Conexion Training helps anyone who lives and works in multicultural and multilingual contexts.
Conexion Training is a registered 501( c )3 non-profit registered in the United States in the State of Georgia. Our vision is to connect people through language and cultural training. Our mission is to provide quality training in the areas of learning a new language and in understanding how to relate well to others of different cultural backgrounds.
We believe that although the world has never been more connected, people have never misunderstood each other more. In our global, multiethnic, multicultural world, we need to be able to understand not just how people think differently, but why people think differently. Language and culture are two primary vehicles through which we can understand each other. The two are interconnected. Culture affects language and language affects culture.
At Conexion Training we offer two primary courses, The Language Course is designed to practically help a person studying language to learn how to build a realistic, personalized plan to learn their new language. Dr. Ruth Nolen designed this practical system for learning language, and has applied it and fine-tuned it for years with students all over the world. The Language Course has been proven effective by practitioners. In the near future, Conexion Training will be adding video examples of how to do task-based language learning (TBLL) projects for language learning.
The Culture Course is designed to help people understand how to learn to relate well to people of different cultures. Dr. Steve Nolen guides the participant through a definition of culture, the CQ® Model of cultural understanding, and then overviews some main areas of cultural differences that teach why people of different cultural backgrounds think and act differently.
Conexion Training offers a third course we call The Facilitator Course. This course will train someone to supervise your team’s language and cultural needs. This course is meant to prepare the person to become the “expert” of culture and language within their specific context to train other team members to effectively adapt to the culture and learn the language.
The Language Course will give anyone studying languages the principles and structure to learn their new language. Full-time, part-time or survival-level learners will benefit from this course. It will also develop the learner’s understanding of how languages are learned and address reasonable expectations and outcomes.
The Culture Course is for anyone interested in understanding cultural differences and relating well to people of other cultures. It will give you a foundation of principles and a process that will be helpful to you for life.
Meet the Team
Steven L. Nolen, D. Min., Founder and President
Dr. Nolen holds a B.S. in Accounting from Jacksonville State University, a Master’s of Divinity degree, and a D.M. in Intercultural Studies. He has 30 years of cross-cultural experience and has worked with leaders from multiple ethnicities and cultures. He is CQ Certified through the Cultural Intelligence Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan (https://culturalq.com).
He has a passion both to appreciate other cultures and help others to accept, appreciate, and adapt to people of other cultures. The Culture Course is designed to help anyone living in multi-cultural contexts or working on multi-ethnic teams to better relate and understand those around them.
Dr. Ruth Nolen, Ph.D., International Programs Director
Dr. Nolen holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching Additional Languages from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and ESL from Georgia State University. She has studied several additional languages and has 30+ years of cross-cultural experience, including second language teaching. Her academic interests are in second language acquisition (SLA) and Task-Based Language Teaching (TBLT). Her Ph.D. dissertation addressed utilizing TBLT linked classroom teaching to real-world situations encountered in society. This type of research is for the purpose of empowering learners to use social situations as learning opportunities. She has helped develop new language programs in several different countries and coordinated efforts among partner organizations for further research to be conducted among adult learners in international contexts.
Matt Nolen, Associate Language Director
Matt holds both a B.A. and M.A. in Applied Linguistics, both from Georgia State University. Matt directed the Conexión Training Language Program in Panama City, Panamá from 2018-2020 and currently is the Associate Language Director working on the development of The Language Course and The Coaching Course. He has studied several additional languages.
Amy De Jesus, Administration
Amy worked as executive assistant to the CEO and Vice President of Georgia Administrative Services (GAS) and at Georgia Casualty Insurance prior to joining the Conexión Training Team. Amy receives and coordinates all information related to the Conexion Training courses. She is fluent in Spanish. She and her husband Victor have two children and live in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Renee Song, Financial Administrator and Accounting
Renee has a Masters in Business Administration and has previous experience working in Corporate America and Real Estate for 14 years. Renee is responsible for the Conexion Training accounting and other financial matters. She and her husband Mark, who is a CPA, live with their two children in Suwanee, Georgia. She has been working with Conexion Training since 2011.