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: Greek
Years of teaching experience: 18+
Hi, Maria! Please can you tell us a little about you and your professional background?
My name is Maria and I have taught online for Language Trainers since April 2020. As a native Greek speaker, I offer language teaching services in Greek but both my professional training and background involve teaching English, French, Spanish and Italian.
Wow, you’re quite the polyglot, then! What are some of your qualifications?
Having a genuine passion for language learning and constant development, I completed an undergraduate degree (a BA in Translation and Interpreting with French and Spanish at the University of East Anglia) and a postgraduate degree (European Master’s in Translation and Interpreting at Swansea University) in the UK, where I spent a large part of my adult life as a student and employee. Also, I have professional teaching qualifications from the University of Cambridge, Instituto Cervantes and the French Ministry of Education.
And how did you come to work with Language Trainers?
Actually, Language Trainers kindly approached me. At first, they suggested I carry out a 30-minute taster with a potential student and I was more than happy to address their request as I immediately thought it would be an ideal opportunity for me to put all my language knowledge to very good use. Having established a well-determined career path in the translation and interpreting market, I seized the opportunity to work alongside a language teaching provider which would gladly live up to the expectations of any professional in the field.
Well, you obviously did well and were contracted to work with the company. What have you enjoyed most about it?
I love conveying my language knowledge to people of all ages, origins and cultural backgrounds who are always eager to learn, regardless of their country of residence and place of work. In that respect, every time I was in need of immediate assistance, Language Trainers has been kind enough to offer valuable support by liaising me with members of staff to assist me with organising my materials, resolving any issues encountered during my classes, and always providing useful guidance through their dedicated advice team that comprises a wide range of industry professionals i.e. course coordinators, academic advisors etc.
You mentioned that you primarily teach online. Some people worry they will not get the same benefit by learning virtually as when student and teacher are in the same room. What do you think about this?
Students who study their preferred language online should expect the results to be no different from those who learn through face-to-face classes. In fact, having taught professionally for quite a few years now, I can confirm that, on some occasions, my online students demonstrated greater achievements than those receiving in-person tutoring. One major advantage to online classes is that the teaching material can be better monitored and recorded. This ensures both the student and the tutor have a better understanding of the performance goals and, more importantly, the variety, form and quality of the teaching resources is practically infinite. Apart from the traditional textbook, students can benefit from a huge variety of internet sources, ranging from up-to-date grammar and vocabulary websites to online video streaming and speaking and listening practice material.
If you had to summarise your time with Language Trainers, what would you say?
Overall, if I had to choose one word in order to describe my experience working with Language Trainers so far, that would be “exceptional”. As the great philosopher Aristotle once said, “Teaching is the highest form of understanding.”
Client Case Studies
”It was very useful that the classes were conducted as much as possible in Portuguese. This gave me the opportunity to use my new skills in the ‘real’ world”Business Brazilian Portuguese Classes With an Amazing Teacher
Language Trainers: Hello Victoria! Thank you for taking the time to meet with us and answer our questions today. Could you begin by telling us a little about you and why you decided to learn Portuguese?
Victoria Collins: I am a lawyer, working with a human rights NGO. Part of my work involves travelling to Brazil. I discovered last year on my first trip to Brazil that it would be useful to know at least the basics of Portuguese. I already speak French and Spanish, so I thought this would be manageable.
Language Trainers: That’s very true! Speaking the local language is a great asset when doing business. And why did you choose Language Trainers for your Portuguese course?
Victoria Collins: I was attracted to learning Portuguese with Language Trainers because of their flexibility and the option of online courses, especially in a time of COVID-19, but more generally because the flexibility of taking online classes is an advantage. You don’t need to leave your desk, and the class times can be easily adjusted. I also found the Language Trainers team to be helpful and efficient. From the moment of my first contact, the staff was polite and friendly. Then, throughout the course, there was good follow-up and communication.
Language Trainers: That’s great to hear! And what has been the most rewarding aspect of your classes?
Victoria Collins: The whole language learning experience with Language Trainers has been rewarding. The thing that stands out the most for me are the lessons with Cristiane, my teacher. Also, I believe that my language ability has improved thanks to Language Trainers. In particular, I feel more confident when speaking the language. I have picked up some of the basics which are important for speaking the language, and that is thanks to my teacher. It was also very useful that the classes were conducted as much as possible in Portuguese. This gave me the opportunity to use my new skills in the ‘real’ world. It was good to be able to ask a native speaker about specific grammar points, especially regarding topics that are specific to the country where I will be travelling and working.
Language Trainers: I’m very glad to hear that! Our teachers are one of our greatest sources of pride. Would you recommend taking a class with Language Trainers to another student? Why?
Victoria Collins: I would highly recommend other students to enrol in a language course with Language Trainers for all the reasons I mentioned before, especially the flexibility of the lessons, and the teachers’ professionalism. I can, of course, only speak about Cristiane.
Language Trainers: Certainly, Cristiane has been a very important part of your learning experience. Could you tell us a bit more about her and her teaching style?
Victoria Collins: Cristiane was always a good teacher, in my opinion. She explains and describes things well, and she has varied teaching techniques, such as repetition, and making corrections in a gentle way! Cristiane is very friendly and cheerful. We always laughed a lot, which helped me relax and learn more easily. We really had fun in our lessons. Besides, she prepares the lessons well. I could see that she put a lot of thought into what I needed to learn, and why I was studying the language. This is why we focused on improving my skills to be able to engage in basic communication when I’m in Brazil. It was great that she expected me to be able to have impromptu conversations on particular topics in Portuguese. Because she encouraged me to speak, even at a basic level, I had the courage to engage in conversations, despite my mistakes. It was also good that she corrected these gently as I was speaking. She also brought to class a diverse range of fun and useful activities. These made the lessons interesting and fun. The topics and grammar activities revolved around everyday situations, like buying food in a restaurant. This helped me see that I was getting ready for real life situations. Cristiane is also reliable – if she says she will do something, like sending material, she does it. The classes always started on time, so it was easy to organise my day around them.
Language Trainers: We are so glad you have so many good things to say about Cristiane. And of all the things you learned with her, do you have any favorite expression?
Victoria Collins: Yes, my new favourite expression in Portuguese is “Deus te abençoe!”
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