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  1. What kind of progress can I expect to make at Language Lab?
  2. How many people will be in my group at Language Lab?
  3. Isn't group study more interesting, and certainly more motivating?
  4. How can I jump-start my comprehension level over a short stretch of time?
  5. How can you sum up the ways in which Language Lab is truly different?
  6. You talk of a natural and easy approach. What does it mean?
  7. Tell me about your instructors. Would I have the same instructor all the time?
  8. All the schools talk about the benefits of Total Immersion. How does Language Lab view this?
  9. When can I get started at Language Lab?
  10. I'm a total beginner, but I need to learn a language for business or professional reasons.
  11. I'm an advanced-level speaker and I'm having trouble finding training on a high-enough level.
  12. All right, I'm now convinced that Language Lab is for me. What should my next step be? [Answer Missing]
  13. Will a course of just 2 and half allow me to significantly improve my pronunciation?[Answer Missing]

What kind of progress can I expect to make at Language Lab?

Our students tell us that they make as much progress in four weeks at Language Lab as they would otherwise have made in a full semester at a University. But let's be conservative about this: We guarantee twice the rate of progress over other private schools that specialize in intensive language instruction. Language Lab is particularly suitable for people who do not have time for long-term language study and who are looking for the ultimate in intensive language training for results. The student receives a report at the end of his or her study at Language Lab that includes a complete progress evaluation and strategies for optimizing further language study after leaving Language Lab.

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How many people will be in my group at Language Lab?

Just 3 or four or just you. The heart of Language Lab's philosophy is total personalization. At Language Lab, you will never have to adapt to any pre-designed system. Rather, we adapt to the way you learn the best. You won't have to adjust to general (and often impersonal) learning programs. As in other schools, you will make progress in general language and communications skills, but you'll also focus on and achieve your own communications objectives. Every moment of instruction at Language Lab is A La Carte, molded to your learning style, especially to the specialized vocabulary or subject matter you need to know in the target language. We've earned a valuable reputation for intensive, effective, and fast preparatory work for specific business objectives (conferences, negotiations on specific issues, seminars, meetings, speeches, press conferences and interviews). Language Lab is a place where YOU write the menu. If you wish, we can even put aside general language study and concentrate solely on the specific material you suggest.

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All right, Language Lab's value seems obvious, but isn't group study more interesting, and certainly more motivating?

Yes and no. At Language Lab, you'll have all the advantages of a group with none of the inconveniences. It's always pleasant to be in good company, of course. During breaks our students appreciate their opportunities to interact with each other. But during lessons, the presence of too many students is usually an obstacle rather than an advantage. Others will rarely share your objectives, your style, your level, your reactions, your needs. In groups, the slower student can be crazy, and the faster one can be just as crazy. Group training is, more often than not, group marching. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. In a group, it's easy to become confused and disoriented by the mistakes others make during group discussions. It's just as easy to become apprehensive about making mistakes in front of others. In language learning, group dynamics aren't always beneficial.

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Your work with corporate students is impressive, but I want to learn to understand the everyday language. How can I jump-start my comprehension level over a short stretch of time?

That's a good question. It's not easy to communicate if you can hardly understand what other people are saying. To achieve quick, tangible results in this area, we've put into place a unique oral comprehension method. Your ear -- despite every effort on your part -- doesn't naturally hear all the sounds of your target language. If you can't even hear the sounds in the first place, you cannot be expected to reproduce them. In only one week we can change your ear. (Don't worry, there's no pain, no surgery!) The fact is, you've already had a lifetime of ear training in your own language that tends to come in the way of your ability to hear in the target language. With our method, after a few hours, you'll be a little child again. Your open ears will once again have the child's ability to distinguish between words that previously sounded the same to your ears, but that have obvious differences to the trained ear or to the native speaker.

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How can you sum up the ways in which Language Lab is truly different?

Most schools attempt to instill linguistic confidence in their students. This is an admirable goal, but it's just not enough if you need to learn the true nuts and bolts of a foreign language. Each Language Lab session works with not one, but four separate objectives. The Language Lab trainer doesn't just help the student break through the psychological barrier, he or she also helps the student pass listening, cultural and linguistic barriers. During each session, the learner gains pleasure in speaking the target language (psychological threshold), adds aural comprehension and pronunciation skills (the listening threshold), practices appropriate means of expression (the cultural threshold), and increasingly learns to speak without making mistakes (the linguistic threshold).

