Course: Quatorial +5
Length of study: 6 months, October 2010 - April 2011
“When I visited the
agency Study Abroad in Japan, they recommended OISE because its curriculum is
organized by your own level and each class has maximum 4 students.
Now, I am confident that my choice was right, not only for the above
reasons. For example, we had presentations every week. It was very hard because I’m not good at speaking in front of people but the teachers encouraged me and I could improve.
After classes, they had social activities such as going to a bar and talking together or visiting a museum and sightseeing places. I enjoyed learning English. To achieve my purpose, those experiences enabled me to go to the next step.
Because of my experience at OISE, I decided to stay in Sydney and I am currently studying Dental Technology. I am happy staying in Australia.”
"OISE Sydney has everything what is
required to make a great school 'great'. It offers everything I need to feel
comfortable and welcome. That is a nice and comfortable atmosphere and a
team, so open minded and friendly, that you feel like being with some of your
friends. Hence learning didn't feel that exhausting and boring as learning
sometimes can feel. Besides from the high quality and personalized lessons that
pay full attention on your individual needs you can learn a lot from the
teachers and let them broaden your horizons. I learnt a lot from talks on TED
that were part of some classes. I was furthermore introduced into places in
Sydney you would hardly find without the insights of a local.
The weekly presentations with people from other countries and cultures were very helpful to become even more open minded and culturally sensitive. And last but not least it was great practice for feeling more confident in giving talks in front of an audience.
To put it into a nutshell: It is hard work and intensive and therefore very effective in improving your English skills and it will give you an enjoyable experience with wonderful personalities that might change your view on one or another topic. And if you combine your learning with a travel in Australia you can practice and use the lessons learned and make it part of your long term memory. I for example traveled from Darwin to Perth by car after I had finished my studies with OISE. On that occasion I met very interesting Australian people and saw beautiful spots of Australia. That's priceless.
The real impact that OISE had on my life was the creation of joy in learning a foreign language. I think that enjoying to learn is a key factor in succeeding and reaching your personal goals because it encourages your internal motivation. Therefore it feels easier and chances that you go on to maintain or even improve your English skills after school are more likely. I was never so inspired in learning a language than after my experience with OISE!"
Sandra Morenon - a French woman in her 20s, studying Veterinary Science in Munich.
Course: Quatorial small group classes
Length of study: 3 weeks, March 2012
“A typical school day at OISE Sydney begins at 8:45am, with a brief review of the news from around the world. Then the morning continues with a grammar and vocabulary class and a skills class with a morning tea break in between. For lunch there are plenty of options around the school where you can eat and enjoy your break. The afternoon is then busy with Quatorial Project, Masterclass (self-study) and a fluency class (spoken performance).
But the activities with the teachers and schoolmates don’t stop here! On Monday and Friday is has become a habit to have a welcome and farewell drink after school. Plus, the school organizes at least once a week a social activity, including a visit to an attraction in Sydney.
My main focus has been Grammar and Vocabulary, but learning doesn’t stop after school. Thanks to the engagement of the OISE team, you’ll have many more opportunities to practice your English.
My stay here was very useful and it has been a really great time!”
Kenichiro Nagae - a Japanese man in his 30s, a Sales Executive at Fujitsu, Tokyo.
Course: Quatorial small group classes
Length of study: 4 weeks, March 2012
“I was able to enjoy and improve my English skills at OISE. OISE is a school with very few students. I was in a class of either 2 or 3 students. And as many as 15 students in the entire school. This is very normal at OISE.
Having only a few students is attractive in many ways. Teachers are able to point out our weakness in a short period of time (I got some advice that I often mix up singular and plural when I’m speaking). Knowing your weaknesses allows you to improve you skills at a rapid pace.
Another virtue of having a few students is you get to know people who you wouldn’t have a chance to get to know in your daily life. Since there are only a few students you would be talking to every student that is in the school, which means people with different nationalities and professions. OISE also provides us with an opportunity to do so, such as social activities or morning tea. Getting a chance to speak with them not only helped me to improve my English skills, but also widened my view of the world and also appreciaite my own culture.”
Elise Bartoletti - a French woman in her 20s, an Agricultural Engineering apprentice.
