Testimonials

The following are comments from my students and clients:

Homestay in Oxford @ Sharn’s

I have been studying CAE and CPE for several years, but I have never had  such a patient, friendly teacher, with an eye to details for grammar and phonetics.
I arrived on Sunday, and a nice lady, the teacher’s mother, opened the door and welcomed me with an Oxfordian accent.
The house has been a family home for generations. I met the very clever daughter of Sharn’s, a gitl with a posh accent, very similar to the one that is spoken by Queen Elisabeth and by BBC. A special surprise, I did NOT expect at all, was the food: at dinner’s time, I tasted the best traditional British dishes.
However, do expect to be part of the host family and do NOT be too lazy to help the 3 ladies of the household. Lesson have been clear, useful and, by noticing my progresses, I discovered a marked improvement of my English language. Lessons are prepared in advance with care, so please leave the teacher spare time to daily study your coursework.  Ms. Sharn, the teacher, is qualified to learn any level and typology of exams.
I warmly reccomend the course in Oxford, because there is no other place in the world to experience a so intense full-immersion in the Native English language.

Io ho studiato per la preparazione degli esami Cambridge CAE and Cambridge CPE per parecchi anni, ma non ho mai avuto un’insegnante cosi paziente, amichevole, con un’attenzione particolare per i dettagli grammaticali e fonetici.
Sono arrivato di Domenica, e una gentile signora, la mamma dell’insegnante, mi ha aperto la porta con un accento di Oxford, augurandomi benenvenuto !
La casa e’ stata una residenza famigliare per generazioni. Ho incontrato la figlia di Sharn, una ragazzina con un ottimo accento, molto simile a quello parlato dalla regina Elisabetta e dalla BBC. Una speciale sorpresa, che non aspettavo affatto. e’ stato il cibo: a cena ho assaggiato le migliori pietanze della cucina tradizionale britannica.
Comunque, aspettatevi di vivere una esperienza come membri di un nucleo familiare, e non siate pigri nell’aiutare le tre componenti femminili del nucleo familiare di Oxford. Le lezioni sono state chiare, utili e, annotando i miei progressi, ho riscontrato un miglioramento marcato del mio inglese. Le lezioni sono preparate con cura, in anticipo dall’insegante, Ms. Sharn, quindi lasciate del tempo libero all’insegnante per prepararvi il corso personalizzato ogni giorno.
Raccomando il corso in Oxford, perche’ non c’e’ nessun altro posto al mondo per fare parte di un corso cosi’ intensivo della lingua inglese nativa. 
Salvatore, Italy, August 2017

Výuka angličtiny probíhala formou individuálního studia. Sharn je učitelka s velkou trpělivostí a důsledností, která má mnoho zkušeností s výukou jazyků. Velmi se mi líbila tvořivost, propracovanost, flexibilita a přizpůsobivost tempa studijního plánu dle dosažených výsledků. Setkal jsem se s mnoha lidmi. Nezapomenu, že jsem musel mluvit pouze anglicky a pozorně angličtině naslouchat. Nezaznamenal jsem žádný problém s ubytováním nebo jídlem v průběhu pobytu. Počasí bylo hrozné, větrné, zamračené a deštivé. Slunce a modrou oblohu jsem viděl pouze dva dny, ale takovéto počasí je pro Anglii v prosinci typické. Měl jsem hodně času se učit anglicky. Vložené peníze do mého vzdělání byly pro mne velmi dobrou investicí.

English lessons were formed as individual studies. Sharn is a teacher with great patience, consistency and she has a lot of experiences with teaching languages. I like very much creativity, sophistication and flexibility of the rate of the studying plan according to the reached results. I met lots of people. I do not forget that I had to speak only English and listened to English carefully. I did not notice a problem with the accommodation or meal. The weather was terrible, windy, dull and rainy. I saw the sun and the blue sky only for two days, but this weather is typical for England in December, so I had a lot of time for learning English. The money I spent on my education was very good investment for me. Petr, Engineer, Czech Republic, December 2015

