Aspire Institute Testimonials
I have teaching experience and for the past 16 months I`ve taught more than 1600 hours (25 hours a week ) as ESOL teacher in an adult college in London. At the beginning I was teaching two groups a day ( different level ) high level ESOL ( Level 1 and Level 2 and students preparing for IELTS exam ) and Literacy Entry 1, 2 and 3 ( some learners with learning difficulties ).
At the moment I'm teaching same amount of hours every week but different levels, in the morning ESOL pre entry (beginners class) and in the afternoon ESOL Entry 2 level. Each class for 3,5 hours Monday – Thursday.
I also prepared students for Cambridge exams, IELTS exam and City & Guilds and AQA exams.
I would like to gain an advanced level qualification and I had an excellent experience with your previous course and the tutor ( Mihaela Dascalu ).
Thank you so much for teaching the course in Greece. Indeed, it was everything and more that I expected. While you were tired, you put forth so much energy and dedication. This is the first time that I can honestly say that I walked away with something very valuable. Yes, I have my 1st and advanced degree, however I feel that this certificate is something much more. It has fulfilled my dream. Thank you. You absolutely can use me as a reference should others contact you.
It was really nice chatting with you today. I wanted to let all of you at Intesol know how much I enjoyed my TEFL course in Peru. I was one
of the April class, and I'm so glad I chose to go to Cusco, and to go through Intesol Peru. I have talked to other TEFL students since returning to the US, and I really believe the training
we received at Intesol Peru was superior to most other schools. Both Ken Jones and Mark Deming are terrific instructors, and most certainly encourage you to work extremely hard! One of the
most valuable parts of the training was the Student Teaching, working with actual students. The detailed critiques that accompanied each lesson were a very good tool to aid growth and
Cusco itself was wonderful. The people were so friendly, and the surroundings are lovely. All the people in the office at Intesol Peru went out of their way to help, encourage, and make us welcome. My husband came with me, and they were every bit as welcoming to him. We both learned a lot about another culture, and find ourselves wanting to return. I think there is every possibility of traveling back to Peru for a longer time; I know I would enjoy teaching English there. You mentioned that Ken may be working with another school in Chile; do you know where? It will be a while until we can do this again, but I'd like to start thinking about different possibilities. Again, thank you. Intesol Peru is a "class act."
I recently finished a course with INTESOL Greece and wanted to add a few comments on my experience.
The guidance and teaching from Mihaela was amazing. I went in expecting a lot of work and found that but at no point was I overwhelmed thanks to the expert training I was given. Being able to teach actual Greek students during the course was a fantastic experience.
The entire course, the training and location were ideal and overall a life changing experience.
Thank you very much.
The course was better than I expected. Course content very thorough. Trainer awesome, knowledgeable, helpful. Always on hand and glad to help. Accommodation perfect, could not have asked for better!
Amazing! Couldn't have wished for a more relaxed welcoming atmosphere. Everything is in one place: school, rooms, pool, pool bar. So important on such an intensive course. Our trainer was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about all aspects of ESOL teaching. Always calm and able to answer any questions put to her Support was excellent even when our trainer was very busy she would stop and help. Never made us feel like we couldn’t knock on her door. Mihaela and Victor were the perfect hosts. I will highly recommend both the course and the hotel to anyone interested in a TESOL course.
I expected an intensive course, and there’s a lot of ground covered in four weeks, but I was surprised by the quality and the holistic/human course delivery. The trainer was very generous. Provided a model of how to create an environment for growth and learning. Generously shared knowledge and skills. Offered support, time, respected individual styles. Always there, always present, always herself. The accommodation was perfect. Good to have a quiet space and all the hotel spaces for meeting and chatting. There is nothing I read before coming on the course that prepared me for the potential for personal growth that Mihaela made possible. Maybe you could find the words cos’ I can’t.
Thank you for being here.
Tutor was exceptional! Extremely knowledgeable and able to convey material in a simple manner. Extremely patient as well. Course content was diverse. The range of topics covered was perfect. From what to teach, how to teach, to what we do when we leave here. Excellent. I don’t feel lost. Everyone (teacher and director) were excellent and understanding of what students need. Emotionally as well. Not once felt unguided. Don’t change. You are all such wonderful people!
Thank you SO much for being such a good host. Heather felt like she was with her second family. I have been at peace in my heart knowing she
is with good people such as all of you.
