“I loved all the scientific research and the why and who of methods and principles. The course was dense with information, easily digested from pleasant professionals. Participation was a natural follow thru from being motivated.” Kathy-Virtual Class December 2020
“I enjoyed learning the different methods by learning them in Swahilli. It was authentic and real and I personally got to experience the different methods. I loved learning about the brain and how it wants to learn. It wasn’t too technical but just enough to understand the process. I was completely engaged throughout the day, each day of the class. That in itself shows that the methods worked. The breakout rooms and the class interaction was a fantastic way to explore the methods in a comfort environment. It was neat to see how each day we each got more and more comfortable and confident. We learned a lot from each other as well from the amazing instructors. The homework was a perfect amount. Enough to experiment with the methods without being overwhelming. It was by far the best learning experience secularly that I have ever had. I honestly can’t think of how the class could be improved. The length of time for the class was perfect, the price was super reasonable and the curriculum was incredible. Thanks for an incredible week of fantastic instruction. ” Cheri- Virtual Class December 2020
“I enjoyed the countless opportunities to put into practice the methods and principles that were being taught. These opportunities really gave me the chance to cement the concepts in my mind and gave me confidence that I can do this! Ruth and Jordan, you are both such amazing people and teachers! It was such a pleasure to learn from you both. The course was organized so well and it was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!” Emma-Virtual Class December 2020
“Learning many different teaching methods, learning potential of human brain and ability to learn anything if done properly. Constant group activities to promote confidence in teaching and methods learned during course.” Ryan-Virtual Class December 2020
“I loved the variety of courseware, the class interaction, immediate practice of theory and the unpredictability of the course, enthusiasm of the lecturers. Loved the course. Well done guys!!” Anne-Virtual Class December 2020
“Conciseness, great atmosphere, most practical information, positive approach. I knew that I was going to have a blast, but this course was still beyond my expectations.” Ninel-Virtual Class December 2020
“What an incredible experience! I highly recommend this course! Upon completion, I gained more than just a TESOL certificate. I’m telling my friends, “If your goal is to teach a language or perhaps to learn a language, the principles and methods taught in this course will make your goals achievable with any language. It was fun, easy to understand, concise, and full of resources and information that will help you get started.” I loved how we, as students, were fully involved in each lesson! We had many opportunities to practice each method and principle. Thus, each of us gained inner confidence and a deeper understanding of how each method works. Thank you very much, Jordan and Ruth! The experience was worth every penny!” Danielle-Virtual Class December 2020
“I was NOT bored! Fun, lively, fast paced and interactive which at first was scary as I had no idea what I was doing. Second demo, no problem just jumped in and had fun.” Karlyn-Virtual Class December 2020
“It has been a wonderful experience for me to learn how to teach without pressure just using motivating methods and great ideas and at the same time having lots of fun. I also really appreciated the background information and details such as a good nutrition for a teacher or how to deal with difficult students or how to organize myself. It was just a perfect course. ” Elke-Virtual Class September 2020
“Everything was absolutely amazing. The quality of instruction was beyond what I had even imagined. Your and Ruth’s enthusiasm is infectious and inspiring. Makes me want to do great things with teaching. The guest speakers were very informative and super helpful.” Tonia-Virtual Class September 2020
“Such an encouraging, positive and energetic week, filled with so many new and exciting ways of learning! Getting to work with my classmates, and being able to practice with them the teaching methods was so helpful and fun; thank you, grazie and asante from the heart!” Priscilla-Virtual Class September 2020