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You've mentioned a natural approach. What do you mean by that?

Socrates said that hidden inside every human is a philosopher. At Language Lab, we believe that virtually everyone on this planet has the hidden ability to be a master of "multiple" languages and Indians have a natural inclination for it. We follow the Socratic Method of drawing out what we believe is already inside rather than trying to cram outside material into a language student's already spinning head. Many Institutes are very interested in our de-schooling approach. At Language Lab, students discover that they've been made a member of a family; it's not quite the school they expected. Training sessions replace lessons. A true home-away-from-home replaces the classroom.

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Tell me about your instructors. Would I have the same instructor all the time?

Our trainers are masters in their language and in the pedagogical tools. Each one is a specialist in a number of real-world professional areas. Each one knows the workaday language behind the language, whether the area be marketing, finance, human resources, accounting, banking, or technical fields. Our trainers are all upbeat, highly-motivated people who operate based on a burning desire to see you make measurable progress. It's your choice as usual: you can stick to a single trainer for your entire stay, or you can pick the brains of several. Language Lab gives you whatever your personal style or business requirements demand.

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All the schools talk about the benefits of Total Immersion. How does Language Lab view this?

Total immersion sounds great, but the question remains, total immersion in what? Hearing the target language for a week instead of your own is a fine idea, but true immersion, the Language Lab way, is so much more. To ensure true immersion, Language Lab accepts only a handful of participants (our term of choice) who immediately become part of the family, all in the target language environment.. At many other schools the ratio is just the reverse, with a single instructor for up to 10 or 15 students. Language Lab across the table conversation is the real thing.

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Sound like just the thing for me. When can I get started at Language Lab?

Whenever you wish. Whether you're a complete beginner or just on the point of total fluency, you can begin on any day of the week, and for as many days or weeks as you wish. You can give yourself a break during weekends or work through them. You make the schedule at Language Lab, and you can also adjust it in mid-stream if you need to. Before beginning at Language Lab, we'll discuss your needs and requirements at length.

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I'm a total beginner, but I need to learn a language for business or professional reasons.

At Language Lab, that won't present a problem. We'll have you working in your target professional vocabulary from the first session.

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I'm an advanced-level speaker and I'm having trouble finding training on a high-enough level. Many schools simply refuse to accept a student with my level of competence, yet I know I can learn much more.

Language Lab trainers recognize the special needs of very advanced language students. They know how to structure advanced training so that the student makes just as much progress as the less advanced student, without being held back by the group approach.

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  1. How can you put an end to that unpleasant feeling of not progressing?
  2. How is such progress possible? Language lab has the keys!
  3. Acquire a master key in 10 days: Language the ideal complement to your learning.

How can you put an end to that unpleasant feeling of not progressing ?

You are studying a foreign language, and have the impression that you are stagnating. Despite your best efforts, you are not advancing sufficiently. That’s where Language Lab comes in. In 10 days, thanks to the Language Lab Approach, you will make remarkable progress. In 10 days, you will advance one level. If you are at the elementary level, you will attain the intermediate level. If you have an intermediate level, you will attain the advanced level. In only 10 days!

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How is such progress possible? Language Lab has the keys!

Have you come across a locked door? Breaking it down is not the best solution - it demands too much work. Over 10 days, Language Lab provides you with the keys you need, whether they are in communication, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation or comprehension. Language Lab’s skilled instructors immediately detect what is blocking your progress. A strategy is implemented that allows you to achieve your desired objectives. Participants in our programmes often state that they wish they had known of Language Lab earlier. "You have given us the keys we have long been looking for" they tell us, "and which we thought we would never find".

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Acquire a master-key in 10 days : (Language Lab, the ideal complement to your learning)

Learning a language is not dissimilar to playing sport. If you do not train, your performance will diminish rapidly. So in order to achieve better results, sportsmen and women often train at high altitude, or at sea level. Only intensive training programmes of this type allow you to advance significantly. To improve your knowledge, and regain your motivation, invest 10 days in a Language Lab language programme, and get back on track. Whether you are self-taught or receive weekly the language complement you are looking for.

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