Please do not leave Crete until I am able to visit you all! That is my latest goal-to visit Crete and Victor and Mihaela. With Heather’s support I am sure we can make it happen.
And if your travels ever take you to the United States and to the state of Ohio, you will find a small suburb near Toledo and Detroit Michigan called Maumee (Maw mee). That is where you will find a family ready to welcome you at any time. I might even fix you that yummy American potato salad !!! (reference to Heather’s use of this recipe for her authentic materials lesson).
Thank you so much for being the friend that you are and may God bless you.
I really enjoyed the teaching practice at Nantwich. I was so nervous
when I went but Jean and all the staff really put me at ease and were very helpful. I enjoyed the observation classes and then progressed to teaching. My Northern Ireland accent was really
useful for those students sitting exams the following week as they had a very different voice to listen to! The feedback from the staff was excellent and their comments will help in my
I was very interested in the different aspects that were offered to the students. They received an interesting variety of teaching topics and this widened their vocabulary and speaking ability. The students worked hard and yet the atmosphere was not at all stressful. I fondly remember the poems one class wrote about chocolate, and the discussion one class had about talents and skills. This developed the students' thinking skills as well as the ability to put their thoughts into English words.
The whole experience was extremely worthwhile and to be recommended to anyone completing an ESOL teaching course, or a student learning English. My thanks to all who made it possible. I will never forget it.
I have recently completed a TESOL qualification at Regents English
Language Centre in Nantwich, Cheshire and I wish to let you know of my total satisfaction with the entire course.
Although extremely challenging, the entire staff were cooperative, friendly and helpful throughout and every module was taught with great effectiveness and enthusiasm. I do not think I could have chosen a better place to undertake such a course and although I do not share the religious beliefs of the centre, this was never a problem.
The whole course was conducted with skill and complete professionalism and I would be happy to recommend Regents [Nantwich centre] to anyone.
It's the experience of a lifetime! The location, accommodation, classes, staff - everything is simply wonderful! At home in the U.S. I am a high school history teacher so I have taken my share of education classes. But our trainer, Mihaela, is the best instructor I have ever had! She organizes the material in a clear and logical way and brings such energy to the classroom that you can't help but be excited about your progress. We were never at a loss for guidance, creative ideas or support - on ALL levels. I also appreciated the fact that our classes and lodging were in the same building. The Alkion Hotel truly was our "home away from home" complete with a relaxed family atmosphere. Obtaining a TESOL certificate has opened so many doors for me and I can't wait to put it to work while exploring our world at the same time! I recommend this course to everyone - without a doubt!
Overall, Intesol Spain is as an excellent course with quality instructors who genuinely care about the students' success as TEFL teachers.
From my very first email contact with them, they addressed my questions and concerns, putting me at ease and making me comfortable with my decision to move abroad and earn a living teaching
English. Upon arrival, the course revealed itself to be not only a valuable tool in training to become a teacher, but also to live in and adapt to a new society and a new way of living, with
advice on apartment hunting, budgeting, and job searching. Specifically, the course seemed appropriately rigorous taking up a fair amount of my time, but leaving me the option to explore and
integrate into Barcelona. In retrospect, the content of the course was just about as right on as possible in terms of preparing for what to expect when actually teaching English. In
particular, the multiple hours of teaching practice, which I happen to know exceeds the offering of major competitors, adequately prepared me for what I would eventually face as a TEFL
Within two weeks of completing the course, I found 8 hours a week, for a rate that exceeded what I was told was the average pay. Within a month, after using the comprehensive list of English academies located in Barcelona provided by Intesol, that total had risen, to 15. Within another month, I brought my weekly hours to 20, which is about the maximum a schedule can handle, given travel time. The classes are, for the most part, extremely rewarding. I have received nothing but positive comments regarding my teaching abilities, and I know a large part of that can be attributed to the Intesol course. For anyone
interested in establishing a TEFL career in Spain, or anywhere in the world, I highly recommend the Intesol course.