“I have been really impressed with the course. It was awesome. It was tremendously practical. I learned so many useful methods regarding how to teach a foreign language and how to make learning process for students fun experience as well. Even though I have been teaching English for some time now, I had no idea there were so many nice techniques to use in teaching. I am looking forward to applying them. Besides, I’ve learned so many things about brain functioning during the learning process and that’s I am very happy about. Thank you so much. You must have put forth tremendous effort in preparing such a practical and easy applicable course. I personally can’t see anything you need to improve in. Everything was just gorgeous.” George-Virtual Class September 2020
“The methods and ways of thinking that were taught was something I haven’t been exposed to before. Truly an eye opening experience. Thank you so much for the great training. This has prepared me and given me confidence for other aspects of my life and career.” Destiny-Virtual Class August 2020
” This was one of the best experiences I have ever had” – Emmanuel- Virtual Class August 2020
“It’s amazing!!!! Asante Jordan and Ruth!!!”-Linike – Portugal -Virtual Class August 2020
” Incredible memories from this past week and extremely grateful for the experience.” Debbie-UK-Virtual Class August 2020
“I very much enjoyed the professionalism of the presentation and the quality of the teaching strategies. I appreciated Ruth’s being so personable and the willingness of both Ruth and Jordan to share personal experiences of what works and what doesn’t when working in this field. Also, I recognize some of your teaching strategies as Whole Brain teaching strategies as well as the Kagan teaching strategies that work remarkably well. I realize you may not know them by those names but you are using quality teaching strategies by any name and I was grateful for that. I was also grateful for the opportunities to get to know other students in the class and bounce ideas off of one another in the breakout rooms. Getting to know others from around the world provides unforgettable experiences. ” Elizabeth- Virtual Class July 2020
“Thank you so much for the top-notch training, for all the fascinating information, and for helping us all to become better teachers. I very much look forward to playing when I learn when it comes to teaching English, Spanish, kids, adults, and myself new things! –Arianna–Virtual Class July 2020
“Asante sana Jordan & Ruth! It was awesome being able to zoom from the comforts of our home in New Zealand to attend this wonderful course. Thank you very, very much for everything! It was an absolutely awesome week. We covered so much in a week, amazing. Learning 30 different methodologies in a week, Wow! Wow! Wow! This training will help us carry on with the more important things. It was fun, informative, encouraging, absolutely wonderful” – Danielle-Virtual Class July 2020
“It was extremely encouraging, filled with positive energy all week long, and it was filled with fun, new and exciting ways of learning!The course was practically flawless in every way! I don’t know how you could make it any better!” Jade-Virtual Class June 2020
“I have always wanted to take this course and finally with ONLINE it was able to happen. I can honestly say the course far surpassed my expectations. The level of teaching was superb, the course content was thorough and the hands on practice was invaluable. I would highly recommend this class! Lara– Virtual Class June 2020
“I enjoyed the enthusiasm and passion that you and your wife displayed, It stemmed from your love of what you taught us, and you both knew your subjects well, I really appreciate that! I also enjoyed the reminders our how beautifully the brain works and that it’s just waiting to be exercised and challenged, so my potential for learning new languages and concepts are endless. I love that ! I also appreciated that before each session started, you made sure that everyone was present so that no one would miss anything, to ensure we’re all on the same page. Thank you for being considerate. Keep up the good work, you guys were awesome !” Toni-Virtual Class June 2020
“Thanks again, enjoyed every minute!! The professionalism and knowledge of our Instructors, The group breakouts, learning a new language, The many online sites to further assist in this endeavor, as well as the two encouraging outside individuals who gave their own experiences in this profession.” Chelsea– Virtual Class June 2020
“It was just an overall great experience. A long exhausting week, but an amazing experience. Hopefully now I can put it into practice soon.” Lynn – Virtual Class June 2020
“Everything! The methods are excellent. I enjoyed “experiencing” them as it would feel for a student by the many activities/practice sessions. The way it’s presented is great – the pace is quick enough that the day flies by, no dull moments at all, while still getting a good grasp of each method. Finally, even online there was plenty of great association/learning from each other too.” Andrea –Virtual Class June 2020
