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“What I like the most about the course was giving presentations and writing letters to each other” –(Mizuho, May 2015 Session)
“I enjoyed talking about some interesting themes freely” – (Tomoyuki, May 2015 Session)
“I liked that I could speak politely and communicate with other people” – (Reetu, May 2015 Session)
“I feel this course is really helpful to me and Vlad is very diligent and patient so that I am very satisfied with it.” (Johnny, Business English Course Student – July 2013)
“Gareth Heenan is an excellent teacher. I was given personal attention, encouraged to speak and made more confident by the course.” (Nadia Antonova, Business English (Speaking) Course Student – January 2014)
“Many topics were covered regarding business English. Gareth was fully devoted and I liked the teaching method.” (Nadia Antonova, Business English (Speaking) Course Student – January 2014)
“I liked that the course used specific examples which I can use at work!” (Martina Gerber, Business English (Speaking) Course Student – February 2014)
“There were many useful techniques and a lot of examples and practices in the course.” (Jackson Wang, Business English (Speaking) Course Student – February 2014)
“The learning environment was interactive!” (Jia Yang, Business English (Speaking) Course Student – February 2014)
“The lectuter, Brad, not only taught us the language and communication skills, but also the culture behind the language which expanded our knowledge. He can also adjust the topics based on our requirement, such as the skills on presentation. ” (Commonwealth Bank Australia, Language Training Clientm – August 2014)
Adriana has a Bachelor degree in Arts in Romanian and English Language and Literature from Transilvania University, Brasov, Romania. She also hold a Certificate IV in TESOL, CELTA Qualification as well as Certificate for Training and Assessment.
Adriana is originally from Romania. She been passionate about learning and teaching languages since childhood. Over the past ten years she has been working as a teacher and translator of medical English. She worked in public schools in Romania teaching general English and in vocational schools teaching English for the tourism and hospitality industry. While in the Czech Republic she also taught exam English. In Australia she has been teaching general English and also IELTS.
Brad is Australian born and graduated in Business Management in Sydney in 1998. He holds an Advanced Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) as well as Certificate IV in Fitness and Health.
Having worked as an Operating Assistant for over 8 years as well as gaining experience in ICU, Accident and Emergency and several hospital wards including Orthopaedic and Cardio Thoracic, Brad has a broad knowledge of the Australian healthcare and hospital system. He has taught Medical, Business and General English here in Australia and also Shanghai, China. Brad brings a fresh and enthusiastic approach to the OET curriculum focusing on group participation in a friendly environment.
Danny holds a Master Degree in translation from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor Degree in Commerce from the University of Sydney.
Danny has worked as an IELTS teacher for many years. She has a lot of experience in teaching IELTS and many students achieved 7 and 8 in IELTS test after attending Danny’s class. She’s passionate about learning and teaching languages and IELTS. She taught English in both Australia and China including New Oriental Beijing, Cambridge Education Center, Tsinghua University etc. Also Danny worked as a professional translator and interpreter at the University of Sydney (Sydney World Program).
Liza Joy Cassidy has a BA Dip.Ed. Secondary in Drama & Dance from University of Western Sydney, Penrith. She has been involved in many Theatre Productions in Germany, UK & Australia. She also has a Bachelor of Education (Primary) from Australian Catholic University. She has ESL Teacher International Certificate III and is very experienced in teaching Literacy Studies & English to both Primary K-6; Secondary 7-11, Adults-Beginners to Advanced, and IELTS.
Lisa has taught ESL for over 10 years in a Private Language College in Strathfield, Upsun, Essential Language College, now known as Prime. She also taught ESL at Berala Public School to Refugees and English at James An Coaching Academy. She also taught English in England in 2006 & 2012.
Vladislav completed his first degree in English at Udmurt State University in Russia where he studied at the Faculty of Foreign Languages and earned a Bachelor in Linguistics, Interpreting and Intercultural Communication. He also graduated from Charles Sturt University, Australia and holds a Bachelor degree in Secondary Teaching in LOTE (Languages Other than English – German). Besides, Vlad is qualified as a 4 Year Trained Teacher and eligible to teach with Catholic Education Office of Sydney. He is currently doing Master of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of Western Sydney.
Having taught a wide range of courses in various establishments Vladislav has gained extensive experience at different levels. He taught English as a Second Language, Russian as a Foreign Language and German at a British Language School in Moscow for five years. Also, Vladislav has experience of in-company teaching and at both secondary and tertiary levels. In Russia he successfully taught a wide range of language courses at Moscow Aviation University e.g. IELTS, Business and General English/German. Moreover, as an in-company teacher he has worked for such international companies as: City Bank, Price Waterhouse Coopers, British Petroleum, Maerskline, KPMG, British American Tobacco, Unicredit Bank, Deutsche Bank and many others.
