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Mastering English intelligibility in Business with Eisha Karol #59
Episode 599th June 2022 • The HR L&D Podcast • Nick Day - JGA Payroll Recruitment
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Nick Day is joined on The HR L&D Podcast sofa by Eisha Karol, who is founder of PronounceMe, an award-winning business which provides highly tailored level of pronunciation training to address every aspect of language learning.

Eisha explains why HR personnel need to consider intelligibility when attracting and developing talent.

PronounceMe is an Oxford University Innovation business that began as a scribble on the back of an envelope in an Italian classroom and has now become a startup at Oxford University Innovation, working across several industries, with delegates from 11 different language backgrounds.

With inclusivity and diversity at the heart of most HR agendas, it is surprising how often language is overlooked. However, Language is an expression of a person's culture, and learning a new language is a process of cultural interchange. Here in the UK, English-speaking teams form the backbone of almost every company. And yet, not everyone can hear and create the sounds of the English language, because they don’t exist in other languages.

Having supported leading brands including AXA, Amundi Asset Management and Rabobank (among others), I have invited Eisha to join me today to tell us more about her unique methodology which combines both academic research with theatre-based skills to deliver transformational training with lasting results for businesses.

In this “Mastering English intelligibility in Business” episode with Eisha Karol on The HR L&D Podcast, we also explore:

  1. What do the words Human Resources mean to you?
  2. I never knew that English as a language was difficult to learn for others due to its many complex sounds, which are not found in other languages – can you tell us more about these?
  3. Can you tell us about the often-overlooked issue of intelligibility, especially in larger organisations and why a faster way to clear communication is important for business performance?
  4. So How is PronounceMe's training different from conventional language training such as IELTS (International English Language Testing System)?
  5. How did you come to develop the training programme in the way that you have?
  6. Why do you think HR personnel need to consider intelligibility in international staff?
  7. What other issues might international/relocated staff need support with apart from spoken English language training?
  8. Can you tell us more about your new PronounceMe signature programme – called "English Mastery for Global Professionals"?

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Of course, if you are an HR or L&D Leader listening to this podcast and you have an HR-related vacancy that you would love some specialist human resources recruitment support with – please also get in touch with me!  I would love to help show you what a great HR recruitment experience feels like!  You can reach out to me directly at or give me a call – 01727800377

Thanks for listening, folks – I look forward to bringing you the next episode of the HR L&D Podcast real soon!




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