“I loved working in groups, interacting with the classmates, and being able to practice the teaching methods as homework!In my opinion I didn’t see any deficiency or weakness at any field. Every part and lesson from the course was very clear, and dynamic for me! “-Victor-Virtual Class June 2020
“I enjoyed every moment of this seminar! I loved learning how our brains like to learn. Using the methods right away and seeing how effective they are was very fascinating to me. Thank you for an amazing week!! I loved this course so much, I left feeling super motivated and confident to step into the world of teaching english, and continue working hard at learning new languages. This really felt like a gift, I can’t thank you enough!” Melissa–Virtual Class June 2020
“Thank you for so much for an awesome week! I have been wanting to get theTESOL certification for years now. I tried a Groupon course, but I did not find it gave me the confidence to teach. After completing the Pure Language course I feel like I can do this! The methods were fun and interactive. I have a new appreciation for how amazing and complex our brain is! Thank you to Jordan and Ruth for letting me benefit from your years of experience teaching and learning languages. I loved that I could take the course right from my own home. I also enjoyed getting to know the other classmates and seeing their creativity! I highly recommend this course! In fact, a friend of mine signed up for the next online course in May. “-Chandra-Virtual Class April 2020
“Wide variety of methods were awesome. Interaction with my fellow classmates. ‘jordan acknowledged the need to make us feel confident in our ability to find employment or start a business and teach well. Guest speakers were really informative and addressed realistic concerns and questions. I appreciated the good volume and enthusiasm that Jordan maintained throughout. It helped me to keep up. I have tendonitis in both shoulders and wrists from over 11 year of intense keyboarding well as fibromyalgia. I had incessant pain by the 3rd day. Your energy and volume was louder than my pain, this helped me to pay attention. Thank you and all the best. Thank you both.” Tina-Virtual Class April 2020
“I found it helpful that we were given lots of opportunity to teach in front of our classmates and be evaluated by them. The course was fast-paced and interesting throughout.” Ursula-Virtual Class April 2020
“I’m sure ones who are, or will be teaching in the future, really benefitted from your course. On a personal level, my interest in the course was more for personal use. I gained much more than expected. An appreciation for how hard it is to learn a new language. Some things like mind mapping and spaced learning I want to implement in my own life. But there were so many other things I learned that made me think learning a new language might be within my grasp! Thank you so much for a great job teaching. Your enthusiasm, experience, clarity of instruction, encouragement etc makes this a great course!” Sherryne- Virtual Class April 2020
“A good balance of new knowledge and practical application. A very good class atmosphere so I felt comfortable trying something completely new.” Abigail-Virtual Class April 2020
“Amazing atmosphere, relaxed and positive approach to teaching. It was the very best training I’ve ever attended. I had no idea that teaching a language can be so rewarding. Thank you very much!” Dina- Doncaster, February 2020
“A privilege to be able to attend, a top-quality course I’m proud to have graduated in, and hope to put to good use.” –David-Doncaster, February 2020
“Thank you Jordan. The certification may prove to be an important life-line to me. I will continue to learn , and practice the valuable teaching methods, which I have been taught.” Kim-Doncaster February 2020
“What I enjoyed most from this course was understanding WHY these techniques work. Also, seeing how quickly novices appear to progress and become comfortable teaching was encouraging.”Mark – Chelmsford, UK August 2019
“What I enjoyed the most was the teaching practice sessions. Delving into new methods, and the reason why they’re effective, including the history behind them, such as the section on improving pronunciation.” Wayne – Chelmsford, UK August 2019
“The whole experience was fantastic. I will never forget the amazing week I had.”
Tony-Edinburgh August 2019
“The instructors were able to teach complex material in a way in which it was easy to digest and this meant I was able to learn while not being overwhelmed with information. The class was also extremely interactive and fun and the teaching practices also helped me be able to gain confidence in teaching.
