Client Case Studies
”Once I told my teacher I was going to Chile, she arranged my lessons so I would learn information about the customs and people of Chile.”Learning Spanish to Move Abroad
Language Trainers: Good morning Joseph. Thank you for taking the time to chat with us. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
Joseph Mahaut: Thank you, yes my name is Joseph and I am a freelance engineer in telecommunications, currently living in France. My clients range from companies such as Nokia to Ericsson. Before this, I used to work for Accenture.
Language Trainers: Why did you choose Language Trainers for your studies?
Joseph Mahaut: I knew I wanted to have a native Spanish speaker teaching me but I didn’t have the time to commute to a class. I was referred to Language Trainers through a friend and tried out an online Spanish class via Skype –and it really worked for me!
Language Trainers: That’s great to hear. What about the online courses appealed to you?
Joseph Mahaut: A long time ago I studied Spanish in a classroom setting: I didn’t get the one-on-one attention I needed, I wasted time in the commute, and I’d arrive late to class and stressed. I found the classrooms usually had too many people, and didn’t allow me the opportunity to practice through speaking. I listened a lot to others talk, but that didn’t help me.
With my one-to-one online language course, I could get my tea,sit down in front of my computer, and begin face-to-face lessons with a certified teacher regardless of where either of us is located. My teacher was a perfect fit but was thousands of miles away in Texas. With Language Trainers’ online course, my personalized Spanish courses were possible.
Language Trainers: You said you attempted studying Spanish before. Why did you decide to begin your studies again?
Joseph Mahaut: Yes, I took a two-week classroom Spanish course before when I was dating an Argentine woman, and after those intensive 2 weeks I still was not able to speak. In my past work conditions such as at Accenture, it wasn’t necessary I speak in anything other than English even though the higher-ups received language courses.
But now I am considering moving to Chile to live and work so I wanted to improve my Spanish skills before leaving to take a quick trip over. After just 20 lessons with Language Trainers, I could read and write and communicate with people during my two-month stay!
Language Trainers: Over all, what would you say was the most helpful part of the course?
Joseph Mahaut: There were 2 things that really stood out to me. First is the fact that I got to be at home. Everything was so efficient and organized with my teacher. We had a set agenda and she helped me learn much more than in the classrooms I had tried before.
Second thing is that once I told my teacher I was going to Chile, she arranged my lessons so I would learn information about the customs and people of Chile. I learned about Chileans’ mild behavior, the area, and how to speak to people there. I felt comfortable visiting and am getting ready to move there soon. All with the help of my teacher! It was really the cherry on top.
Language Trainers: And on a final note, would you recommend Language Trainers?
Joseph Mahaut: Yes, I will for sure!
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Teacher Case Studies
Language Taught: Spanish
Years of teaching experience: 4
What language do you teach, and why did you choose teaching as your career?
Teaching is something that has always come naturally to me; to my mother’s surprise, I taught my younger brother to read when I was 10 years old. Professionally, I also work as a translator and interpreter and when I was at university I used to help my peers with their Spanish grammar and always received excellent feedback so teaching felt like the right thing to do.
Where did you study, and how long have you been teaching, and what age group do you usually teach?
I studied my BA and MA at the University of Salford. I have been teaching for 4 years and the age of my students has ranged from 14 to 60.
What do you look for in a student?
I look for someone who is committed, someone who is eager to learn. Given that the student is motivated, together we can achieve great things!
What should students expect in you as a teacher?
I’m a very reliable person who will commit 100% to their teaching and will adapt each lesson to meet their needs and expectations. I try at all times to bridge the pre-conceived gap that exists between teacher and student. To me, we are two people working together towards a common goal, which is for them to grow in confidence, without feeling pressured whilst learning.
What is your favourite part of teaching?
Language Trainers’ staff has been very supportive from the start. My favourite aspect of teaching is to see the students’ reaction when they realise that they are able to hold a conversation in Spanish. That’s the best part of this job!