During his study in Australia at Charles Sturt University he has successfully taught as part of his Professional Practicum at different schools such as Albury High School and Carlingford High School in Sydney where he taught German and had an opportunity to prepare Year 12 students for the HSC exam. As he has always been enthusiastic about teaching new courses during the study at Charles Sturt University he participated in the Refugee Action Support Program at WaggaWagga High School where he was an ESL tutor for High School Chinese students.
Luis is a diploma in Spanish Instituto de Cervantes C2 Teaching Level in university of Deusto Bilbao, Spain. He is a NAATI accredited interpreter and translator for Spanish. Luis also holds an Interpreting Diploma and Diploma in Spanish Language from TAFE.
Luis has worked in different schools before teaching in Sydney Language Solutions. He was once English teacher in International Centre, Velvet School, St Georges English Academy, Drogheeda School in Bilbao, Spain. He is experienced in teaching both adults or children and is an expert in his area since 2001 in Europte
When will I have an individual assessment?
After you have enrolled in the course, the teacher will conduct an assessment of your pronunciation by listening to you give a five-minute speech. You need to submit this five-minute speech by audio file immediately after you enrol and payment for the course has been processed. The feedback will be provided duringyour first lesson with 10 minutes allocated for each student.
What happens in an individual assessment?
The teacher will assess your pronunciation, intonation and any problematic sounds that you may have. The trainer will explain to you the errors you have in your pronunciation as a result of your native language and highlight the sounds that you need to pay particular attention to during the course.
If I don’t want to enrol into the course, can I still have an assessment?
If you don’t want to pay for the course, you can still book an individual assessment with the teacher to ascertain your current level. The assessment costs $70 and includes a 40-minute assessment and the audio file of the teacher’s feedback about your pronunciation.
Do I need to have an assessment if I take a group class (4-6 students)?
If you enrol in the course, you do not need to pay for the individual assessment but we strongly recommend that you do consider undertaking the assessment to ascertain your level.
What happens in each class?
After the analysis of any pronunciation problems, the trainer will guide you through all the sound systems of the English language (consonants, vowels, stress and intonation) and highlight the differences between it and your native language. Constant attention will be given to your performance so you can be alerted to what sounds you are most likely to make errors in and how you can fix these.
You will be required to constantly pronounce a lot of words/sequences (usually relating to job interviews or meeting scenarios) so the trainer can focus on improving your pronunciation. At the end of every class, you are required to record approximately three files of fiveminutes reading in which your pronunciation will be checked and commented on by the trainer. The feedback/report will be given to you in the next class you attend.
You are also required to carry out role-playing with your classmates so they can check the clarity of your speech. There will also be five minutes of public speaking at the end of the class.
Can the class benefit me if my classmates speak different languages to me?
As the class only has 4-6 students, you have the maximum chance to practice and focus on your problematic sounds. As the trainer already knows the typical problematic sounds of your native language, it is not a problem for them to identify these sounds for you or your classmates, even if they use a different language. Learning with a classmate who has a different language may also help you to become more aware of other pronunciation errors and improve your listening comprehension when talking with people from other countries, aside from English native speakers.
How can I have the best result out of the course?
You should focus on all of the sounds pointed out by your instructor as the problematic sounds that come as a result of your mother tongue.
Be aware of how these sounds are pronounced by native-speaking trainers, try to record their speaking in class and imitate them to achieve the best results. Record your pronunciation after each class, listen attentively and see whether you have progressed compared to your audio recording of your pronunciation before you joined the class.
Can I record my pronunciation in each class?
Yes, you can bring your own recorder and record your own pronunciation, but you should make this clear to your classmates and trainer. Please be aware that you cannot publish any recording of teachers and other classmates without permission.
Will you advise me on which course to take?
As this is a pronunciation course, the class will focus on helping you with pronouncing the sounds, and not focus on grammar or vocabulary. Therefore, you can join the class if you are at an intermediate level and your listening skill is good enough to understand the trainer’s instruction.
The course is set up as standard for an average student, with sufficient effort and about 20-hours in-class and 20-hours self-study time to improve pronunciation. However, depending on how serious your problems are with yourpronunciation, you may need to take more time to improve your speaking.
After your submit the initial audio file, the teacher will give you feedback on how much time she thinks you need to spend on improving your skill. She will also suggest whether this intensive course will be enough or if you may need extra tuition outside of class.
How do I book my class?
You can call us 9283 9892 and provide all your details, your native language and payment details to book online. We will fill the online form in for you (this means that you agree to the terms and conditions of the course). Alternatively, you can just fill in the online enrolment form and start the course.
What happens if I missed one class?
If you have to miss one class, we suggest you inform our office at least three days in advance about your absence. We will try to record the lesson and leave the training material for you to collect at the following class.
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