Mia-Edinburgh August 2019
“I loved working with the other students and learned so much from their presentations and their very different teaching styles. My feeling is that, if I enjoyed their lesson, then their teaching style was successful. As an unexpected added bonus, I found I love Swahili!! I am amazed how much I picked up and am sharing it with anyone who will listen The methods do work!! Although I worked very hard during that week, including at least two hours homework each night, I didn’t feel it was a hard slog. The course is stimulating and enjoyable. We laughed A LOT. We had fun!”
Hazel-Edinburgh August 2019
“It was so fun and the teachers were outstanding! Spread the word more about your classes because they are fabulous!”
Paula- Edinburgh August 2019
“Well done Jordan !!!!!!!!. I liked your clarity, the fun and humour you added, as well as your enthusiasm and dynamic approach. Also all your explanations were well understood.I also loved your acting out of the Swahili words. I still have these words buzzing round inside my head today. I also found it fascinating to listen to the science of the brain, and the way it works, and processes information.”
Bridget- Edinburgh August 2019
“The teacher was very passionate and made each lesson extremely interesting to listen to. He gave examples with enthusiasm and kept our focus with each new topic. Simply thank you for a wonderful week. I learnt so much and had fun at the same time.” Greta- Edinburgh August 2019
“The dynamic way that the training was delivered and the wide range of techniques were demonstrated. Also the way the teaching practice sessions were set up with a view to mutual appraisal and encouragement from fellow students. So as a result I did not feel scrutinized or under pressure. Just loved the 360 degree experience! The training and support that I experienced from both Trainers and fellow students was invaluable and gave me the confidence that I need to start teaching. English! Thank you so much. “ Rebecca- Edinburgh August 2019
“The opportunity to practice all the methods, and Jordan’s teaching style kept me engaged all the way through “ Rachel- Edinburgh August 2019“I loved the active interaction and opportunities to practice methods throughout the class. ASHLEY (July 2-6, 2019 Course)
“It was an intense and valuable week. Jordan, our instructor, did a magnificent job presenting the seminar and infusing his own dynamic energy and enthusiasm into each method he taught.” RIANNA (July 2-6, 2019 Course)
“I have had post secondary education relevant to this field of practice and have gone through various workshops, seminars, and programs and I have to say that this course was by far the best. The variety of methods, the hands on experience as both teachers and learners with all of the methods, and the knowledge of the teacher blew me away. I am telling all of my friends and colleagues about this program. I left this program excited to teach and confident in my abilities to do so. I cannot thank you enough for what you have given me and I hope I can give back as best I can.” MICHELLE (July 2-6, 2019 Course)
“What an amazing class to be a part of! It truly could have saved me from a lot of stress the last two years of teaching (trial and error) without having done this course. I definitely did things backwards. Take this class first is what I highly recommend!”- RANDY (July 2-6, 2019 Course)
“Shortly after the course, I taught an ESL course briefly as a volunteer. My students thoroughly enjoyed the methods. Later, I started teaching English with an online company to get my feet wet. In April of this year I was able to quit my job and teach English completely on line. The pay was better than my job at the bank and the university where I was working. It is in San Francisco with excellent pay. I could choose my own schedule. Taking the course was one of the hands down best decisions of my life. I told a young person in my area about the course. Unbeknownst to me she formed a group of young people and took the course., now she is quitting her full-time job and had an interview with a ESL company today! Thank-you for such an excellent class!”-MEADOW
“I enjoyed how Jordan added humour while instructing. The actual teaching practice with other classmates (was, at first nerve wrecking) but turned out to be the most useful in the long run.”-CANDACE
“The lectures were informative, demonstrations were effective, and even the jokes and personal experiences were a good break from an otherwise dry subject. The scientific material about neuroscience was also very helpful. Jordan is an excellent instructor with a relaxed manner of teaching.”-KEN
“I enjoyed the class dynamics, It was lovely and unpredictable. Jordan made learning a ”fun” experience. I felt that I learned a lot in one week.”-TU LE
“The tools taught here will allow me to distinguish my teaching from those who went to a traditional school. Our instructor set the example of how to be enthusiastic and dynamic. All the explanations were clear and useful.”-ITZEL