Sharn is just a fantastic teacher. I just passed my CPE with an A and I couldn’t have done it without her classes. She is an experienced and skillful teacher, each lesson was carefully prepared around my needs and there was an ongoing monitoring of my progress and learning priorities. Throughout I was provided with exercises and resources to improve my English in all areas, from grammar to vocabulary to pronunciation. We also did several practice tests which were crucial in building up my confidence towards the exam, because I knew exactly what to expect and how to approach the different parts of the test in the most effective way. The lessons were never boring, and I learnt a lot about British culture and current issues as well. Sharn has always been flexible in accommodating for my weird working patterns and she is also very warm, supportive and fun to work with. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone who wishes to improve her/his English or sit an English test, you wouldn’t find a better teacher in Brighton!

Sharn è un’insegnante fantastica. Ho appena passato CPE con A e non avrei potuto ottenere questo risultato senza le sue lezioni. È un’insegnante preparata e con esperienza, ogni lezione era pianificata secondo le mie esigenze, i miei progressi erano costantemente monitorati e così le mie priorità. Gli esercizi assegnati e le risorse che mi sono state messi a disposizione mi hanno permesso di migliorare tutti gli aspetti del mio inglese, dalla grammatica al vocabolario, alla pronuncia. Abbiamo anche fatto diversi test di simulazione, che sono stati fondamentali per arrivare fiduciosa all’esame, perché sapevo cosa aspettarmi e come affrontare le differenti parti dell’esame nella maniera più efficace. Le lezioni non erano mai noiose e ho imparato molto anche sulla cultura inglese e su argomenti di attualità. Sharn è sempre stata disponibile ad adattarsi ai miei strani orari di lavoro, ed è anche molto cordiale, incoraggiante e divertente. La raccomando sinceramente a chiunque voglia migliorare il proprio inglese o preparare un esame, non potreste trovare un insegnante migliore a Brighton!

Sara, CPE Student, Italy, 2014

 


“This summer I was Sharn’s student for the first time and I have to say that she’s one of the best English teachers I’ve ever had (and I’ve had many). She is very well prepared, with well prepared classes, is hardworking, empathetic and knowledgeable. Furthermore she adapts very well to the special needs of each student, something I could experience firsthand and also through my daughter, who also took classes. We both hope to take classes again next summer!”


“He sido alumna de Sharn este verano por primera vez y tengo que decir que es una de las mejores profesoras de inglés que he tenido nunca (y he tenido muchas y muchas). Esta muy bien preparada, prepara muy bien las clases, es trabajadora, empática y eficiente. Además se adapta muy bien a las necesidades especiales de cada alumno. Algo que he podido comprobar en primera persona y también a través de mi hija, a la que también ha dado clases. ¡Las dos esperamos repetir el verano que viene!”

Rosa, Journalist, Spain, 2014


“Although it’s been a hard work, preparing CPE with Sharn has been a real pleasure. Lessons were well planned and focused on the test with lots of resources. On top of that, I´ve finished the course with a deep knowledge of English culture which has been useful in order to improve my English. I can only say thank you and recommend her to anyone around Brighton who wants to learn English.”


“A pesar de haber sido un trabajo duro, ha sido un autentico placer preparar el CPE con Sharn durante estas semanas. Las clases estaban muy bien organizadas y con muchos recursos para el aprendizaje. Ademas, he finalizado con un mejor conocimiento de la cultura inglesa, lo que me ha ayudado a preparar mejor el examen. Solo puedo decir gracias y recomendar a Sharn a todos los que esten en Brighton buscando clases de inglés.”

Jose, Teacher, Spain, 2014


“If you have any English problems, I think Sharn is the best doctor for you. She can diagnose your language troubles appropriately and offer you the well-designed lessons on the basis of proper prescription. I am a journalist in Japan and came to Brighton last summer. I was in need of improving my limited speaking and listening ability, but I had no idea about it at all.

She gave me lots of chance to practice the English listening. She often used the listening materials which were related to journalism, such as journalist’s talk, social problem reporting or parliamentary discussion. They were totally interesting and intellectual stimulating. I think she always choose the teaching materials based on student’s interest and this is why her lesson is always exciting, interesting and actually more than the mere English lesson.

