About Language Trainers Australia and New Zealand
Language Trainers provides individually-tailored language training on a one-on-one or small group basis to busy people who need language skills for business, family and travel needs.
Any language, anytime, anywhere (and online)
We offer personalized courses to clients throughout the United States of America and the world.
Every year, we provide MORE THAN 2,000 COURSES in 80+ LANGUAGES to OVER 5,000 STUDENTS in 250+ CITIES and MORE THAN 15 COUNTRIES
Whether our customers are based in the USA or abroad, our specialist team can connect them with local and professional tutors of any language.
At Language Trainers, we prioritize the client’s convenience. Our teachers will come to the office, to
homes, or a mutually agreed public place, and lessons can take place at any time of day. Teaching
subject-matter and exercises are designed according to the learning goals and ability of each
student, whether they want to learn a language to fluency or focus on a specific area, such as
business, family, travel, passing an exam, or healthcare.
The client journey
Our mission is to ensure anyone who wants to learn a language is able to do so, wherever they are, whenever they have time available.
We are the preferred language course provider of many multinational enterprisesSee our complete worldwide client portfolio
And finally, we are a trustworthy language course provider! We are an ISO 9001:2015 registered company, rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau, and certified by the UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP).
What does this mean for you? No matter where you are in the world, we promise to meet regulatory requirements, to continually improve, and to deliver the very best customer service to every single one of our clients.
From our HQ, we are able to direct all language courses across Australia and New Zealand, arranging lesson location, billing, as well as administration and teacher staffing thanks to our constantly-updated database of native-speaking qualified language teachers.
Our teachers are all hired locally, so if you want to take, say, a German course in Melbourne, your teacher will live in Melbourne or close by. All teachers have criminal background checks run on them and their references and qualifications are always verified. We only hire teachers who are knowledgeable and have a passion for teaching. Occasionally, if we are unable to find a local native-speaking teacher of your chosen language, we can offer sessions from a non-native teacher, but only if they have native speaker level in the language they will teach.
The directors of Language Trainers have experience in all facets of the language learning industry, from several thousand hours of teaching to running entire schools. They are also linguaphiles themselves, and between them they speak a wide variety of languages.
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: Japanese
Years of teaching experience: 6+
Language Trainers: Hello, Sakaya! Thank you for agreeing to this interview! Could you begin telling us a little about the languages that you teach and why you chose a career in teaching?
Sakaya: I teach Japanese, and I can do so since I have a great understanding of the learning process of a second language because I studied academic English by myself. I like to use my experience to teach Japanese to people from all over the world. This is why I’m always updating and improving my teaching skills.
Language Trainers: That’s key to a successful career in teaching! How did you do to get started? Tell us a bit about your teaching experience.
Sakaya: I have been teaching private and group Japanese classes in Australia for over 6 years to people who are 5 to 66 years old.
Language Trainers: And what attracted you to teach with Language Trainers at the beginning?
Sakaya: Working with Language trainers makes me feel supported. They always help when I have a problem or inquiry. Besides, the company provides many opportunities for teachers to develop their teaching skills. Also, both the student and the tutor are matched according to their profiles.
Language Trainers: It’s great that our system was one of the reasons why you decided to work with us. And now that you have been with us for a long time, what is your favourite thing about working with Language Trainers?
Sakaya: I really appreciate their support, their clear communication and reward system, and their easy and quick payment system. The compensation is very fair too!
Language Trainers: When a member of our staff contacts you with a new student, is there any particular trait you expect them to have?
Sakaya: The traits that I consider essential to learn Japanese are common sense and passion to learn the language and its culture.
Language Trainers: We agree on that! And what should students expect from you as their teacher?
Sakaya: I always prepare a special learning plan for each individual student using lots of fun and practical activities based on my 6 years of teaching experience. I try to make everything as easy and clear as possible. I use many reputable online websites, videos, audios, card games and grammar books. Some of them have even been used by the Murdoch University in West Australia. I also use a website based on the Japanese proficiency test JLPT Level 5-1 with many visual aids.
Language Trainers: Wow, those classes certainly seem like a lot of fun! So far, which has been your most memorable teaching experience with Language Trainers?
Sakaya: I have enjoyed every class that I have taught with Language Trainers. All the students they matched me with were very enthusiastic. Language Trainers always addressed all the concerns I had at the beginning. Also, I received a lovely Christmas card from Language Trainers, which I really appreciated!
Language Trainers: I’m glad you liked that! Now, for those students who are considering learning a language with us, why do you think they should enrol in a course with Language Trainers?
Sakaya: Language Trainer has a great reputation and history. They hire only qualified and experienced language trainers. Besides, they always answer quickly and provide great support.
Language Trainers: Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions today, Sakaya! Before you go, could you share with us a fun fact about the language you teach or a favourite expression you ask your students to learn?
Sakaya: One fun fact that not everyone knows is that the Japanese language has no genetic relation to any other language. This is why it is considered one of the most unique languages in the world. Many students also find it interesting that many other languages have words of Japanese origin, like emoji, Tsunami, the Kabuki brush and Pikachu! It also works the other way around. Japanese has a vast number of loanwords from other languages such as English, Portuguese, German. Some words like テレビ “terebi” derive from English, パン “pan”, “bread” comes from the Portuguese word pão, and アルバイト “arubaito” means “part-time worker” and comes from the German word Arbeit (work). One of my favourite expressions that students of all levels can say is Yatta!, which means “Yippee!” or “Yeeees!!!” when we express a happy, exciting feeling.
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. 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: Overall, 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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