Millions of businesses around the world communicate in English. It has become the major language of international business and trade. For individuals who what to achieve success in the workplace, increasing their fluency and competence is essential in order to remain competitive.
Whether you are looking for a new job, hoping to secure new clients or moving country, there is a high chance you will benefit from a good level of business English. In this article, we discuss how virtual reality (VR) can help you improve your business English by letting you practice different business situations in a realistic way.
You can of course practice your business English without VR, however many of these methods are not suitable for multiple reasons:
Virtual reality is the term used to describe a 3 dimensional, computer generated environments which can be interacted with by a user. When the user puts on a VR headset, they are immersed in virtual environments, which in our case might include a virtual meeting room or a conference room.
Within these virtual environments, they might start a conversation with an avatar, give feedback to an employee, lead a team meeting and more.
A VR headset is required to experience these different virtual scenarios, and cost anywhere from $20-600, depending on the quality of the headset. Higher end headsets allow you to interact with objects using your hands, while cheaper headsets let you interact with your gaze.
For more information on virtual reality, read our complete guide to VR.
There are hundreds of apps and courses out there for learning English, all somewhat similar in design and function. We’ve tried to create a more realistic and immersive learning experience with the help of virtual reality.
VR can immerse the user in a range of realistic business situations, where they can practice scenarios such as leading a team meeting, or giving a keynote speech at a conference. It provides a convenient way to recreate the nerves and excitement of a real business situation.
The visual immersion, as well as 360 surround audio, tricks the user into believing the virtual world is real. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars travelling and living in an English speaking country to improve your skills, you’ll be able to practice the same situations within VR from anywhere in the world.
Here are some ways VR can improve your business English:
Let's discuss some of these benefits in more detail.
With properly developed virtual reality scenarios, you’ll believe what you are seeing is real. You can practice in these photo-realistic environments from the safety of your own home, where you are free to make mistakes and try new techniques out.
One of the great benefits about practicing to a virtual audience is that you can practice your language skills any time you want. Once you get hold of a VR headset, you can practice your business English in various VR scenarios in an experiential way.
You’re more likely to practice in the virtual world because it’s a safe environment, away from human judgement. Yet you still get many of the benefits from practicing or having a conversation in front of a real audience.
Receiving feedback is essential for improving language skills. With the VirtualSpeech VR app, your speech is analysed for hesitations, pace, pitch, etc. and you can even receive an insight of your personality based on how you came across in your conversation or presentation.
This instant feedback is useful for honing different elements of business skills, from building rapport to empathy.
All the feedback you receive from the speech analytics feature is stored on your VR device and displayed in a specific room within the app. It's easy to track progress and determine how you are progressing over time, including areas such as eye contact, hesitation words and pace of speaking.
You can load your own presentation slides into the VR scene and practice with them in different virtual rooms. This will help you prepare for sales pitches, presentations and conferences you have coming up in English. The slides can be interacted with, changed and updated within the VR app.
There are many business related VR scenarios you can practice in the VirtualSpeech VR business English course, these include:
Each scenario lets you practice a different business skills as often as you need to, until you are comfortable performing that skill in the real world.
For more information about our workplace scenarios, read the following article: