There’s a fact traditional training companies don’t like to acknowledge: standard English teaching methodologies don’t deliver results. After all, Italian professionals have been learning English throughout their lives. The business community should therefore be full of people who can communicate effectively — people who are confidently fostering cross-border relationships and using English to drive lucrative deals.
But it’s not. Instead, it’s full of frustrated people who have spent time and money on training — but don’t have English abilities that reflect their expertise or seniority. And that means those cross-border bonds and deals aren’t materializing in the way they want.
The TLG methodology isn’t about doing more of the same. It’s a revolutionary approach — not only because it delivers ROI, but because it leverages neuroscientific principles to overcome traditional challenges and guarantee results. Let’s look at how it works.
A revolutionary approach to bilingual pedagogy
This is a simplification, but the brain is split into 2 parts: the right side is the working side, and the left side is the memory side. A mother-tongue language is stored in the right side. This means you don’t have to “think” in order to use it — speaking, reading, and writing involve muscle memory.
When people start learning a foreign language, it’s stored in the left side, typically memorized through reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar exercises. Essentially, traditional training methodologies embed English in the left side, which is why people end up in a situation where they can read but not speak.
The TLG methodology focuses on transferring English to the right, working side of the brain, so it functions more like the mother tongue when needed. It’s based on neuroscience research on effective ways to create muscle memory for using English.
The importance of cognitive motivation
Something that surprises TLG students — and experienced trainers when they first join us — is that lessons don’t involve traditional conversation, vocabulary or grammar. There’s no passive listening or note-taking. Why? Those tasks don’t activate cognitive motivation.
Cognitive motivation is the process that forces data to transfer from the left side to the right side of the brain. It’s only activated when the brain is under pressure and rely wholly on memory recall.
The TLG methodology involves exercises to create that pressure. For example, students must respond to questions and complete tasks without prompts or notes. And timed exercises create stress. These techniques initiate the cognitive motivation that progressively forces data to transfer to the working side of the brain, so it can access English without people having to “think” about it.
Reflecting the reality of cross-border business
Lessons also reflect everyday business scenarios and tasks, so the brain gets accustomed to using English in realistic and high-stakes situations.
For example, at the start of a TLG conference call lesson, there’s no warm-up period. From the second a student logs on, they’re expected to engage as if it were an actual meeting, introducing the agenda and driving it forward. Because the lesson replicates the pressure of a real-life business situation, students build up their neurological muscle memory.
Importantly, students are marked based on how effectively they communicate — not on whether they chose the correct modal verb or conjugation. This helps overcome psychological barriers associated with making small mistakes with no actual impact on business relationships.
Confidence, fluency — and a tangible impact on business value
“Since we started attending TLG courses, our business with foreign companies has more than tripled. TLG is not only a partner, it’s part of our value chain,” said one equity partner. “Employees’ improvement was massive and tangible,” according to a fintech CFO.
We receive feedback like this time and time again because the TLG methodology delivers where traditional training approaches fall short. It’s scientific, scalable and proven, so we’re in the unique position of being able to guarantee results.
And when we talk about results, we’re not just talking about test scores or CEF levels — we’re talking about tangible business benefits. There’s no more of that pent-up frustration that English isn’t good enough for what you need to do in cross-border business. Instead — thanks to the TLG methodology — professionals are successfully using English to build bonds, progress careers, win contracts and drive investment.