About Language Trainers
Since 2004, Language Trainers has provided business and non-business clients from all over the United Kingdom, Ireland and the world with personalised language lessons.
We tailor every course to address each customer’s distinctive preferences, objectives and schedule. With Language Trainers, our clients learn whichever language they want to know, no matter how uncommon it may be, at a time and place that suits them.
Each year, we supply 2,000+ COURSES in OVER 80 LANGUAGES to MORE THAN 5,000 STUDENTS in 250+ CITIES and OVER 15 COUNTRIES
So, after our dedicated team of academic and language experts learn where our customers want to have their lessons, whether at home, the office or in a public place (or online if that is more convenient), they will locate a qualified and experienced tutor to help the client achieve their specific goals.
The Language Trainers Journey
From preparing to pass an official language exam to learning essential vocabulary for an upcoming business trip, our skilled and native teachers have assisted thousands of satisfied individuals, closed groups and professional clients all over the world with achieving their learning aims.
Language Trainers is the preferred supplier of many multinational enterprisesBrowse our complete international client list
Lastly, we are a language training company you can rely on! Language Trainers is listed with the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP), accredited by ELCAS (Ministry of Defence), certified by ISO 9001:2015 and rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau.
So, wherever you are located and whichever language you want to learn, we guarantee all our services will uphold regulatory and customer care requirements and to strive for continual improvement.
Any language, anytime, anywhere (and online)
Run by the directors and administrative team in London, Language Trainers coordinate a worldwide (all over the UK and Ireland, and in major cities in the rest of the world) team of qualified, native speaker language teachers. The Head Office is responsible for administration, recruitment, course development and materials, and academic support for the teachers.
Locally-based to reduce travel time and expense, e.g. a Spanish course in Bristol will be taught by a Spanish teacher living in the Bristol area, an Arabic course in Dubai will be taught by an Arabic teacher living in Dubai.
The directors have nearly 35 years of experience in language training and learning and speak many languages between them.
Language Trainers is a trading name of Brighton Early Ltd (registered in England and Wales as Company No. 4900290 and VAT No. 866780964).
Alexis Sheldon, MA, Cert. TEFL
A Cambridge University graduate (BA Hons Social & Political Science), Alexis speaks English, fluent Russian and Portuguese, good French, Italian, and Spanish, and elementary Mandarin Chinese and Hebrew. A qualified TEFL teacher, Alexis also holds an MA in Tourism Management from Brighton University.
Alexis has over 20 years teaching experience in schools from Israel to Ukraine and was previously responsible for the corporate training division of a leading UK language school. His other projects include Translation Central, a translation services agency and Fast Lane SEO, a multilingual SEO agency.
Jon Pokroy, BA, Dip. TEFL
A Cambridge University graduate (BA Hons Philosophy), Jon is also an experienced English teacher, having worked in Spain, Germany and London for over 16 years. Jon speaks English, and fluent German and Spanish. Jon holds a Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the world renowned International House training center in London.
Jon has run training for executives in English for Specific Purposes and producing courses for Specific Purposes for corporations, universities and the British Council. Jon has also worked as an examiner for the British Council.
Richard Sheldon, MA, MBA
Richard brings more than 25 years of experience in finance, capital raising and strategy to Language Trainers. He has held management and CFO positions in both private and public companies including ECONnergy Energy Company, Concrete Inc., Weatherford Global Compression Services and ContextWeb. He is currently also the CFO at Complex Media. In addition, Richard was a business development executive at GE Capital and a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company. Richard started his career at Arthur Andersen in London where he became a Chartered Accountant. Richard holds an MA from Oxford University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
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Teacher Case Studies
Language Taught: English
Years of teaching experience: 14
What language do you teach, and why did you choose teaching as your career?
I teach mainly English for business. When I decided I’d like to live in Spain and learn Spanish, I decided to do a Celta. Instead of just staying for a year though, I ended up working for language schools over seven years. When it was time to come home to London, the first port of call work-wise was in teaching English.
Where did you study, and how long have you been teaching, and what age group do you usually teach?
I got my degree from Queen’s University Belfast. I had such a great time there. Being thoroughly English, and moving to a different place culturally helped prepare me for when I headed for Northern Spain later. I did my Celta at city of Bristol, and the Delta at International House London.
What do you look for in a student?
Since one-to-one teaching is inevitably an interpersonal exchange, I always appreciate a sense of humour. I think it’s crucial that learners are willing to take risks and not worry too much about mistakes –it’s the communication that counts. I also appreciate learners who are patient enough to get the most out of the teacher. It helps if each student is able to initially guide their teacher to provide what they want.
What should students expect in you as a teacher?
Professionalism for me means being able to wear a number of different hats and change roles as necessary, according to students needs. The basics include having clear aims, and a minimum level of organization and planning. Beyond that, students should expect their teacher to highlight not just meaning, but structure and pronunciation as well.
