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Learning Languages with Babbel Intensive


With Babbel Intensive, employees at GfK effectively learn English and German to communicate confidently with each other.

With over 13,000 employees in more than 100 countries, GfK is one of the world’s leading market research companies. GfK values teamwork, encourages diversity, and sees itself as a “People Company.” That’s why GfK offers its employees many opportunities for development. For e-learning, Babbel is one of the top choices on offer. 


The Challenge

Due to the growing internationalization within the company, language learning became more and more important for promoting the company culture and supporting communication between employees. At the headquarters in Nuremberg, the company started by offering in-person classroom-style courses, which didn’t prove to be successful. Training Coordinator Jasmin Werblinski explains the outcome: “In an in-person group class, individuals don’t have the chance to speak a lot and some people find speaking a new language in front of their colleagues uncomfortable. Important meetings can also get in the way, so it happens that employees miss classes and fall behind.”
That’s why GfK looked for a more effective method and decided on Babbel’s Blended Learning solution, Babbel Intensive. Combining the Babbel e-learning platform with virtual one-on-one lessons with Babbel Live, and an accompanying learning plan, this language learning package offers an excellent possibility for goal-oriented learning.

And the best part: GfK can meet all employees’ needs: International employees can learn German, and German-speaking employees have the opportunity to improve their English.


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“We wanted everyone to feel comfortable and confident communicating with each other — that’s exactly what Babbel helps us do.” 

Jasmin Werblinski, Training Coordinator at GfK 


Why Babbel?

The Account Management Team at Babbel gave GfK a personal introduction to the product, after which GfK started a 3-month test phase with a group of employees. They were enthusiastic about it, especially the virtual one-on-one lessons with Babbel Live: Each learner can choose a language teacher from the online platform and book 30-minute lessons where they practice speaking in a personal conversation or talk about lessons. The effectiveness and flexibility convinced Werblinski. She also tested Babbel herself and gave her own assessment:

“I thought it was great that I could decide for myself when and how long to learn. And Babbel Live was really fun — the teacher gave me a good feeling.” 

Jasmin Werblinski, Training Coordinator at GfK 


It was also important to Werblinski to have an overview of the employees’ learning progress. Since in-person courses hadn’t been successful, it was all the more important that Babbel would ensure effective language learning and offer a high ROI. With the usage reports, she could see which employees used the language courses. For her, it wasn’t about control, but about making sure that the courses were in fact useful for the employees. Unused accounts could be transferred to other users — practical and cost-saving. 

Furthermore, with Babbel’s e-learning format, the company could now offer language learning on a global scale. Employees abroad could also have the chance to access and use Babbel.

“Babbel is understandable for everyone and can easily be offered to employees at different offices worldwide.”

Jasmin Werblinski, Training Coordinator at GfK 


Conclusion 

Babbel offered GfK a more effective language learning method than the original in-person courses. With Babbel Intensive, employees can learn in a goal-oriented way, and learning progress can be followed with usage reports. 

 

 

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