In terms of speaking, she taught me many fundamental and practical pronunciation principles, which were very useful and many non-native speakers often fail to achieve. And also, we always had a discussion about everything…from British politics to the Advent candle! (In fact, I was always surprised that she had a wide range of interests…) It is true to say that this practice contributed a lot to the improvement of my speaking skill.

Therefore, I’m sure Sharn is one of the best teachers for the non-native speakers who want to improve their English. If you live in Brighton or Hove, she is the best. She also has a long experience of teaching academic English as well. If you are concerned about the writing or reading, she can help you for sure!”


“もし英語についてお困りでしたら、Sharn に相談するのが一番だと思いますよ。彼女は、あなたが抱えている問題を適切に診断し、それに見合ったオーダーメードのレッスンで応えてくれるでしょう。 私は日本で新聞記者をしており、昨年の夏にブライトンに来ました。仕事柄、「話す」「聞く」という二つのスキルをなんとか上げたいと考えていましたが、具体的に何をすればいいのか、さっぱり分からないのが実情でした。

彼女は、英語を「聞く」機会を増やそうとしてくれました。ジャーナリストの講演や社会問題のリポート、議会の討論など、ジャーナリズムに関係した教材がしばしば使われ、それらはいずれも興味深く、私の知的好奇心をくすぐるものでした。彼女は、生徒一人ひとりの興味関心に応じて教材を選んでくれており、それが彼女のレッスンをエキサイティングかつおもしろいものにしており、「単なる英語レッスン」以上のものにしています。

「話す」については、多くの基本的かつ実践的な発音のツボを教えてもらいました。多くの非英語圏の英語学習者が学び損ねるものだと思います。また、彼女と私は、いつも様々なことについて議論をする時間を持ちました。それこそ、イギリスの政治からアドベント・キャンドルに至るまで(実際、彼女の興味関心の広さには毎度舌を巻いたものです・・・)。この練習が、私の話す技術の習熟に大きく貢献したのは言うまでもありません。

英語を学ぼうとする非英語圏の人々にとって、Sharn は最高の教師の一人であると私は思っています。もしあなたがブライトン・ホーブに住んでいるのなら、彼女が最高の教師でしょう。彼女はアカデミックな英語の教授についても長い経験を有しています。もし「書く」「読む」に不安がおありでしたら、その点でも彼女は大きな助けになると思いますよ!”

Ken, Journalist, Japan, 2013 – 2014


“I recommend Sharn. She is a good teacher.”

Mario, Italy, 2013

“I studied Business English with Sharn in the summer of 2013. She made me a very interesting course which helped me improve my English and worked on skills I need for business. I hope to work with Sharn again. I recommend her.”


“Ich habe bei Sharn im Sommer 2013 einen Business Englisch Kurs besucht. Sie stellte mir ein sehr interessantes Kursprogramm zusammen, welches mir half mein Englisch zu verbessern, indem es meine business-spezifischen Fähigkeiten im Englischen trainierte. Ich hoffe bald wieder mit Sharn lernen zu können. Ich kann sie nur empfehlen.”

Christian, Germany, 2013


“Sharn is the last English teacher you will need! Not only she taught me lessons for my work for Medicines Sans Frontiers but she also showed me how to continue learning English on my own. There is still much for me to learn but now I know how to learn it. I know how to learn English and my English is getting better.”


“Sharn könnte sehr wohl die letzte Lehrerin sein, die Du je benötigst. Nicht nur hat sie mich in ihren Lektionen für meine Arbeit bei Medicines Sans Frontiers vorbereitet, sie hat mir auch gezeigt, wie ich weiterhin selbstständig Englisch lernen kann. Es gibt immer noch viel für mich zu lernen aber jetzt weiss ich, wie ich dies im Selbststudium tun kann. Ich weiss jetzt wie man Englisch lernt und mein Englisch wird immer besser.”

