"There were chances to practise giving classes and to see giving a class in action which removed nerves and gave ideas for my own classes better than I could get from online videos. I enjoyed meeting other people and seeing what their ideas, plans and hopes were."
Craig Savage, student
"Really good pacing, full of humour, really liked meeting others on the course."
Peter Watts, festival and events officer
"Mark was a fantastic teacher! I was so worried about the weekend having never done anything like that before, but he was so confident and inspirational, all my nerves just went away!"
Joel Collins, student
"Every aspect, especially the grammar section, helped expand my knowledge further and the practice lessons teaching these subjects really benefitted me for my future career with TEFL."
"Outstanding tutor. Very active and hands on course. Very helpful advice and support as well as a structured interesting course structure."
Martin Yeates, Retired NHS Chief Executive
"Roy made the course enjoyable and fun. He had great energy and enthusiasm."
Andy Barnes, Student
"The content was useful and practical. The tutor was knowledgeable and friendly."
Louise Stevenson, Teacher
"Great tutor-led activities. As a facilitator and teacher, Amy provided the right mix of fun, knowledge, and practical activity to bring the group together and support everybody. An excellent way to spend a weekend."
June Barnes, trainer
"The enthusiasm of the tutor, as well as the content of the course, gave a real boost to my confidence."
Hugh Mackay, administrator
"I enjoyed actually doing the methods of teaching we were being taught, it helped me remember the techniques."
Nicolas Danby, psychology teacher
"Our tutor Caroline was extremely good and made the course so enjoyable. I also enjoyed getting to know the other like-minded students and was able to make a lot of friends. All in all a really enjoyable weekend!"
Martha Jones, waitress
"The variety of activities and the fun interaction with Caroline and the course participants."
"I felt I was learning new skills from the advice given."
"Caroline's depth of knowledge and willingness to answer any type of query. Interactive nature of the course broke down inhibitions very quickly."
"Great teacher and plenty of opportunity to get involved in the course. Lots of info learnt."
Robert Leeming, writer
"Richard made the course fun to learn, and every bit of it was made interesting even the grammar section!"
"What I most liked about the course was getting the opportunity to learn alongside people in the same position as me, and also getting to teach them ourselves, giving us valuable confidence and experience."
James Whinnery, bar attendant
"The teacher was excellent, very engaging and very open and knowledgeable."
David Moran, Sales
"It was fast paced, but that kept it from being boring. And Amy our tutor was very good."
"The teacher was excellent in explaining everything."
Gelu Negreanu, student
"Everything I thought I wanted to know was answered and explained. It was very enjoyable, and the time flew by."
Lois Robson, parliamentary assistant
"The tutor was brilliant and she made a long weekend very entertaining and informative. There were also plenty of opportunities for practical work and personalised feedback."
Keith Gully, care worker
"Very accessible, engaging and involving with a variety of activities and a pleasing, light-hearted atmosphere. Tutor was easy to work with and provided excellent information and advice for teaching opportunities."
Andrew Hallam, student
"I thought Caroline was an excellent tutor, and the material covered would be very useful. I find it hard to understand how you would get the same experience from the course without having done a taught course to accompany the online and video."
Fiona Bradshaw, business operations admin
"A very resourceful tutor, I had loads of fun learning and performing the activities, and even as a former teacher I learnt a lot from Amy. She is an excellent teacher."
Yvonne Clare, translator
"I enjoyed the course as a whole. Our tutor, Rich worked really hard and was extremely enthusiastic. For a group of complete strangers he managed to make sure we got to know each other very quickly so we could work together well."
Sharon Green, associate prosecutor
"I think the fact that there were only 8 people on the course made it the perfect sized group. Roy was excellent at engaging us and showing us techniques that can be used when teaching. The course was well structured and gave a good basic understanding."
"Everything on the course was good, enjoyed all of it."
Andrew Williams, ICT Technician
"What a supportive environment. While I found parts of the course difficult, particularly the Grammar section, I felt supported both by the teacher and fellow students and left the course in a positive mood accepting that I needed to practice certain areas."
Simon Hodgkins, Customer Service Agent (Call Centre)
"It was fun, relaxed, informative, extremely helpful. Amy was excellent, really friendly, fun and made the weekend easy!"
Noa Bayley, DJ
"I loved how interactive it was and the amount of lesson plan ideas given as examples for different ways of teaching."
Sara Devine, Waitress
"Content of course was challenging but was very well presented by an excellent tutor. He was very knowledgeable and made learning hugely enjoyable."
Alex Cheek, chauffeur
"I was happy with the relaxed atmosphere and how much information was given."
Alex Castle, Teaching Assistant
"I was glad for the opportunity to learn and practice teaching grammar."
Siobhan Mullen, Media Lecturer
"The tutor was excellent and varied the activities to make the course very enjoyable. All of the group got on really well together and helped and supported each other."
Olwyn Sharples, supply teacher
"The tutor was extremely engaging and very enthusiastic. I was sad when it finished."
Helena Carrington, governess
"I enjoyed being with a group of like-minded people who were all there to learn and get inspiration. I found Amy really helpful and approachable and know that I will use a lot of what she showed us when I get round to teaching my first lessons."
Rebecca Thomas, barmaid
"I loved everything! It was stimulating and relevant to my needs."
Amber Bates, nurse
"The content was comprehensive and it flowed well from topic to topic."
Jane Peeler, Library and Resource Centre Manager
"Enthusiastic/knowledgeable tutor and course content. Good balance of necessary theory and lots of the practical 'learning by doing'. Perfect class size!"
David Martin, barrister
"Information given (particularly on grammar) was very useful and the way in which it was taught helped with understanding."
Camilla Kerr, drama teacher
"Richard was an excellent tutor; he answered all the questions, helped and encouraged us until the end."
Vera Csocsics, supply teacher
"It was a friendly environment where I felt comfortable to learn and ask questions."
Emma Merrett, Outbound Sales Representative
"The way it was structured was good and enabled me to gain confidence in learning and teaching English grammar to foreign students."
Elizabeth Gately, mental health nurse
"The course is so fun that you don't even notice the long days and energy is kept high because of this. You learn so much in a short space of time and I am very pleased with how much I got out of the weekend."
"I liked that it was challenging. Also, Asif has a wealth of experience which he shared with us and which I think was one of the most valuable things about the course."
Lewis Tonks, student
"Meeting so many like-minded people and getting to see/put lessons into practise, it gave me some great ideas for my own classes. It was really inspiring!"
Claire Pearson, scientist
"Even though there was a lot of information, I enjoyed weekend as the information was taught in a fun and interactive way."
Amy Birch, graduate
"The tutor, Amy, was very good. She was clear, friendly, and made us all feel very comfortable with one another."
Penny Kinder, social worker
"The fact that it was very interactive and practical; it clearly showed us how to conduct different types of activities with the students."
Timothy Grison, English teacher
"Fun, interactive, and informative. A great way to learn how to teach by actually being shown and doing it yourself!"
Jade McKelvey, project coordinator
"Well structured and taught; tutor gave lots of constructive criticism and gained feedback from all students as we progressed through the course. Loved the useful examples and learnt how they could be tailored to various levels of understanding."
Jane Ash, social worker
"I was impressed with the tutor's knowledge and skills."
Emma Skipp, Administrative Assistant
"I enjoyed the pace of it along with the group dynamic."
Nicholas Pearse, gardener