Course: Quatorial small group classes
Length of study: 1 week November 2011
"The teachers' involvement in our English classes was the best way to use the week. The personalized lessons were really useful and the fluency and masterclass courses allowed me to use as much vocabulary as possible and to have very enriching conversations with people from other cultures".
Yoichi Tanaka - a Japanese man in his 30s, an Auditor with KPMG Tokyo.
Course: Quatorial +5 for 3 weeks and Quatorial +10 for his final week. Yoichi chose to study in a small group class in the morning, then to concentrate on topics and language specific to auditing in 1-1 classes in the afternoon.
Length of study: 4 weeks October/November 2011
"I have really enjoyed my course for 4 weeks. I could speak English a lot because in my case there were a maximum of only 3 students in each class. So I could concentrate in my class. All the teachers were friendly and kind. They taught not only English enthusiastically, but also many useful tips about my living in Sydney such as a nice area to live and an excellent restaurant where I will invite my boss. Teachers take us to many sightseeing spots such as the fish market, the Opera House tour and some markets. It's wonderful to communicate with teachers outside the school"
Reto Ambiel - a Swiss German man in his 30s, CEO of an IT company
Course: Quatorial +5 Reto chose small group classes and an hour of individual 1-1 tuition daily
Length of Study: 5 weeks August/September 2011
"I really enjoyed the courses with my teachers. I feel safer in talking / speaking English. For me personally I've reached the aim for this 5 weeks".
Christina Schroeder - A German woman in her 20s, a Risk Management Consultant
Course: Quatorial small group classes
Length of Study: 2 weeks June/July 2011
"Well organised, well prepared course, especially the breaks between the lessons and the balance of lessons and breaks. The grammar lessons were the best grammar lessons I have ever had. Also it was the best way to learn new vocabulary with the topics we have discussed".
Hansjorg Kunzli - a Swiss German man in his 40s. A lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences Zurich, Department of Psychology. Head of the research group, 'Coaching, Counselling and Training'.
Course: Tutorial 15 Hans chose this 1-1 programme comprising 3 hours of morning lessons, leaving his afternoons free for study of his choice, or to practise his English outside of school.
Length of study: 6 weeks March/May 2011
"I was confident to make considerable progress despite the short time, but what I finally achieved was much more. I not only lost my fears of speaking English, but I became more an more able to use my existing knowledge. In my opinion this was mostly due to the flexible and resource and relationship style of teaching"
"What's more, OISE provided not only a suitable setting, experienced teachers who know when and how to digress and have most interesting discussions and an appropriate form of teaching, but also supporting environment. What I really appreciated and what exceeded my expectations was the support from the OISE team beside and beyond the teaching. When I had a question or a problem there was always a member of the OISE team to answer it or to help solving it"
"My most important goal was to distinctly improve my spoken English. International issues and English language skills became and are still becoming more and more important. The 1-1 setting allowed me to compile a programme according to my needs and not to follow a prearranged structure. It was of great importance for me that the other students were adults/professionals and not adolescents or young students'.
Pavel Chytil - a Czech man in his 40s, a Neurosurgeon and Law teacher in the Medical faculty of Prague University.
Course: Quatorial +5 Pavel chose to study in small group lessons in the morning and to have 1 hour of 1-1 tuition in the afternoon to focus on his specific language needs and areas of interest.
Length of Study: 2 weeks April/May 2011
Pavel's most important focus was to improve his speaking and listening and to advance his fluency and confidence in communication in a school with other adult professionals. He also wanted to see Australia and to stay in executive homestay accommodation.
"School environment is very comfortable. Support to assist very acceptable. Easy and very convenient access for students. The teachers are very friendly, lovely and highly qualified professionals for their work. With everything at school I was absolutely satisfied."
Annette Buchli - a Swiss German woman in her 50s, a Teacher specializing in Special Needs education
Course: Quatorial Annette chose to study in small group lessons in the morning and to do self-guided study in afternoon Masterclass and practise her fluency in the Spoken Performance classes.
Length of Study: 3 weeks February March 2011
Annette's goal was to prepare for her Cambridge Advanced exam, specifically to improve her writing, use of different registers and to increase her fluency and confidence in speaking. She wanted a short, intensive programme shared with other professional adults and also planned to travel extensively in Australia.