Anke, Doctor, Germany, 2013


“Sharn is the best teacher I ever had. She listened to what I wanted to learn and taught me what I needed to know. Sharn is very caring. And now I have passed my IELTS exam with a 7! And I have learned how to learn English myself. I really recommend Sharn”

Mika, Japan, 2013


“I had the pleasure to have Sharn as my English teacher for 6 months. The first 3 months I was in a General English class, and she taught me all the basics and could consolidate a good base for my further learning. Few months later I joined the FCE course with Sharn. I was very happy to know she was going to prepare me for the exam, I felt much confident and relieved.

Her classes are dynamic and well structured. She creates an appropriate learning atmosphere that helps the students to relax, concentrate and take out the best of them. I did enjoy so much Sharn’s lessons and you could see we all did because there where no absences in the class.”


“Tuve el placer de tener a Sharn como profesora de inglés durante 6 meses. Los primeros 3 meses estaba en una clase de inglés general, me enseñó lo esencial para poder consolidar una buena base para mi aprendizaje futuro. Unos meses más tarde me apunté al curso del First con Sharn. Me puse muy contenta cuando supe que me iba a preparar para el exámen, me sentí mucho más segura y aliviada. Sus clases son dinámicas y bien estructuradas. Crea un buen ambiente en clase que fomenta el aprendizaje, te ayuda a relajarte y concentrarte para sacar lo mejor de ti. Me encantaban las clases con Sharn y podías ver que al resto también porque nadie faltaba a clase!”

Anna Secall, Spain.


“I still remember the time Sharn taught me in 1999 – 2001. She did not just teach me English, but also taught me about British culture. I wasn’t good at English before and wasn’t interested at all but Sharn could change it into something interesting to learn. It was so fantastic!

And now my ability has improved a lot and can be used in my work daily. The way Sharn taught not only attracted me to know more about English but about the British. I am from Indonesia, a country where English is the second language and not so many people could speak English fluently.

Good luck Sharn. God bless you.”

Agus Budi Setia, Semarang, Indonesia.


“Sharn was teaching my son and myself in the Czech Republic in late 90s. She had great ideas about how to approach different age groups and boost their interest in learning English as a second language. Thanks to the period when she dedicated her professional life to teaching in the Czech Republic, my son was able to fully integrate at school in Canada where I was posted with my job; what I learned from Sharn helped me during that period professionally too.”


“Sharn učil mého syna i mne v České republice na konci 90. let. Měla skvělé nápady jak přistupovat k různým věkovým skupinám a podněcovat jejich zájem o výuku angličtiny jako druhého jazyka. Díky období, kdy zasvětila svůj profesní život výuce v České republice, byl můj syn schopen se plně integrovat ve škole v Kanadě, kam jsem byl pracovně vyslán. To, co jsem se naučil od Sharn, mi během tohoto období profesionálně pomohlo též.”

Vladimir Bartl, Liberec, Czech Republic


“Sharn edited my website recently, Fewpawswalk. She was very professional and listened to the goal I was trying to achieve, along with being objective and adding bits that she felt may be more suited to the subject.

I had an all round positive experience with Sharn and would recommend her to anyone who is looking for editing or any wording work.”

Amanda Knight, Hove


“The report i think was great. I really appreciate the work Sharn has done, and i am happy to chose her from the proofreading.”

Abdullah, Saudi Arabia


10 thoughts on “Testimonials

  1. I was Sharn’s student in 1999 and 2001 at EF Semarang. She is really a good teacher. I wasn’t good at listening but she helped a lot. I am fully recommend her because she is very patient, teach us how to spell english in correct ways and speak slowly so we can understand the meaning. Otherwise, she is not only a teacher for me but really is my best friend,…..students’ friend. Good luck Sharn. Keep up the good work!

  2. Sharn is one of the wonderful proofreader I’ve dealt with she guided me and gave me a constructive comments which made my work even better.. I would totally recommend her if your looking for good piece of work. Best of luck Sharn.

  3. Although it´s been a hard work, preparing CPE with Sharn has been a real pleasure. Lessons were well planned and focused on the test with lots of resources. On top of that, I´ve finished the course with a deep knowledge of English culture which has been useful in order to improve my English. I can only say thank you and recommend her to anyone around Brighton who wants to learn English.

