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Remote learning for multi-lingual teams

Managing multi-lingual teams presents unique challenges, especially in communication. We explore the effectiveness of non-verbal activities for remote learning with multi-lingual teams

21st February 2024

Remote learning for multi-lingual teams
We encounter language barriers often in life, how can we break through these barriers to ensure our multilingual teams are collaborative and productive? This could be making a new hire feel welcome inside a team or it could be global teams operating across borders. 

This blog post delves into how virtual activities can be used in remote learning environments to foster teamwork, leadership, and creativity among multi-lingual teams.

The Power of Non-Verbal Activities in Remote Learning
Non-verbal activities play a crucial role in bridging communication gaps in multi-lingual teams. When we remove the obvious issues due to the language barrier we need to rely on other skills to be productive:

  • Awareness of others needs
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Problem solving skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Team work
  • Conflict resolution
  • Stress management

Individual creativity and group innovation
Seeing the Point unfolds in two distinct stages:

  1. Individual Creativity: Participants, divided into small sub-teams, utilize their given components to craft as many unique shapes as possible.
  2. Collaborative Innovation: All sub-teams converge, pooling their components without adding extras. The challenge? To create even more shapes by leveraging collective creativity.

Seeing The Point is a dynamic online activity tailored to enhance problem-solving and creative thinking within teams. This digital adaptation of a classic physical exercise challenges participants to not only innovate individually but also to harness collective creativity. By navigating through a series of tasks that require both individual and collaborative innovation, participants experience firsthand the power of diverse thinking and the potential of synergy.

This activity can be conducted in around 60 minutes and can be used with as few as 2 participants and as many as 20.

Fostering Empathy and Team Focus
Broken Squares is an exemplary exercise that focuses on teamwork, empathy, and strategic thinking - all without the need for verbal communication!

In this activity, remote team members must rearrange pieces to form specific shapes, necessitating high levels of non-verbal coordination and cooperation. This exercise is invaluable in remote learning settings for multi-lingual teams as it allows members to demonstrate emotional intelligence, teamworking and problem-solving skills without language being a barrier. It also helps in identifying individuals who are adept at non-verbal cues, an essential skill in diverse and linguistically varied teams. 

In this activity no one succeeds unless all team members succeed!

This activity can be conducted in around an hour and can be used with as few as 2 participants and as many as 20 (in sub-team of 3 to 5).

Make multilingual teams more productive
Improve productivity, efficiency and team satisfaction by incorporating non-verbal activities like Seeing the Point and Broken Square in virtual learning sessions for multi-lingual teams. These activities can not only overcome language barriers but also develop essential skills such as leadership, teamwork, and emotional intelligence.

As remote work continues to grow and business harness the power of a global workforce; using non-verbal communication in training and team development will become increasingly important for fostering productive and harmonious multi-lingual teams.

All these activities are available exclusively online through Experiential Learning Tools. Pick a subscription plan and sign up today to get instant access or speak to our sales team.

Michael Hayes @experientialLT

Head of Product at Experiential Learning Tools

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