“Jordan forced us to continually act beyond our comfort zone. He used humour to break down our barriers. The class was fast paced.”-NAOMI
“Way more enjoyable and memorable than other courses I’ve taken. Very informative and a lot of fun. Thank you, Jordan.”-SABRINA
“I particularly enjoyed Jordan’s anecdotes, but really enjoyed the method on Idea Mapping and will be sure to use this method for meetings.”-OLIVIA
“It was so lively. Jordan you are an excellent teacher. 40 wonderful techniques and you showed us how to use them all.” –CAROL
In planning for wintering for four months in west coast Mexico, I decided to outfit myself with the skills needed so I could volunteer to help teach English to tourism workers there. As the saying goes, “when the student is ready the teacher will appear” and I came across an advertisement for a five-day intensive TESOL Certification training course to qualify people to teach English anywhere in the world. TESOL is the abbreviation for: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
The course is offered by Victoria BC based Pure Language Institute, owned and operated by Jordan and Ruth Stackhouse, who have spent 25 years travelling the globe and helping teachers become very skilled at teach languages – including signed languages. They have trained language instructors in a multitude of countries, including Dominican Republic, Spain, Russia, South Korea, Poland, Tanzania, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala, Thailand, Japan, India, Italy, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, and Romania – as well as Canada!
There is also a special value-added that the Pure Language Team offers their students. Jordon Stackhouse notes, “we have also been students of foreign languages, becoming fluent in Spanish and Swahili. We have a keen insight into the learning experience and know first-hand the frustration and satisfaction of learning a new language. We have authentic empathy for the challenges our students face.”
I immediately signed-up for the 5-day intensive at the Pure Language website, purelanguage.ca, grateful that the tuition fee was affordable, with discounts also offered for those volunteering to teach English. My registration was promptly processed and communications from Pure Language helped me get fully prepared for the course.
The five days were intensive but in an exciting, efficient and highly effective way. We learned all day and had homework at night. There were thirty of us in the class and it was inspiring to be in the company of so many young people taking the course so they could teach English overseas in developing nations. Their enthusiasm and dedication to doing something worthwhile was very motivating. Another group of us were retirees, like me, looking to give back as we travelled to warm weather winter destinations, or aimed to help new Canadians with their English language skills. One fellow was taking the course so he could help his Arabic-speaking partner who was having a very tough time learning English.
The most powerful aspect of the course was the incredible teaching competency of Jordan Stackhouse. Jordan was a living example of the methods and techniques that are proven to deliver the most rapid and most retained language learning. As humans learn best in 15 minute segments, punctuated with regular breaks, Jordan continually engaged the class in different activities to demonstrate the material. As students, we learned how-to through hands-on exercises like teaching each other, taking quizzes and playing games. Knowing that movement is a significant aid to learning, Jordan regularly had the class complete walking and talking exercises. It was incredible to experience how the energy released in movement really did promote learning.
The homework assignments allowed each student to select a teaching method that appealed to them and create a sample lesson that was delivered to a small group the next morning using that method. Students evaluated each other’s lessons based on 8 different criteria. By the end of the course it was easy to identify teaching strengths and areas where further attention would be helpful.
The course was of benefit to students across a broad spectrum. For those with formal teaching backgrounds, the Pure Language curriculum added new tools and techniques to their toolkits, and also gave them insights about the unique aspects of teaching a new language to foreign speakers. Students who had some informal training experience, or inclination, were now equipped to systematically and intelligently design and deliver their own English-language courses. And those completely new to training, and language training in particular, had a framework within which to continue their learning, now with some very relevant practice under their belts.
The Pure Language 5-day TESOL intensive makes entirely good on its claim, “Our system and our team will help you to develop and gain the confidence you need to teach English one-on-one or in a classroom setting to both adults and children.” Indeed, it is learning that can and does change lives for the better.
Joanne Thibault – Victoria, BC