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Acolad Professional English Courses

Acolad Professional English Courses

Professional English
Acolad provides self-study and hybrid learning courses for developing English skill for work life.

Acolad offers courses for developing professional English skills. The courses are build around practical topics that the learner is likely encounter in their work-life. The online courses include both self-study courses and hybrid learning courses, where the online material is complemented with personal online classes. The course material has high quality video and text material and interactive exercises, and they are available in various language learning levels.

Age groups 
Professional education
Offline play 
Internet required
Educational Quality
Learning Goals

The pedagogical analysis covers how the product supports learning of the identified skills. The student’s role is assessed by four contrary pair parameters, which are selected to cover the most essential aspects on the use of the product.

The courses are very practical and work-life orientated: they focus on very concrete examples, so the learner will learn the essential skills needed in real life. The videos have humor and they will attract the attention of the learner. The structure of the courses is logical and works well; In the beginning, there are orienting questions, and the learner's knowledge is tested in good intervals. New vocabulary is repeated and learned in various contexts.
The courses have fixed tools or methods for learning, that work well and give a predictable frame for learning. The courses provide the same content to all users, but depending on their starting level, it is possible to go through the sections according to their own interest - spending more time on unfamiliar topics and skimming the more familiar ones. The content is closely related to common work-life situations, which motivates the use and encourages to taking the learnings to practice.
The courses follow linear, predetermined user progression. Learning progress is directly comparable between users, and the progress can be scheduled accurately. The courses have a clear start and finish, and the progress is visible. The tasks are scored automatically, so the student gets instant feedback, and the tasks are designed in a way that the score reflects the real learning outcomes well.
Th courses are for independent learning and allows the learner to make proceed and make all the decisions individually. Hybrid learning courses include also face-to-face (online) sessions with the instructor and other learners. However, the self-study material serves the purposes of adult learners in a work-life context well. The platform offers an online community for sharing your thoughts, and the badge system rewards the learners for contributing to the community.

The following are the high educational quality aspects in this product.

The AAC self-study courses provide a flexible environment with concrete and relevant material that is easy to apply to real life.
There is a good variety of interactive tasks and material that can be observed.
The new words and phrases are practiced in multiple contexts, and the learner will get immediate feedback on their success.

The supported learning goals are identified by matching the product with several relevant curricula descriptions on this subject area. The soft skills are definitions of learning goals most relevant for the 21st century. They are formed by taking a reference from different definitions of 21st century skills and Finnish curriculum.

Subject based learning goals

The solution is inline with CEFR framework for second language learning and matches the levels A2-B1 the best.

Soft skills learning goals

Practicing to evaluate one's own learning
Practicing to express own thoughts and feelings
Practicing to give, get and reflect feedback
Enabling the growth of positive self-image
Encouraging positive attitude towards working life
Learning to recognise and evaluate arguments and their reasonings
Practicing to notice causal connections
Practicing to create questions and make justifiable arguments based on observations
Practicing to look things from different perspectives
Learning to use foreign language in work context
Practicing strategic thinking
Practicing time management
Learning consumer knowledge and smart economics
Learning to plan and organize work processes
Practicing decision making
Practicing versatile ways of working
Connecting subjects learned at school to skills needed at working life
Realizing the connection between subjects learned in free time and their impact to skills needed at worklife
Practicing logical reasoning to understand and interpret information in different forms
Learning to combine information to find new innovations
Learning to understand and interpret diverse types of texts
Practicing to use information independently and interactively
Supporting student to build their own linguistic and cultural identity
Practicing to notice links between subjects learned
Learning the basics of spelling
Practicing to work with others
Practicing to argument clearly own opinions and reasonings
Practicing memorizing skills
Practicing categorization and classification
Practicing to observe spoken and written language
Practising visual recognition
Learning to build information on top of previously learned
Practicing to use foreign language as a communication tool
Practicing to find ways of working that are best for oneself
Learning to understand the meaning of rules, contracts and trust
Learning to understand and interpret diverse types of texts, from vernacular to academic
Using technology as a part of explorative and creative process
Understanding and interpreting of matrices and diagrams
Practising to understand visual concepts and shapes and observe their qualities
Familiarizing with the influences of media and understanding its affordances
Building common knowledge of technological solutions and their meaning in everyday life
Using technology resources for problem solving
Using technological resources for finding and applying information
Understanding and practicing safe and responsible uses of technology
Using technology for interaction and collaboration
Using technology to express one’s emotions and experiences
Using technology for interaction and collaboration (also internationally)
Using technology as a part of explorative process
Practicing letters, alphabets and written language
Learning to notice causal connections
Practicing persistent working
Learning to find the joy of learning and new challenges
Developing problem solving skills
Learning to find solutions in social conflicts
Practicing to plan and execute studies, make observations and measurements
Encouraging the growth of positive self-image
Encouraging to build new information and visions
Learning to face respectfully people and follow the good manners
Learning to understand people, surroundings and phenomenons around us
Getting familiar with different cultures
Learning about cultural aspects and to respect different cultures
Learning about different countries and their characteristics
Learning to listen other people’s opinions
Learning decision-making, influencing and accountability
Practicing communication through different channels
Learning to plan and design own written content and textual representations

The Finnish Educational Quality Certificate

Our Quality Evaluation Method is an academically sound approach to evaluating a product’s pedagogical design from the viewpoint of educational psychology.

The method has been developed with university researchers and all evaluators are carefully selected Finnish teachers with a master's degree in education.

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