I've just got my certificates (!) so just thought I'd write a quick note to say thank you for all your help throughout my course. Your course was recommended to me and I'll have no qualms about recommending it to my friends. I am particularly grateful for all the help your staff have given me, it was really great to know there was always a friendly person at the end of the phone. My teaching practice was a real eye opener, and has got me quite excited about my trip to South America in a few weeks. I've heard you can find work in Cuzco and it's quite beautiful, so I think I'll spend some time there. Anyway,
"Intesol Prague was an excellent experience! Although I had a year of TEFL teaching experience, I knew I needed more professional development. I had no idea how or when to explain complex grammar or how to enter a beginner level classroom and teach. After Intesol Prague, I feel well-prepared to enter any TEFL classroom. Vince has a wealth of experience and knows how to prepare TEFL teachers. The personal attention and feedback on student-teaching was invaluable and allowed me to identify and address my strengths and weaknesses. Hana, Jitka, Ladya, and the TTA staff have been friendly, helpful, and thoughtful from the moment I landed in Prague. The standard accomodation was wonderfully convenient for the school, and Hana's booklet on Prague addressed every day needs from how to purchase gym passes to where to do laundry. We had numerous meetings on job guidance, and I was able to arrange an interview with a school in Prague before the course ended. Hana even helped me secure a long-term apartment for my long-term stay in Prague. I must admit that when I boarded the plane to come to Prague I had serious reservations, but I could not have asked for a better experience."
"I thoroughly enjoyed both the intensive TESOL course and the following business English course. The intensive course is certainly hard work, however it is very rewarding. The staff were always friendly and approachable and helped not just with the course itself but with finding apartments and future employment as well. You really feel like you are being taught by the best throughout the course, as the lessons are interesting, student centred and fun. I learnt more than I thought possible in the short space of time that I had and was able to join this with practical practice in the classroom teaching Czech students. This was scary at first but very rewarding it was nice to build up a rapport with the students and gain more insight into cultural experiences, language levels etc. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to gain a TESOL certificate. It has been brilliant in every aspect, the location of the school, the staff, the adjoining TTA teachers with whom I have made many friends to the course itself, which has been fully professional and insightful throughout."
"My name is Chrystal Aitchison, I took your Cert (ES) TESOL course about 4 years ago. I hope you remember me! I returned from Japan about 6 months ago. I truly had a fantastic time out in Japan and believe that without your certificate it would not have been possible to obtain a visa. I got a full 3-year work permit.
I worked for three different English Language Companies, including ECC. They made me Native Co-ordinator for the Tokyo area. A very challenging position for a 21 year old, combining management of around 500 foreign teaching staff, seasonal events, scheduling kindergarten sessions, and piloting a scheme to bring English into the lives of Elementary school children in a school setting.
I thought that maybe I would have gotten the teaching bug out of my system after I returned to the UK. I am just about to finish a contract for a local Japanese firm, where I'd been working as a Japanese Liaison Assistant. (Yes, as a result of 3 years without English TV, I’m now fluent in spoken Japanese). I find myself thinking more and more about my teaching past and about how much satisfaction it gave me to see my students (aged 2 - 78 years) making progress and gaining in confidence with English. I could see them begin to express themselves and take on brave new personalities that hadn't been seen before. As you can tell, my 3 years really did change my life, and my students tell me it changed theirs too."
The staff is very experienced and knowledgeable. They are extremely helpful and provide a fun atmosphere for students and trainees. We were given many good examples through observation and participation; I think it is good to involve the students instead of lecturing all the time - they certainly practise what they preach! The experience I gained through teaching during the course is something you cannot get anywhere else. Prague is a beautiful city and has so many things to offer that there is never a dull moment. I could not have asked for a better apartment or location in the city - especially because it was so close to the school. I recommend Intesol to anyone who is interested in helping others achieve their goal at learning English. It is truly an unforgettable experience."
"I received the certificate two weeks ago. Thanks a million. Truly appreciate what you have done for me. The certificate will truly come in helpful. At present, I am teaching in one of the government colleges in NZ and I am thinking of changing to another school. Yours is the only TESOL certificate that I have and I'm sure it will help me in my application.
Thanks a lot again."
"Thanks for your many emails and help during the time I have been taking my TESOL course. You will be pleased to know that I have now completed the course, and have sent my grades to your Knutsford address to obtain my certificate.
I would like to say how much I enjoyed the course. I found that the modules got more and more interesting and I feel that I have learned a lot in a very short space of time. The trainers were excellent, and I found their comments (both positive and negative) were well put and highly informative. My special thanks go to Mr Reg Burgin who ended up marking the majority of my course, and was a great help."
"I did it! I am finally done with this course and I learned a lot from it. I especially like the constructive feedback and comments made by Heather on my tasks."
