Please note that this list of client testimonials is being added to as the re-designing of this new website by myself nears its completion.
Hitomi, Japan……Legal Profession
I have received Professional English tuition from Devereux Education for over a year now. Chris & I have co-edited many types of Legal English documentation; translating from Japanese into English. Chris is always passionate about learning but always tutors from a professional and disciplined point of view. We have worked together on governmental agency texts, Space exploration and development business models and academic research texts.
In addition, we have co-translated academic articles about the eﬀects on society of the latest Space, AI and robotics, state-of-the-art science and technology. We have discussed in an in-depth way, the diﬀerences between Japanese and British culture regarding the above-mentioned eﬀects. I have found that these co-edited texts have been highly appreciated not only by Japanese people, but also by those native speakers of English whom I meet in my professional life in Japan.
Let us think about some of the English language task diﬃculties which you may be experiencing. For example, you may be struggling with the concept of Cohesive Device use or with verb tense choice. If so, I believe that Chris will be able to provide a solution which will enable you to understand.
Chris and I always work seriously and quite often over-run our agreed session time but I don’t mind; our sessions are always fun!! Also, I really feel, that through our sessions together, I have been able to see into a whole new world of English with Chris. Devereux Education is a small, British Council-registered educational and language consultancy. This has many advantages for me as a very busy academic working in the pressure cooker of Japanese business life. Probably, the most important advantage is that of flexibility. Chris is always happy to postpone a session without charge if I am not able to attend a pre-organised session due to work pressure or illness. Of equal importance is the fact that because of his retired headteacher status, Chris is able to tutor me whenever, and wherever I want.
Akihiro, Japan…….Human Resources
Why I Need the English Language.
When I return to my family’s home in a few years, I will need to use English because I will need to avoid any problems in the work situation.
When Will I Use English at My Work.
Currently, the family company does not have any business with overseas companies, but I will use my English to expand some business possibilities when I take over the company. There are only a few people who can speak English at my family company now. Therefore, I want to go out and negotiate on my own in English, when a new business opportunity comes.
What I Do Well Using English.
I read English well but I want to talk more confidently.
I write business e-mails etc quite well but I want to write more confidently.
I enjoy studying with Devereux Education because:
1. Chris is a nice guy;
2. he is easy to talk to;
3. I feel that I will be able to progress little by little because Chris always gives me the time which I need to grow my English language skills little by little.
Yu, Tokyo…….Real Estate Manager
I thought that I would like to improve my English as much as is possible before beginning to work in Japan. I had studied English for six years in a class in my school; there were forty pupils. I think that my strongest English ability is listening to conversation among friends. My weakest English ability is speaking to my tutors.
My priorities are as follows:
1. I want to be able to have some daily conversations with my friends;
2. I need to learn the correct grammar;
3. I need to learn to express what I am thinking in English;
4. I have to learn the most important words which I will have to use in daily conversations;
5. I want to be able to exchange e-mails in English with my friends or with my tutors;
6. finally, I want to be able to work in English-speaking countries.
How Devereux Education Has Helped Me to Achieve My Priorities
Firstly, I think that Devereux Education was much more useful than my school studies because I was able to learn ` the basics` of conversation in English.
Secondly, English classes in Japan have too many people, therefore I was not able to study at my level of English. However, Devereux Education has been able to match my language needs on a one-to-one basis.
Thirdly, one major advantage of on-line, one-to-one learning is that I am able to adjust my schedule and my time and thus I am able to study at home. This means that I am able to study happily without any tension as was the case in my former school classes.
In our one-to-one tutoring situations, Chris has been able to match my English language needs by using the most appropriate textbooks, on-line learning resources and the most appropriate reference books.
Finally, with Devereux Education`s emphasis on on-line learning, unlike in a school class, the tutor is able to put more emphasis on one person, and it is possible to work more intensively. You are able naturally to become used to English conversation while relaxing as if you were talking with a friend.
Klaus-Peter, Berlin…..ICT Engineer
After I had found Devereux Education on Skype, all of my old English language problems went away. To find a native-speaking tutor in your local area had been difficult, whereas to be able to arrange the timing of the lessons which suits me and is not too late for the tutor has been great. You can have your English lessons wherever you are. As my tutor, Chris is very flexible; he always fits the lessons to my needs. His face-to-face tuition sessions via Skype are certainly among the most effective ways of learning English and improving language proficiency.
I have been working with Chris for the last eight years. Initially, I contacted him because I needed some help in order to improve my English language skills; specifically my listening skills because I had to understand the non-Native English of the various support teams in my work. I was looking for a Native English tutor, with a deep knowledge of English and who was reliable regarding his or her scheduling. Chris meets all of these requirements and, at the same, he has a variety of resources which has helped me greatly. I believe that hiring him has been a very good decision.
My use of English, speaking and spelling, has improved dramatically during the time I have been working with him and as a result, I have decided that Chris will continue being my tutor. Everyone who wants to improve his or her English should not miss the chance to have some sessions online with Chris. You will be impressed.
Soichiro, Tokyo….Actor and Musician
The tuition sessions with Chris are full of many important learning elements for me as both an actor and a singer. The useful reviews of the English grammar learned during my school days, the improving of my pronunciation and of my writing skills have been examples of these elements. Even though the length of the sessions makes the sessions themselves very intensive, because these learning elements are compressed into only one hour, the time is very valuable.
