I could not more highly recommend Marion and The Marlow Language Centre. I opted for 1:1 teaching, twice a week, to learn German for use in business. Marion splits each lesson by first teaching core grammatical concepts, and then reinforces these concepts with the use of the language in a business context. There is constant progression, with the use of two textbooks (for grammar and for practical use). The approach has been incredibly useful in ensuring that I have the ability to use the language outside of the classroom — grammatical concepts are constantly reinforced, rather than taught and forgotten. In practice, having been learning German for 6 months, I have been able to better communicate with the German counterpart of my company. E-Mail communication with the branch is now in German, and I am able to discuss all matters of business activity including logistics (e.g. raising orders, asking for expedited deliveries) and financing (e.g. discussing changes in prices on invoices). Communicating in German, their native language, has resulted in the development of a stronger working relationship. Marion's teaching style places a strong emphasis on speaking — in the lessons, this is always challenging, but it forces understanding of the concepts and with Marion's kind nature is never intimidating. Marion always clearly communicates the pitfalls that English speakers fall into, and provides regular insights into German culture as well.
I find it very useful to have the sessions focused on talking Spanish as this is my weakest point. It would be good to have some written/grammar exercises as well. One suggestion would be to work on exercises in the course book on our own. No need for marking but helpful to be pointed in the right direction with suggestions for exercises
I have made great progress in French with Vanessa. Not only do I feel better informed about the French language and culture. Most importantly I now feel able to speak confidently, which was my goal. I will miss the classes, which were always fun. Many thanks Vanessa.
The course contained very good content, went at a pace suitable for myself with my ever changing schedule, and it was easy to spent time recapping where necessary. Learning about how and why things work and how to construct language language was really fun. Very good communication regarding lessons and easily able to switch tutors when circumstances changed halfway through the course.