"The month I spent with INTESOL Prague was a very useful and enjoyable experience. I learnt a great deal about English as a foreign language, about how to teach it effectively, and about the principles of teaching in general. All these things will stand me in good stead for a career in teaching, at home or abroad, and is a great qualification to have. Doing the course in Prague was excellent because it is an easy city to get to know in a short time, there is lots to do and it is very reasonably priced! My accommodation was very spacious and ideally located for school. And I met a lot of great people through the school making it an all round experience that I won't forget."
"Lynda ... I did my TESOL qualification with you almost five years ago now ... it has paid for itself many times over!!!"
"I am writing to say how much I've enjoyed the TESOL course. It was a wonderful challenge, and the trainers were very helpful, offering useful advice. The course itself is easy to follow, covering all the relevant aspects regarding the teaching of English to foreign students. I have recommended it to several of my friends, and I am thinking of doing another course at a higher level at some time in the future. I am now looking forward to a career in teaching English thanks to your course - wonderful!"
"I just wanted to let you know that the teaching practice went really well - I was very impressed with Regent's and thought their course was exceptionally well run and well organised."
"Having completed my course I can honestly say that the training material was excellent, the staff brilliant and supportive.
My trainer provided me with positive feedback and guidance throughout.
I certainly made the right choice when I chose INTESOL, so much in fact that I have recommended them to my friends; one friend was so impressed when I told her she signed up for the same course within 2 days.
P.S. Off to teach in Turkey 2nd May...!"
"I took part in both the INTESOL Flexible TESOL Course and the FTBE course in Prague and I would definitely recommend it. The course was really well organised and easy to follow, this complemented with the excellent teaching support offered by Vincent Ferrer, made my progression easier. The INTESOL environment is a relaxed and friendly with excellent resources to assist you in completing your course successfully. Upon completion of the theory element of the Hybrid course I felt well equipped to embark on my teaching practice, all be it nervously! What I really valued on the course was the critiquing, the opportunity to give feedback on how your taught lesson went, how your peers lesson went, and also receiving feedback from Vincent and my peers on suggestions for improvement. This was a very strong and beneficial aspect of the course which helped me strengthen my weak areas a lot faster. All in all I would give the INTESOL course a big thumbs up in all areas and I have really enjoyed my time on the course."
"You will be happy to know that INTESOL has opened up a whole new life for me. My college is lovely, wonderful campus with a swimming pool and sports facilities and landscaped gardens. The Leaders, as they call them here, staff and students are great. By great good fortune I met a member of the Hunan Government who introduced me to others. The up and down of the story is that I have made my home here, lost 2 stone and look 20 years younger. The pay is low in comparison to other countries, but the conditions are good. Apartment and all utilities are free, and so the money you make is spending money. Computer in your apartment with internet access and all furniture. Maximum 16 hours teaching and long holidays. I have just enjoyed seven weeks paid holiday for the Chinese New Year and 2 months in the summer, and round trip airfare for one years service, plus a travel stipend.
I hope you are well Lynda, and thanks again for this life-changing opportunity."
"I read a comment from a student on your website which read 'I did it'. That's just how I feel at the moment. The feeling is one of extreme elation!
I had no idea I would be embarking on such a challenging and interesting course. I have learned a huge amount from all the research I have done to complete the tasks and from my trainers, Reg and Jean.
I am now a volunteer tutor with the Adult Migrant English Program here in Australia and hope to relocate to the UK (where our only child lives) next year. I am really loving it. I would like to continue to teach in a volunteer program in UK if I can. However, who knows what might lie ahead in the way of opportunities!
"Dear Lynda, Thank you very much. I wanted to inform you that I have received my INTESOL Certificate. In fact, I wanted to continue with
other courses in INTESOL. However, I am expecting a baby very soon. I shall certainly try to enrol myself for other courses next year. Thank you again together with your whole team for all
the help and support that you provided during the course which has been very exciting, challenging and enriching.
“Thank you all very much for this very interesting and challenging course which I have already recommended to many language teachers in Mauritius. This was a very challenging and exciting course throughout. This is not just one person’s opinion but that of the other 20-odd candidates as well. We had our last meeting tonight where everyone gave their feedback on the course which was very positive indeed. Sanjay Teeluck, Clavis IBPYP School, Mount Ory, Moka, Mauritius.”