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.
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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: Spanish
Years of teaching experience: 4+
Language Trainers: Hello, Raquel. Please can you tell us a little about the language you teach and why, and your teaching career, in general?
Raquel: I teach Spanish, my mother tongue. I chose this career because I believe that being able to teach a language is the best way to preserve it. Spanish is a language that more people in the world speak every day, and it is a point of pleasure and pride to be able to transmit the knowledge that I possess of my mother tongue. In this sense, having been born in Uruguay, and being a resident of Spain for more than 20 years, I have the advantage of knowing the two most common forms of the Spanish language: European Spanish and Latin American Spanish.
Language Trainers: What experience and qualifications did you acquire prior to working with Language Trainers?
Raquel: My university degree is actually a bachelor’s of communication sciences, and I later specialized as a vocational training teacher and tutored courses through e-learning educational platforms. This sparked my love of teaching and I started as a Spanish teacher in 2016, working as a conversation assistant in the United Kingdom. Eventually, this led to me teaching the Spanish language via online and private language classes, primarily to foreigners residing in Spain.
Language Trainers: At which point you found Language Trainers, correct? Tell me, what did you like most about the company? What made you want to apply to work with us?
Raquel: What most attracted me to Language Trainers was the possibility of teaching students from different countries. Having students from different parts of the world also provides me with the possibility to learn about the different cultures of their home countries.
Language Trainers: And is the international nature of your online students still your favorite thing about working with the company, or has anything else trumped that now that you have started working with us?
Raquel: What I like the most is being able to work independently, with the freedom to choose the students I want to teach and work according to a schedule that suits me. With Language Trainers, it is possible to choose the course proposals that best suit my personal interests. In addition, the professionalism of dealing with the course coordinators, and the seriousness and responsibility of the company when making teachers’ payments, are very important plus points.
Language Trainers: I’m so pleased you are enjoying your time working with us! Can you think of any special memories or moments from your Language Trainers experience?
Raquel: It is difficult to speak of a specific experience, since I have been lucky to have very good students. All of them have been responsible and highly interested in learning the language, from those who need it for professional reasons to those who simply love the Spanish language and culture and want to know more.
Language Trainers: Is this interest to learn a key element of what you look for in your students?
Raquel: Yes, providing my students have an interest in learning the language, I can easily adapt to their different learning rhythms. If there is empathy and a willingness to learn, everything is possible.
Language Trainers: Assuming your students bring this interest and empathy to every class, what can they expect from you?
Raquel: Seriousness and responsibility when teaching, together with a high degree of empathy, understanding, and dedication.
Language Trainers: Learning any language should be fun. Can you share an interesting fact about Spanish that you love to impart to your students?
Raquel: I always tell my students, jokingly, that learning Spanish is not easy, but they are lucky to have me as a teacher to facilitate their learning. I try to create a fun learning environment, where my students feel comfortable and look forward to the next class. I often say, the first thing you should learn is to say in Spanish is vale (ok) and gracias (thank you). Then, when you don't understand something, just SMILE!
Language Trainers. And would you recommend students looking to learn Spanish, or any language, to enroll with Language Trainers?
Raquel: Absolutely, everyone interested in learning Spanish should choose Language Trainers due to their high degree of responsibility and seriousness with students and teachers in general.
Client Case Studies
”I wanted to be taught by a real person and native Thai speaker as opposed to a computer program.”Learning Thai for Relocation After the Pandemic
Chris’ Path to Fluency
Language Trainers: Hello, Chris! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience today. Could you tell us a little about you and the language you chose to learn and why?
Chris Foord: I am Australian, aged 73 years, and have a Thai partner. We will be moving permanently to Thailand as soon as Covid restrictions on travel are lifted. So, obviously, I need to be able to speak Thai. Learning a language is also very good for keeping the mind active. I have learned both French and Papua New Guinea pidgin languages during my times living in those countries.
Language Trainers: Great! Speaking Thai will allow you to experience Thailand in a way that most other visitors can’t. And what attracted you to learn with Language Trainers?
Chris Foord: I wanted to be taught by a real person and native Thai speaker as opposed to a computer program. After searching the internet, I decided Language Trainers offered what I was looking for. It also gave me the option of taking a free lesson to check out the teacher.
Language Trainers: What is your favourite thing about studying with Language Trainers?
Chris Foord: The flexibility of lessons for both me and the teacher. I am a busy man running a company and have many variables as regards meetings and travel, so I sometimes need to reschedule. I also like the flexibility of the interaction and learning process depending on questions that arise and the direction that each lesson goes in. I am also able to get the teacher to repeat the pronunciation of words and write them phonetically, so I can recall how to pronounce them when revising. It is also enjoyable because you get to know the teacher and hear a bit about their lives. Kingkarn is a very good teacher with excellent English language skills and a friendly, effervescent, positive manner.
Language Trainers: It’s great to know that Kingkarn was such a good match for you! And what was the most helpful aspect of your course?
Chris Foord: Everything is written down and the words are colour-coded, so it is easy to see what part of the Thai sentence relates to the English translation. Each lesson is then emailed to me in Word/PDF.
Language Trainers: That’s a great learning technique if you are a visual learner. And what has been your most rewarding outcome from this experience?
Chris Foord: I think I have started to learn to speak the basics of Thai fairly quickly which is always rewarding and encouraging. It’s not nearly as complicated as French.
Language Trainers: How much do you believe your language ability has improved? Have you had an opportunity to use your new skills in the real world?
Chris Foord: Yes, I have learnt over 50 verbs, plenty of vocabulary and the way sentences are constructed in Thai and am able to formulate sentences fairly easily. And yes, I use my new-found skills by conversing with my partner online every day.
Language Trainers: What a great experience, Chris! Thank you very much!
Chris Foord: You're welcome!
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