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Read the full article with commentary from Jeremy Stynes on HR Dive.