Describe your favourite aspect of teaching with Language Trainers:
I like teaching because you meet so many interesting people. I’ve taught quite a few bankers with Language Trainers, and they’ve always been a pleasure to teach. Among my favourite moments in teaching was when my student who was a trader came in, looking tired and worn. We began our lesson, then asked if he was okay. He confided, “You know Lehman Brothers? By Monday they’ll be bankrupt.” Talk about first hand breaking news!
Client Case Studies
”Language Trainers takes on [the difficulties of finding a qualified teacher who suits your learning style and schedule] on your behalf and manages them for you without too much of a price difference, while also allowing you to switch teachers if you think your current one isn’t suited to your style”A Japanese Course and Self-Study: Finding the Balance
Language Trainers: Good day, Alice! We’re delighted to speak with you about your Language Trainers experience! Maybe you could start by telling us something about you?
Alice Broadhurst: Absolutely! I currently live in the UK and I am a lead programmer who creates various applications for clients.
Language Trainers: And why did you want to learn a language, and which one did you choose?
Alice Broadhurst: I chose to study Japanese. It has always amazed me and I have a great amount of exposure to it, with it being prevalent in the games and anime I enjoyed. I always wanted to understand it a bit more, even at university, but I was too busy with my studies and working to support myself to attend any of the courses they offered. Once I had graduated and felt stable within my job, I finally decided to pursue my interest in Japanese. I used many apps, such as Kanji Teacher, Memrise and Kana Drill. I began to learn simple words and their meaning and I was making good progress. Also, I began to pick up some words from Japanese media; however, I noticed the spoken words often didn’t match the subtitles. I knew at this point there was no going back: I wanted to understand Japanese, so I could understand the true meaning behind the words. I tried another app called Busuu, which helped me to learn some new vocabulary and how to write. However, I began to realise how important Kanji (Japanese characters) is to the context of the word. I wanted to learn but many apps are peculiar about how Kanji is learnt and Busuu couldn’t help me. While searching through some online forums, I found a lot of people suggesting two things: first, learning from a Japanese teacher is better than learning from a robot; and second, speaking Japanese to learn it is important. So, I decided I needed to invest myself more into the concept of learning Japanese and to take some official classes.
Language Trainers: Wow, so this really is a language you feel passionate about! It certainly is better to learn a language from a teacher, but why did you choose a programme by Language Trainers?
Alice Broadhurst: I had a few problems learning Japanese. I didn’t live close to anywhere that offered classes. Plus, I rent from my parents, so it was unfair to ask them to accommodate a teacher coming to the house at least once a week. In the end, I found two options that allowed me to video chat with a Japanese Teacher: iTalki and Language Trainers. iTalki was difficult: I would have to find a teacher that was qualified in my language, had the same ideas as me and could match my schedule. Language Trainers takes on those difficulties on your behalf and manages them for you without too much of a price difference, while also allowing you to switch teachers if you think your current one isn’t suited to your style.
Language Trainers: We certainly do our best to make your language learning experience as easy and convenient as possible! And would you say Language Trainers was worth the investment?
Alice Broadhurst: Language Trainers are definitely worth it! And fortunately, I never had to switch teachers! My teacher was amazing from the start. And I really like that Language Trainers value loyalty to their service.
Language Trainers: I am pleased to hear you say that! We try to match our clients with their ideal teacher from the start, so it’s nice to know we got it right for you first time! Can you think of some helpful and rewarding parts of the course to your language development?
Alice Broadhurst: The most helpful things about the course is that it gave me a place to start and establish a routine for my language learning. I definitely noticed an improvement. Since September last year, my teacher has guided me through Genki 1 and I’m ready to move on to Genki 2; something I never imagined I would be doing within the same year. I know this because I recently passed an N5 practice test. Although it was close, it was something I never thought possible as people usually say you need to complete Genki 1 and 2 to pass the test. It felt rewarding because it is proof that I am making progress.
Language Trainers: Would you recommend Language Trainers?
Alice Broadhurst: Yes, although I would always recommend that people do some self-study before jumping into Language Trainers. Language Trainers works best if you are committed to your language and willing to put in extra time to complement your classes.
Language Trainers: Thank you so much for telling us your story and experiences, Alice! Lastly, we like to finish by asking each student what is their favourite saying in their new language? Have you got a favourite Japanese phrase?
Alice Broadhurst: “頑張って!” (がんばって)” which means “do your best”. Learning a new language is difficult and a lot of people have many different preferred ways of learning. The teachers at Language Trainers are willing to tailor the lessons to your learning style, so if you think you can learn something more efficiently by taking a different approach, just speak to your teacher or advisor and they will help you figure something out!
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