    A pesar de haber sido un trabajo duro, ha sido un autentico placer preparar el CPE con Sharn durante estas semanas. Las clases estaban muy bien organizadas y con muchos recursos para el aprendizaje. Ademas, he finalizado con un mejor conocimiento de la cultura inglesa, lo que me ha ayudado a preparar mejor el examen. Solo puedo decir gracias y recomendar a Sharn a todos los que esten en Brighton buscando clases de inglés

  4. If you have any English problems, I think Sharn is the best doctor for you. She can diagnose your language troubles appropriately and offer you the well-designed lessons on the basis of proper prescription. I am a journalist in Japan and came to Brighton last summer. I was in need of improving my limited speaking and listening ability, but I had no idea about it at all.

    She gave me lots of chance to practice the English listening. She often used the listening materials which were related to journalism, such as journalist’s talk, social problem reporting or parliamentary discussion. They were totally interesting and intellectual stimulating. I think she always choose the teaching materials based on student’s interest and this is why her lesson is always exciting, interesting and actually more than the mere English lesson.

    In terms of speaking, she taught me many fundamental and practical pronunciation principles, which were very useful and many non-native speakers often fail to achieve. And also, we always had a discussion about everything…from British politics to the Advent candle! (In fact, I was always surprised that she had a wide range of interests…) It is true to say that this practice contributed a lot to the improvement of my speaking skill.

    Therefore, I’m sure Sharn is one of the best teachers for the non-native speakers who want to improve their English. If you live in Brighton or Hove, she is the best. She also has a long experience of teaching academic English as well. If you are concerned about the writing or reading, she can help you for sure!

    もし英語についてお困りでしたら、Sharn に相談するのが一番だと思いますよ。彼女は、あなたが抱えている問題を適切に診断し、それに見合ったオーダーメードのレッスンで応えてくれるでしょう。
    私は日本で新聞記者をしており、昨年の夏にブライトンに来ました。仕事柄、「話す」「聞く」という二つのスキルをなんとか上げたいと考えていましたが、具体的に何をすればいいのか、さっぱり分からないのが実情でした。

    彼女は、英語を「聞く」機会を増やそうとしてくれました。ジャーナリストの講演や社会問題のリポート、議会の討論など、ジャーナリズムに関係した教材がしばしば使われ、それらはいずれも興味深く、私の知的好奇心をくすぐるものでした。彼女は、生徒一人ひとりの興味関心に応じて教材を選んでくれており、それが彼女のレッスンをエキサイティングかつおもしろいものにしており、「単なる英語レッスン」以上のものにしています。

    「話す」については、多くの基本的かつ実践的な発音のツボを教えてもらいました。多くの非英語圏の英語学習者が学び損ねるものだと思います。また、彼女と私は、いつも様々なことについて議論をする時間を持ちました。それこそ、イギリスの政治からアドベント・キャンドルに至るまで(実際、彼女の興味関心の広さには毎度舌を巻いたものです・・・)。この練習が、私の話す技術の習熟に大きく貢献したのは言うまでもありません。

    英語を学ぼうとする非英語圏の人々にとって、Sharn は最高の教師の一人であると私は思っています。もしあなたがブライトン・ホーブに住んでいるのなら、彼女が最高の教師でしょう。彼女はアカデミックな英語の教授についても長い経験を有しています。もし「書く」「読む」に不安がおありでしたら、その点でも彼女は大きな助けになると思いますよ!

    Ken

  5. He sido alumna de Sharn este verano por primera vez y tengo que decir que es una de las mejores profesoras de inglés que he tenido nunca (y he tenido muchas y muchas). Esta muy bien preparada, prepara muy bien las clases, es trabajadora, empática y eficiente. Además se adapta muy bien a las necesidades especiales de cada alumno. Algo que he podido comprobar en primera persona y también a través de mi hija, a la que también ha dado clases. ¡Las dos esperamos repetir el verano que viene!

  6. I loved working with Sharn! Not only did she do a good job with the proofreading, she always suggested new phrases and new ways to bring the idea out more and make it stand out! Its like she gets into your head, knows what you want to say, and puts it into words for you!
    Would I recommend her?
    Absolutely!

    SB, Sultanate of Oman

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