While the potential of Armenia's human capital knows no bounds, success in international business and industry requires fluency in multiple languages. To help local Armenians gain the competitive edge, the AGBU ANI Language Coaching initiative virtually connects adult-learners with volunteers outside of the country to help them practice conversational English.
Coaches and participants meet once-a-week in a virtual session, guided by a suggested curriculum. By the end of the coaching cycle, mentees will have gained confidence in conversing in English, and both parties can come away with new friendships and expanded networking contacts.
Moreover, to enhance the success of the sessions, the team will organize English storytelling workshops (offline or online), moderated by professional English teachers/tutors, to bring all the ANI participants together to exchange ideas on a specific topic in English and to further develop their spoken English skills.
AGBU Armenia manages multiple programs including AGBU Women Entrepreneurs and AGBU Women Coders from our AGBU EmpowerHer initiative. Participants from these two programs, in addition to women enrolled in AGBU Learn to Earn Artsakh Program (LEAP) benefit from the ANI Language Coaches, and the list of beneficiaries grows by the month.
The experience increases opportunities for individuals to work in international fields and to expand their businesses to English-speaking markets.
Fluency in a second language, like English, improves job prospects and earning potential for individuals.