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Case Study IKEA

5 July 2022 by Andrea Kneppers
Introduction IKEA is a Swedish multinational which sells a wide range of products including, among other things, ready-to-assemble furniture and accessories. Why did IKEA approach Language Partners? IKEA is committed to welcome people with a refugee background in their stores, to support them in their integration in the Dutch labour...
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Webinar English vocabulary: 13 September 2022

4 July 2022 by Andrea Kneppers
Expand your English vocabulary Do you sometimes struggle to find the right words when you’re having a conversation in English? Join our next free webinar on tips and strategies to learn and expand your English vocabulary! Your vocabulary is important because it’s the basis of all languages. It’s the building...
Diversity & Inclusion

Enabling inclusion through your organisational culture

by Paul Van Zanten
Previously in this series on diversity and inclusive cultures (D&I), we have established why it’s imperative for international businesses to adapt their approach to people and culture. We then discussed how the implementation of effective leadership and carefully considered organisational structures are great ways to start developing inclusive cultures and...
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Dear Madam/Sir: The right start to your business emails

13 June 2022 by Paul Van Zanten
Anyone who writes a (business) letter or email has to make many choices. Not only about the content and structure, but also about the layout and tone of the text. This certainly includes the opening and closing of the letter or email. An incorrect or inappropriate salutation can be poorly...
Diversity & Inclusion

How to create a sustainable structure for organisational change

25 May 2022 by Paul Van Zanten
What kind of structure is needed for the successful integration of diversity and inclusive culture? In our first article, we started the discussion with an introduction to the growing need for D&I. Our second article brought forth the need of a strong and Inclusive leader.  Here, we will continue our...
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Why you shouldn’t underestimate the value of feedback

24 May 2022 by Paul Van Zanten
Many of us recognise some value in giving and receiving feedback, but do we really understand why it’s so vital? Feedback is not only the metric used to measure learning progress and achievement, but it’s also an essential part of enabling behavioural change. Though, putting it into practice is not...
Diversity & Inclusion

How to overcome the fluency gap: when you don’t speak a language well enough to explain yourself

by Paul Van Zanten
You may know it: one of those moments in a meeting when you want to make a suggestion, but you don’t speak the language well enough to explain your idea. We call this a fluency gap. Mastering a language fluently A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. Does this sound...
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When you know what idioms to use, Bob’s your uncle. Wait, what?

2 May 2022 by Paul Van Zanten
I first started paying more attention to idioms after my girlfriend translated a French expression when I was being particularly annoying one evening, “Faut pas pousser mémé dans les orties”, or ‘don’t push granny in the [stinging] nettles’. After a pause, I asked for an explanation and learned I had...
Diversity & Inclusion

Do you have all the traits of an inclusive leader? A guide for managing diversity and inclusive cultures.

by Paul Van Zanten
What kind of leader is needed to implement an Inclusive culture? In this second article on diversity and inclusive culture (D&I), we will explore leadership at all levels of an organisation. Various personality traits and skills that are well suited to enabling both diversity and inclusive cultures, will be analysed...
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Social Learning: The What and the Why

4 April 2022 by Paul Van Zanten
What comes to mind when you see Social Learning? Is it learning with others? Learning via social media? Over 50 years ago the psychologist Albert Bandura first proposed the social learning theory (SLT). Built upon theories of behavioural learning, the SLT posits that behaviour is learned via reinforcement and modelling...

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