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: Amharic
Years of teaching experience: 10+
Good afternoon, Mesay! Please can you share with our readers which language you teach and why?
Hello! I am Amharic teacher. There are countless reasons to be a teacher. It is true that every job makes a difference in someone’s life one way or another; however, with teaching you feel the direct effect you make on the people around you. The opportunity to impart your ideas and knowledge to another person is wonderful and exciting.
And why teach languages, specifically?
The importance of communication is often overlooked. Despite our great prowess in communication, misunderstandings and mistranslations are commonplace. It is arrogant to believe that one can travel the world and expect all of mankind to understand one’s own native tongue. In order to travel the world, whether for business or pleasure, a desire and willingness to adapt to new cultures and communicative methods is necessary. Language Trainers is the best solution for achieving this.
And what are your qualifications?
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in English Language from Jimma University in 2008. Since then, I have been teaching in Ethiopia, as well as teaching Amharic online.
What made you want to use your talents and experience to teach with Language Trainers?
I spent a lot of time researching online schools and was very impressed with what Language Trainers offers. Between the award-winning language teaching staff and the personalized education, it is everything I wanted.
And have we lived up to your expectations? What have you enjoyed about working with us?
My favourite things about working with Language Trainers are the opportunities to share experiences with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and the freedom to juggle my time; I like not being tied down to a fixed schedule.
What do you hope for when we find a client who wants to learn Amharic from you?
Learning a language requires active communication, so I expect my students to have the ability to think and work independently.
And what should they expect from you?
I always focus on getting my students to communicate, both orally and in writing, about real-life scenarios.
Do you have any fun or interesting Amharic facts you like to teach others?
Amharic is a very interesting and beautiful language. It is a Semitic language and, therefore, shares a few words with Arabic. However, for the most part, it is unique. For example, the Amharic script is written in the Ge’ze script (in Amharic, ግዕዝ), which is unlike any other in the world. Ge’ez is the language from which Amharic is descended and is no longer spoken in Ethiopia.
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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