ABOUT US

LEADING LANGUAGE – A CASE FOR EMBRACING DIVERSITY AT WORK.

Let us not have language and culture barriers stand in the way of embracing everything a diverse workplace has to offer.

Our Mission

At Leading Language, our mission is first and foremost to provide our clients with the highest quality of services for their employees to better understand one another, bridge communication gaps and improve company-wide collaboration.

Our Values

Through our work, we want to apply the best practices and principles that contribute towards a more resource-efficient and more inclusive society.

Our Story

Leading Language is a proudly women-owned business providing language training, business skills training and translation services to our corporate clients. We are based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and deliver all our training remotely using video-conferencing platforms. Our training is instructor-led so we are able to adapt the training to our clients’ requirements. We follow both the Blended Classroom and Flipped Classroom method of training and consequently offer adapted e-learning programmes to our clients so that learning continues both in and outside the virtual classroom. We have a loyal and experienced team of freelance trainers and translators. We have a robust reputation for delivering great quality translations with very short lead times. We can handle technical, commercial and certified translations. Our client base includes top South African and foreign companies that have invested in the African continent.

Meet the founder

Our CEO and founder, Karen Longley, has dual French and South African citizenship and has spent most of her professional life working in France. She returned to South Africa in 2012 and created Leading Language in 2013.

 

With more than 30 years in the corporate training industry, she is highly skilled in the creation, organisation and implementation of training programmes. In 2020, with an impending lockdown, she made the decision to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution and digitise her business activity to concentrate exclusively on online training.

 

As a committed woman entrepreneur, she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the FSACCI since 2017 and was selected to be part of the 2020 Graça Machel Trust Women Creating Wealth programme in 2020 where she will continue to provide mentoring and inspiration to women entrepreneurs. She has also recently formed an alliance between the FSACCI and the Graça Machel Trust to encourage business cooperation between French and South African entrepreneurs.

 
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Our Statement

The people of our African continent are immensely resourceful with thousands of languages and cultures that make it such a vibrant workplace. However, people speaking languages native to different regions can create misunderstandings, gaps in communication and prevent companies from accessing the highest levels of efficiency.

Our Solution

Language barriers and culture-based communication barriers are the most common challenges encountered but working with people of different cultures and backgrounds is actually what drives innovation, creativity, and ultimately success.

Our Belief

At Leading Language, we believe that diversity should be embraced as a driver for creativity and success. We want to promote a better working environment that makes everyone comfortable, where everyone has an equal chance to shine and where diversity is celebrated.

Our Sustainability Commitment

At Leading Language, our mission is first and foremost to provide our clients with the highest quality of services for their employees to better understand one another, bridge communication gaps and improve company-wide collaboration.

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Ethics and Anti-Corruption Policy

As part of our Sustainability Policy Statement, Leading Language is committed to transparency, integrity and accountability, ensuring that our business is conducted according to the highest ethical standards.

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Policy on Reporting Unethical Activity

Leading Language is committed to transparency, integrity and accountability, ensuring that our business is conducted according to the highest ethical standards.

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Grievance Policy for External Stakeholders

External stakeholders are those who do not directly work for the Company but are affected somehow by the actions and outcomes of the latter. Clients, suppliers, creditors, and public groups are all considered external stakeholders.

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ONLINE SERVICES
 
In line with our beliefs and values, we provide language and business skills training and translation services so as to promote a better working environment, where diversity is celebrated.

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Virtual language lessons

Let us help you to bridge communication gaps in the workplace with our online language lessons.

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Continuous Professional Development Training

Your employees may be concerned about how they can continue securing their CPD/CPE points.

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Virtual business skills training

Maximise your chances of succeeding with strategic projects or missions by rapidly developing the specific skills you need.

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Entrepreneur/Start-up Business Communication Package

As an entrepreneur or small business owner, have you ever felt that you needed a boost to take your business to the next level?

Coming soon!

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Translation services

We handle the translation of any technical, commercial or business documents.

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Large Scale Language Learning Programmes

Are you an NGO, NPC or organization looking for large-scale programmes to roll out to women and youth in the rural areas?

Coming soon!

 

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Tutors/Freelancers

Are you interested in joining our dynamic team?

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Freelance German Trainer

Do you have a love of languages and are you an experienced language trainer?

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JOBS

At Leading Language, we believe that diversity should be embraced as a driver for creativity and success. We want to promote a better working environment that makes everyone comfortable, where everyone has an equal chance to shine and where diversity is celebrated.

Our hiring process reflects our Sustainability Policy statement which states our commitment to non-discrimination and equal opportunity in hiring.

Current vacancies

 
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CONTACT
 

17 Owl Street • Braamfontein Werf • Johannesburg

Gauteng • South Africa

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KAREN LONGLEY
Director

Mobile:

+27 (0)76 429 1049

Email:

karen@leadinglanguage.co.za

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DEBORAH HUNT
Operations Manager/Director of Studies

Mobile:

+27 (0)82 393 5688

Email: deborah@leadinglanguage.co.za

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DIMAKATSO SONGOANE
Business Development and Marketing Manager

Mobile:

+27 (0)78 567 3258

Email: dimakatso@leadinglanguage.co.za

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WANDA VAN DER WESTHUIZEN
Sales Administrator

Mobile:

+27 (0)83 601 6331

Email: wanda@leadinglanguage.co.za

Enquiries

For any enquiries and questions please fill out the following form:

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For procurement purposes, Leading Language has the following documents available on request:

• BBBEE Certificate

• Tax Clearance Certificate

• Company Registration Documents

• Banking Verification

• Letter of Good Standing

Jobs

To apply for a job with Leading Language, please send a cover letter together with your C.V. to: deborah@leadinglanguage.co.za

OUR MEMBERSHIPS

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