Custom Language Services
Custom Language Services offers language and intercultural communications training tailored to the needs of executives, business consultants, government officials, and independents interested in honing their skills in a foreign language. We offer on-site or off-site instruction, as well as curriculum and in-house program development services.
Language for high-level professionals is unlike any other form of communication, requiring nuance, eloquence, and precision. Nations, industries, and in some cases, peoples’ lives depend upon the effectiveness of this communication. Diplomats and executives who can interpret social and linguistic cues, understand the subtlety of a negotiation, and speak dynamically and with confidence in a second or third language have a considerable advantage over those who cannot. These considerations have guided the development of each of our language programs and serve as the foundation for meaningful, relevant, and stimulating program design. We understand that, for some, it is not just about learning a language; it is about using the language to make a difference in the world.
CLS provides a unique, fully customized approach to language instruction for individuals with specific communication needs. Flexible schedules and program dates accommodate the needs of professionals. We offer instruction in English, Chinese, Arabic, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Korean, and other less-commonly-taught languages such as Farsi, Dari, Thai and Indonesian. Our customized one-on-one and small group programs specialize in field-specific language instruction. Coursework focuses on learner-identified skill sets such as public speaking, presentation skills, formal and informal written communication skills, negotiation skills, and the language of diplomacy.
We have expanded our services to develop on-site (in-country) programs and curricula for multinational companies, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations. Our program development offerings include needs assessment, program design, curriculum development, teacher training, and program evaluation.
Customized distance-learning programs that target specific skills set such as the English for Negotiations and English Presentation Skills are also available. These online programs can incorporate both independent online coursework (asynchronous) as well as online classroom instruction (synchronous), which can serve as useful components of a corporate or government training program.
Design your own program
- All levels
- Individualized one-on-one instruction
- Small-group instruction
- Customized curricula
- Authentic field-specific materials
- Flexible program dates, length, and intensity
- Professional, qualified instructors
- Distance-learning options
- Curriculum and in-house program development services available
Customized programs can be set up in Monterey year-round and can be arranged to begin as soon as three weeks from the time an application is received, although more notice is highly recommended for summer study. Total program length (beyond a minimum of 60 hours) and scheduling are also flexible, ensuring that your program matches your needs.
For our Monterey programs, classes are usually arranged in two-hour blocks with a 10-minute break each hour. For the more intensive programs, you will work with a team of instructors. Classes are taught using a communicative approach to language study (unless otherwise requested) and programs are developed using a variety of techniques and media, as well as the inclusion of terminology specific to your professional field or interest area.