"I benefited a lot, in various fields. Many compliments for this very individual style of teaching, many opportunities to talk / to practise. Various activities, variety of spoken English by the teachers."
Yuya Shirane - a Japanese man in his 30s, an Auditor at KPMG
Course: Quatorial +5 for 3 weeks and +10 for his final week. Yuya chose to study in a small group for his grammar and skills lessons and to practise his fluency then to work on his individual, specific language goals in 1-1 lessons in the afternoon.
Length of course: 4 weeks January 2011
Yuya wished to study in small group classes in a school which attracted adult professionals and he also had specific needs relating to his homestay accommodation which we were able to arrange. Yuya wished to improve his English for communication in meetings, problem solving, on the telephone, emails and reports. Yuya also wanted to practice small talk and discussing his children's education as he was going to live in Melbourne with his family.
"I need to communicate well with foreign people because I will work for an Australian company for one and a half years. It was very useful and helpful for me. The teachers are very helpful and kindful and have patient for my English. Presentation time was very useful for me. I have realized that is is important to have courage and not to be afraid to speak English"
Vicky Garnaud - a French woman in her 20s who had just completed her accreditation in Statistics in France.
Length of Study: 2 weeks February 2011
Vicky wanted to concentrate on her listening skills and vocabulary to prepare her for business meetings and communicating with clients and colleagues by email.
'Teachers are very good at explaining and their lessons are very interesting. In their classes, we are never bored'.
Yasmina Elassrioui - a French woman in her 30s, a senior advisor in HR working for Rio Tinto.
Length of study: 3 weeks January / February 2011
Yasmina wanted to improve her oral English for telephone communication in particular and also to focus on emails and communication in general.
'I am very happy about my OISE English training. The approach is dynamic and varied. I will recommend OISE Sydney for the course quality'. 'I particularly appreciate the oral exercises. Generally I am very satisfied'.
Monica Fernandez - an Argentinean woman in her 40s, a vet who works in the production of animal medicines
Course: Quatorial Monica chose small group lessons (maximum of 4 students) in the morning, to focus on her individual language needs in Masterclass and to practise her fluency in the Spoken Performance lesson.
Length of Study: 4 weeks December 2010 to January 2011
Monica wanted to study in small group classes in a school which attracted adult professionals, to stay in executive homestay accommodation and to travel in Australia. She wanted to improve all areas of English including grammar, reading, writing and with particular emphasis on speaking and listening. She also needed vocabulary specific to her work as well as for general communication.
"I enjoyed all, the teachers are very good, you are a friendly, kind person. I met there a lot of friends.
The most helpful was writing, reading, speaking, listening. The presentations, section news are very interesting, I could practise my speaking, and they help I speak.
I have improved my vocabulary. I learnt new grammatical structures.
I enjoyed social programme. It is very important for known other students and the teachers".
Masato Kumasaka - a Japanese man in his 30s, a Business Analyst for McKinsey Tokyo.
Course: Tutorial 15, Quatorial and Quatorial +5
Length of Study: 6 weeks October to December 2010
Masato wanted to concentrate on the language of meetings, negotiations, presentations and to improve fluency and aural comprehension.
'It's very useful to have lessons in a small number of students because we have a lot of opportunity to speak English. Whenever we hav a question we can ask it and solve it immediately. If we have some preference, teacher incorporate it into the curriculum flexible. We can customize our class to make it more effective."
Katharina Schneider - a German woman in her 20s, Katharina needed to pass the TOEFL test in order to study Economics at university.
Length of Study: 4 weeks November/December 2010
'I really enjoyed my courses and especially the size of the classes.
The first morning lesson was always perfectly organized and grammar, speaking and reading were always good combined.
The school is perfect and the atmosphere very private. Especially the staff was so friendly that I really enjoyed my stay.'
Annelies Luijten - a Dutch woman in her 60s, working in the medical profession.
Course: Tutorial 20
Length of Study: 2 weeks October/November 2010
'The atmosphere is very good at school. The teachers are very friendly and conscientious. The course helped me a lot. Now I have more self-confidence.'
'The grammar lessons were very good. Every day was a different day with different exercises. It made me enthusiastic. Amy (teacher) gave me very good lessons with medical terms.'
