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Unfortunately my work commitments do not allow me to spend as much time developing my English as I would like, so being able to spend two weeks in Harrogate was a great opportunity for me. My intensive programme of study was designed according to my particular professional needs and took in every aspect of healthcare.
I could improve my English language skills and at the same time I could also deepen my specialist knowledge across the entire spectrum of British healthcare. Chris arranged for me to meet counterparts working in more than 15 different fields of healthcare so I got to experience extremely different language situations and meeting scenarios. I received preparatory material prior to each meeting; Chris took notes continuously on what everyone said at each of the meetings and then afterwards we talked through, analysed and practised the real-life scenarios which had come up both from a professional and a language perspective.
We travelled a lot, so I got to see the county of Yorkshire, which both in terms of the culture and the natural environment was an amazing experience. I was accommodated in a very friendly, homely, high standard guesthouse, where every day started with a wonderful breakfast. Harrogate itself is a real gem. There are any number of excellent restaurants which give the lie to everything you have heard about terrible English food.
All in all, the two weeks I spent in the UK were very useful in substantially improving my English language skills and even though I was studying and dealing with my professional business area the whole time I could do so in a calm and relaxing environment. I would wholeheartedly recommend this approach for everyone who wants to make real progress with their English and hope I will have the chance to return soon for a further two weeks.
Dr. Krisztina Török - Chief Executive, GYEMSZI (Hungarian NHS)
There were always moments during the lessons which really encouraged me and gave me a sense of achievement.
The professional counterpart interactions which took place during my training have resulted in further meetings being scheduled and presented excellent business opportunities for me. What I found very useful was that from the initial interactions it became clear who it would be worth meeting again, either simply because a particular person was interesting, because it’s interesting to listen to real English or because they work in a similar or related professional area to me, which obviously creates business opportunities, and I feel there would be a great value in meeting to move our ideas forward together. I also could meet and share experience with people with very different communication styles which I don’t really have the chance to do in Hungary.
During my training course I received a Developing Learner Independence plan to take back home with me, so I have plenty to be working on [with my English] over the next two months…
Zoltán Baki – Member of the Board / Private Banking, Gutmann Hungary Investment Consulting