About Language Trainers
Founded in 2004, 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 supplier of many international organizations, includingSee our full worldwide client list
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.
Language Trainers has a worldwide network of qualified and experienced native-speaking language teachers, from London to Lima. Our head office deals with administration, course development, academic support, and matching teachers with learners.
All of our experienced trainers are native speakers (or have a native-speaker level of the language taught) with appropriate teaching qualifications. They are locally based to reduce your expenses and travel time.
The directors of Language Trainers have worked at all levels in the language industry, from thousands of hours teaching to running schools. They are also dedicated language enthusiasts, speaking many languages between them.
Language Trainers Corporation of 21 O'Connors Lane, Old Tappan, NJ 07675 is incorporated in New Jersey and is a member of the Association for Language Learning and is ISO9001:2015 and BBB A+ accredited. Language Trainers was established in 2004.
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: English
Years of teaching experience: 13
Language Trainers: Hi, Erin! Can you tell us something about your teaching background? Why you teach, your qualifications and history, and what attracted you to Language Trainers
Erin: Hello! Yes, I teach English. I have CELTA certification in English as a Second Language and have worked as a teacher since 2008. I have taught classes online, and delivered face-to-face courses in company offices and language schools. I chose a career in teaching because I enjoy meeting people from different countries and, also, I wanted a job that allowed me to travel. Language Trainers offered me the opportunity to work one-to-one with students (online and face-to-face) and gives my students and me flexibility on how we want to schedule our lessons.
Language Trainers: What is your favorite thing about working with Language Trainers, and can you think of any fond moments from your time working with us?
Erin: The communication is very good between the management and the teachers. And anytime my students and I play Taboo to review new vocabulary is fun and memorable.
Language Trainers: What are your expectations in your classes? What should your students bring to each lesson, and what do you expect of yourself?
Erin: I enjoy working with students who enjoy talking about various subjects and are also comfortable working on grammar production, or grammar in spoken context. Meanwhile, my students can expect me to place lots of focus on speaking production, correct sentence structure and new vocabulary.
Language Trainers: It sounds like you work hard to give your students a solid foundation of language knowledge. Are there any fun expressions you like to teach, as well?
Erin: Oh, yes. English is full of them. Just today, I discussed the expression 'hit the nail on the head' with a student, which means to find the exact right answer.
Language Trainers: Would you recommend all students to study with Language Trainers?
Erin: Definitely! The one-to-one interaction with a teacher makes the experience very personal. Students can communicate directly to their teacher about what specific things they need help with.
Client Case Studies
”"We wanted to come to Peru with the confidence we could have small conversations with the people here. We knew that not only would it be helpful, but it would also enhance our experience and make us get more out of the trip"”Spanish for an Amazon Adventure
Tarran Kent-Hume and Olie Hunter Smart are two adrenaline-seeking adventurers who have dared to take on the western hemisphere’s longest and largest river, the Amazon. For five months, the two will be kayaking the 6,500 kilometer course of this gigantic, unpredictable river. While planning the adventure, the two enrolled in a 10-session online class with Language Trainers to learn Spanish before heading to South America. We caught up with them to chat about their trip and their experience with our online Spanish course.
Language Trainers: Good afternoon guys, how are you?
Olie Hunter Smart: Hi, we’re good, thanks! We’re currently in Lima, the first stop on our trip, and just finished a Google Hangout with a bunch of kids to talk to them about traveling and our adventure.
Tarran Kent-Hume: We’ll be here until Sunday or Monday and then we’ll be packing up and beginning the first part of our adventure at the Mantaro River here in Peru.
Language Trainers: Wow, I can imagine you’re excited about your upcoming kayak adventure down the Amazon! I know you’re probably busy with preparations so thanks for taking the time to chat. Can you tell us a little bit about yourselves and the adventure? We’ve been reading about your project and we’d love to hear more.
Tarran Kent-Hume: After six years as an investment banking headhunter, I knew I needed to make a change. I just turned 30 a couple weeks ago, and I wanted to do something big. I’m an adventurer: I practice Muay Thai fighting, I’ve climbed Mont Blanc, and now it’s onto conquering the Amazon. While I was in Thailand, I became fascinated by the rivers there and since I’d never been to South America, I figured the Amazon was the perfect next stop.
Olie Hunter Smart: When I was 18, I went to the Belizean jungle and it blew my mind. The scale of the trees and the peacefulness of it all really captivated me. I have been working in advertising in London for the past 10 years and wasn’t liking it. I thought there must be more than sitting behind a desk. Then I went traveling through Russia and South America with my girlfriend – it was incredible! When I got back, however, I went straight back into the world of advertising and got into the internal politics again, ending up right back where I was. I thought, “Nope! Can’t do this!” I needed to escape and live my life properly. I went camping with a guy who knew Tarran was going to be kayaking the Amazon and two weeks later, I met him and we began planning this trip together.
Language Trainers: So that’s why you began studying Spanish, right? To prepare for this trip?
Tarran Kent-Hume: Yes, we wanted to come to Peru with the confidence we could have small conversations with the people here. We knew that not only would it be helpful, but it would also enhance our experience and make us get more out of the trip. Also, if you speak someone’s language, they’re a lot more likely to help you out.
Language Trainers: What was your Spanish level beforehand?
Tarran Kent-Hume: I didn’t know much Spanish at all.
Olie Hunter Smart: Since I had traveled around South America before, I knew some and could understand when people talked. But it was frustrating because I didn’t know how to respond – I couldn’t put sentences together.
Language Trainers: And now that you’ve finished the course, how has your Spanish improved?
Tarran Kent-Hume: The classes helped massively. Plus we received homework outside the course which helped us process what we learned. We would write in Spanish and put thought into what we were writing, how to structure sentences and what we wanted to say. I know how to order food, ask for directions, and have short conversations with people – before I couldn’t do that!
Olie Hunter Smart: Right, and I liked that the class was more about conversing than specific vocabulary words. That really helped me get better.
Language Trainers: That’s great to hear. Have you been putting your new language skills to use?
Tarran Kent-Hume: Yes, in the past few days we’ve really been immersed. I listen to what people are saying and can pull out words I recognize, and piece together a response.
Olie Hunter Smart: Our knowledge of Spanish has already helped us out a lot here in Lima but it’s going to prove invaluable in the more rural parts where no one speaks English.
Language Trainers: What was your favorite part about your classes with us?
Tarran Kent-Hume: I liked that we could take the class together and online. After the class ended each time, I’d call Olie and we’d review our notes, converse in Spanish to practice, and talk about the homework.
Olie Hunter Smart: And our teacher was great. She knew why we wanted to learn Spanish and helped us make a list of keywords and phrases to know. For example, we know how to say “Please don’t shoot!” if we need to use it.
Language Trainers: Would you recommend Language Trainers in the future?
Olie Hunter Smart: Yeah, I would. We learned a lot in the short time we had. It has given me the confidence to talk a bit more and not rely on other people while I’m traveling.
Tarran Kent-Hume: Definitely – I already have recommended Language Trainers!
Language Trainers: One last question – do you have a favorite word or expression that you learned in Spanish?
Tarran Kent-Hume: “Vivir” – to live. It’s so beautiful and it has to be my favorite Spanish word.
Olie Hunter Smart: “Mañana” – tomorrow, why? Because everything that happens here happens mañana.
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