Our evaluators have two things in common. Firstly, they are native speakers of English. Secondly, they have a wide experience as global citizens and communicaiton with non-native speakers. Through this, they understand the need for clear communication and the importance of using communication strategically to build partnership globally.
Jennie grew up in a village in England and moved to the seaside town of Bournemouth to obtain her degree. She started working in customer services for General Motors, which led to a position as a Flight Attendant for Japan Airlines (JAL). With a desire to see more of the country , Jennie decided to move to Japan to teach English. She held various teaching positions during her 6 years in Tokyo, which included working at an English conversation school, a kindergarten and two universities, and teaching business classes for companies such as ANA, OTIS and Yamato.
Jennie currently lives in Florida with her American husband and works as an editor and proofreader of, mainly ESL, academic jounal papers. In her spare time, Jennie enjoys swimming, dancing, volunteering at the local theatre and travelling.
"The most important thing when learning English is to communicate. So think to yourself in English every day, speak a little English every day and don't worry about making mistakes."
Daniel is from England, U.K. and has been living in Japan for over 9 years. He has more than 10 years experience as an English teacher in Japan and the U.K. During that time he has worked with learners of all ages teaching in both the private and public sectors. He has extensive experience of teaching English for examinations, business and general conversation. Prior to English teaching he worked in office administration in the British civil service and in private businesses. In his free time he enjoys language learning, dance, working out and hiking.
"Language is just a tool for communication. Your language doesn't need to be perfect as long as you can communicate what it is you want to say. Don' t be afraid to make mistakes. You can do it!"
David has been a communication skills trainer and technical writer for the past 18 years. He has delivered communication skills seminars at more than 100 corporations and agencies in Japan. For 6 years he was engaged full time with a global European IT company, providing business skills training and document editing at their Tokyo headquarters. Originally from the West coast of Canada, David has a standard North American English accent and vocabulary. He lives in Tokyo, where he enjoys running, photography and travel in his spare time.
"As you apply yourself to improving your English communication skills, it is important to remember that most people in the world who use English for business are not native English speakers. The majority of people in the world who do business in English struggle with the grammer, vacabulary and pronunciation of a foreign language. Unlike other languages, however, English is the global communication tool which allows people from anhywhere in the world to communicate with anyone else. It is essential to remember that you will not be judged on your English language skill, but rather on what you have to say to the world."
Geoff works in both academic and corporate settings as a lecturer, trainer and personal coach. He holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto and has more than twenty years in program planning, curriculum design and facilitation. Geoff has worked with clients from a wide range of linguistic and cultural backgrounds to help them indentify and overcome communication barriers.
"Every learner has the potential to master their chosen subject. No matter what your current communication skill level is now, with the right support you can exceed even your own expectations. Let's work together to see just how high you can climb!"
Hinnie Banno was born in Hong Kong, China and moved to Toronto, Canada with her family when she was nine years old. She studied Asian languages at the University of Toronto and upon graduation, enrolled in a 6-months program at a language institute in Tokyo to study Japanese. She loved life in Japan so much that she decided to start her career in Tokyo. She now works in at a Japanese university as a supervisor of an English communication program. Her hobbies include running, yoga, and traveling.
"Don't worry about making mistakes when you speak English. In fact, you'll find that you can learn a lot by making mistakes. Have confidence in your English ability, believe in yourself and try to do your best!"
Born in Canada and residing in Toronto, John has taught English for over ten years in his home country and in Japan, where he earned his CELTA certification at the British Council in Tokyo. His prior experience in commercial sales in Toronto and HR consulting in Tokyo gives him a practical edge in English for business purposes, and he focuses on teaching business English to international students in Toronto. In his free time, John enjoys exercising, reading novels, and practicing Japanese conversations with students and visitors from Japan.
"It's easy to worry too much about grammar and vocabulary when you're communicating in English, but the most important thing is the connection you form with the other person. If you're confident and create a bond with the other person, the rest will follow. Remember, it's confidence that counts!"
Originally from Sydney, Australia, David has degrees in Linguistics and Performance Arts. For more than 20 years, he has been both an English teacher and a professional actor.
David enjoyed living in Tokyo for five years, where he taught many types of English classes and also performed as a family 'edutainer' all over Japan.
After leaving Japan, David moved to New York City, where he has continued to teach English and has also expanded his acting career in thearter and television.
David enjoys watching live theretre and movies, and he also loves travel and playing with his young daugthter.
"Whatever country they are from, everyone has an interesting story to tell! Let your conifidence guide you, don't worry about making mistakes; tell me your story like you're speaking with a friend."
Anthony Carver is from London, England. He began his career in education in 1997, first, as an English teacher in London and, since coming to Japan in 2000, as a business communication consultant. He has an M.A. in Japanese Language and Society from Sheffield University. His dissertion focusing on human resources management in foreign affiliated firms in Japan was published in 2011. In addition, he graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a B.A. in Media and Cultural Studies also holds a Cambridge TESOL certificate.
"It's a mistake to believe that the main language of global business is English. The main language people use is broken English! Around the world people are communicating successfully right now whatever English level they have. I'm delighted to say that you can quickly join them too using our program"