Erika Wolff - a German woman in her 30s, an IT Quality Engineer for a software company
Course: Quatorial Originally booked for 2 weeks, Erika extended her course for a further week. She chose small group lessons in the morning and self-guided study in Masterclass in the afternoon and Spoken Performance classes to practise fluency.
Length of Study: 3 weeks October 2010
Erika wanted a short, intensive programme and to study in small group classes in a school which attracted adult professionals. Erika also wanted to travel in Australia.
Erika's goal was to concentrate on improving her speaking and written communication with special attention to vocabulary and variety of expressions.
"The time spent with OISE in Sydney exceeded all my expectations. Thanks to the teacher's expertise and ambition I could improve my language skills a lot within 3 weeks. Not only the challenging teaching methods (eg role play, presentations, writing essays as homework etc)' but also the variety and the profoundness of conversation made the lessons and the social time very interesting and inspiring. I found plenty of helpful advice to carry on with the progress in learning English and last but not least I found friends for life! Thank you very much indeed to all my teachers and colleagues for this unforgettable experience."
"Very helpful homework and role play. Interesting and inspiring discussions. Precious advice. The presentations challenged me: great!"
What were the best activities? "Lunch at the Fish Market, Visiting Sydney Opera House, International Lunch, the weekly Afternoon Tea, Wine Tasting in the Hunter Valley"
Charles-Olivier Hahn - a 17 year old French student.
Course: Tutorial 15
Length of Study: 2 weeks July/August 2010
'I chose OISE Sydney because it has a good reputation in France and my brother did a course at OISE Heidelberg in Germany. The Tutorial 15 Programme maximised the benefits of my two weeks in the school and allows close contact with the teachers.
OISE Sydney is different from other schools because of the amount of personal attention provided by the teachers and the opportunities to interact both in school and socially with the other students.
The highlight of my stay was the general warm and friendly ambience of the school.
I would advise future students to take advantage of the many opportunities provided to interact with the teachers and the other students'.
Anabela Correia - a Portugese woman in her 40s, a psychologist and professor at a university in Portugal.
Length of study: 1 week July 2010
'I chose OISE Sydney because it was recommended by the Australian English, few number students in class, adults courses and the location in the center of Sydney.
I need to improve my English to participate in conferences and for only 1 week the Quatorial course seems comprehensive.
At OISE Sydney the English is quickly developed, especially the pronunciation and there is more attention from the teacher. The school is different from others because of the professionalism of the teachers, the friendly relationship between teachers and students. Also, the environment inside the school is excellent, specifically the communication and availability between the staff and students.'
Keigo Onoda - a Japanese man in his 20s, a sales executive with Mitsubishi
Course: Quatorial + 10
Length of study: 2 weeks April 2010
Keigo needed to improve his English in order to work in the Mitsubishi Singapore office.
'Very effective' 'Classes are very useful for improvement of business English and grammar' 'The school provides us a good environment for our study' 'I can learn a lot of expressions and words for business meetings at school'
Jayun Huh - a 17 year old Korean student who wanted to prepare for her architecture studies at university in the USA.
Length of study: 5 weeks
'I'm very thankful for all activities and lessons. It was a great time to study at the OISE. I hope I can come here again.
The staff was very kind and friendly. Thank you very much.'
Andres Vasquez-Rogat - a Chilean man in his 40s, a lawyer in Santiago, Chile
Length of study: 5 weeks January/March 2010
'This is a very intensive course second language school, because the classes are with few students and it's possible to have private teacher.
That's a good reason to choose this school, because it works in a different way at other schools. The environment is really nice, with very friendly people. Even there are many moments when you can take part in social meetings, dinners, visiting the main historic place of Sydney.
That's why I recommend to come to OISE Sydney.'
Luisa Arevalo - a Venezuelan woman in her 30s who needed to pass her Dentistry examinations in English to practise in Australia.
Course: Tutorial 15
Length of course: 6 weeks September/October 2009 and March 2010
'Working as a Practice Manager in Sydney, I needed to pass exams to qualify for work in Australia. One of my main concerns was how to communicate with patients in a clinical situation. I am now more confident with my knowledge and communication skills and, most importantly, passed my final exams thanks to OISE Sydney.'