Moreover, another attraction of Chris’ session is the flexibility of the scheduling. Of course, deciding on the date and the time of our next sessions is smoothly organised and so I feel free to create a positive balance between my working life and my continuing learning. In addition, he is also happy to change our session times whenever I have urgent business to attend to.
It is important for me to continue taking his sessions, I think because I feel the sessions will help me to develop my acting and singing career.
May, UK…..Retired Legal Professional
I have been attending Chris’s Russian group for more than five years. I have always had an interest in Russian culture and history so when I saw that Chris was offering to lead a Russian Language and Culture group, I decided to attend and I am delighted with what I have learned. It is a very friendly group and newcomers easily fit in. Some of us have studied Russian before but have forgotten it all; others simply have a love of languages, others have family or friends who are Russian speakers, others come for their interest in the culture. We are all made to feel `a part of the group`.
Each session begins with language work which has taken us from the beginnings of the structure of the language through to quite complex grammar, studying in small chunks using audio dialogues, comprehension questions, reinforcement exercises and regular reviews. From time to time we go back over the chapters, which is helpful to newcomers and reinforces the material for those who have been longer in the class. We have also made use of short dialogues from internet sites which Chris has researched and now we are just starting a new book of short stories in Russian with short comprehension exercises. Prepared conversations also help us smarten up our vocabulary. Chris has a very consultative approach and is keen to accommodate our individual styles of learning.
On the cultural side, we take it in turns to give short presentations on topics which range over Russian literature, music, art, geography, historical and political figures and events. Chris is an excellent facilitator and encourages us all to take part in the discussions. We have been on trips to the theatre and cinema and have held Skype sessions with academics in Moscow and St Petersburg. Each year Chris arranges a Summer and a Winter Study Day when we take off to a historic house, to a country house hotel or to a similar venue for an away day followed by lunch. Here, the emphasis is on enjoyment and fun.
In 2017 we finally realised our ambition of visiting Russia together and spent the most fantastic week in Moscow and St Petersburg where we all had at least a try at putting into practice what we had learnt under Chris’s guidance.
Ralf, IT Company Director, Berlin
REF Berlin GmbH is an IT Company which delivers different IT services to the small- and medium-sized market. Consulting, system support and project work are all parts of our service and the migration of conventional phone systems in the world of IP as well. Approximately ten years ago, it became more and more necessary to work together with international teams and to use the English language for communication. That was quite difficult, because the technicians could read manuals but not speak fluently. Some mistakes occurred during such projects and thus there was a clear need to improve the language skills. Consequently, REF`s employees have been trained by Devereux Education since 2010.
The individual approach of the tuition sessions is both impressive and successful. Initially, Devereux Education, the employee and REF define the aims of the teaching. Secondly, the individual skills will be detected and thirdly a tuition plan will have been created by Devereux Education.
Particular value is put by Mr. Devereux on the structure of the language and the grammar as very important factors to avoid mistakes during communication with the international team members from different countries. Learning aims like questioning techniques, repeating all of the important facts of a discussion, using short sentences in a clear structure are practised with regard to real work situations.
All of the REF employees achieved significant improvements in a short period by means of an investment of one or two, one-hour tuition sessions per week. For example, one employee was able to achieve Academic IELTS level seven using this tuition regime.
The highlights of the language tuition provision are the eight or ten days of on-site training in Southport. Always, we have hard and successful work during the days and often social sessions during the evenings or during the weekends. This gives the client a little, important and lovely view into the British soul.
R, Retired Solicitor
I approached Devereux Education to obtain tuition in conversational French. I plan to spend more time in France now that I am retired, and I have family members based in Paris. I had not studied French since I was at school, so I needed to start with the basics.
We concentrated on topics which would be useful for my trips to France, so we looked at conversations such as travelling, mealtimes and accommodation. We would look at the relevant vocabulary for the subject and work into the conversations some commonly used verbs. Chris recommended online learning materials which gave me a chance to listen to various conversational topics and study the conversation scripts in French and English. These resources provided a framework for self-study between sessions.
Devereux Education tailored the one-to-one sessions to my specific needs, and Chris ensured that the learning was done at the correct pace to maximise my learning experience. Chris obviously has a great deal of experience in teaching and is therefore able to select the teaching methods which will get the best results for the individuals whom he is teaching.
Shuji, Master`s Student, Keio University, Tokyo
I am currently studying coaching at the Graduate School of Keio University . Until I was 60, I was a director of a major Japanese company. Currently, I run a management consultancy and I have many clients in Japan. The consultancy`s specialisms are sales promoting, organisational strengthening and business succession. My purpose for studying with Devereux Education is to make preparations for a final presentation in English as a part of the requirements for passing my Master’s degree.
Let me describe what it is like to learn with Chris. First of all, the beauty of Chris is that he is a very friendly person. He always takes the professional stance of customising the tuition for all of his clients. He always provides exactly the right guidance which will increase their confidence. His teaching method is always one which considers tutoring as a partnership; this is reflected in his company`s mission statement, “Excellence and the Individual in Partnership”. Chris is a highly qualified and experienced tutor, and a thoroughly reliable and trustworthy person.