International training provider Kaplan has launched a new blended language-tuition programme, Best of Both, which combines online instruction with in-person tutoring, once its centres re-open from Covid-19-related closures.

The move is a sign of how large education organisations are recalibrating their offerings to prepare for a post-pandemic world in which learners may increasingly opt for blended, or online-only, courses.

Best of Both allows students to begin their English-language studies immediately, using Kaplan’s K+ Live programme, while students will be able to resume face-to-face classes in six English-speaking countries once educational centres are permitted to re-open.

“The challenges our sector faces in these unprecedented times require innovative thinking and bold action,” said David Fougere, chief operating officer of Kaplan International Languages.

The launch came just weeks after the UK’s English-language training lobby group, English UK, pleaded for financial help from government as it faced an “existential threat” in Covid-19, which could mean “many of these schools will never open again”.

Kaplan operates language schools in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. 

Date published: 11 May 2020

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