Testimonials

'I enjoyed the private lessons. They helped me to overcome my insecurity.'

Margreet Blommert (Dutch, VTS museum guide, Haarlem 2019)

 

'Deborah is een geweldige docent met een goed gevoel voor humor. Ik heb individuele lessen bij haar gevolgd ter voorbereiding voor een workshop op een buitenlands congres over geestelijke gezondheidszorg, bemoeizorg en strafrechtelijke titels. Dit was voor haar een nieuw onderwerp, maar door haar brede interesse en belangstelling in het onderwerp kwamen we al snel bij de kern en de juiste Engelse uitdrukkingen. De wekelijkse lessen vlogen om.

De workshop ging goed en het was heel fijn om niet naar de Engelse woorden te hoeven zoeken, maar alles paraat te hebben toen de vragen kwamen. Thank you Deborah!'

 

Annemiek Schäfer (Dutch, verpleegkundig specialist ggz, Haarlem, 2019)

'Deborah is a very intelligent and many-sided teacher. Considering that she lived in many countries and speaks several languages, she has empathy with her students coming from different cultures. Her lessons are tailor-made, they are adapted to the wishes of the students. She is a well-read person and therefore able to suggest the best literature for her students. Her way to explain and answer questions is quiet and clear. She is an inspiring person.'

Maria Ballendux (Hungarian, retired teacher and author, Haarlem, 2016 - 2019)

Maria started with 1-to-one lessons with me. Then, when her discussion group teacher had to stop teaching, she very kindly brought 5 of her classmates to me and we started the Tuesday morning discussion group, for which I am very grateful.

'For three years I followed Deborah's discussion groups on Tuesday mornings. For me this form was perfect: my aim was to improve my spoken English. So I did, and we had interesting discussions together. Deborah is a good teacher and is very keen on pronunciation - for me very useful. I'm very content.'

Frieda Schmid (Dutch, retired teacher, Haarlem, 2016 - 2019)

 

"I had one-to-one lessons and enjoyed the way Deborah paid attention in the here and now to our conversation field while holding the intention of helping me to improve my English."

M. Boon (Dutch, Haarlem, 2019)

 

"Engelse les van Deborah is een verademing. Ik wilde graag mijn Engels verbeteren maar gruwelde bij de gedachte om weer in de 'klas' te zitten. Deborah bleek de perfecte en uiterst professionele uitkomst. Ongedwongen mijn Engels bijschaven op het hoogste niveau en dit allemaal met een hoop gezelligheid en gelach. Ze weet altijd precies mijn Engelse zwakten op te sporen om deze vervolgens te verbeteren. Een echte aanrader!"

Sander van Weert (Dutch, documentary maker, Haarlem, 2017 - 2019)

 

 

"Ik vind het heel fijn om Engelse groepsles te krijgen van Deborah omdat ze goed les geeft. Dat komt ook doordat ze zelf Engels is, waardoor je nog meer leert. Je werkt in thema's uit drie verschillenden boeken: een schrift waar je de werkwoorden in leert, een opdrachtenboek en een tekstboek. Deborah is heel lief voor ons. We krijgen vaak iets lekkers of nootjes en thee or water. Ze is heel gastvrij en staat open voor ideeën.

Kes Hamminga-Staal (Dutch, 11-year-old school boy, Haarlem, 2016-2018)

"Two years ago I moved to the Netherlands because my husband got a job in Amsterdam. I needed a teacher who could give me a clear understanding of English grammar, useful vocabulary and correct pronunciation. At that time, my knowledge of English was passive and I didn’t dare speak it. I had been studying English in an intensive course of 10 students, and we had done 3 levels in 3 months. Of course, that wasn’t enough time to understand all the information I got. Now, I have been studying with Deborah for over 2 years, 2 x 2 hours a week. Every lesson is interesting, productive and inspiring. Also, in addition to filling in the holes in my knowledge, Deborah has given me confidence. Thanks to her, I freely communicate with others without any fear. Furthermore, Deborah has helped me to prepare for the IELTS exam. She is very attentive to the details and nuances of each unit. She is a special teacher and I'm very grateful to her. Without a doubt I would recommend Deborah as a professional with her own teaching methods."

 

Olga Borytska (Ukrainian, sales manager, Haarlem, 2016 - 2018)

"I have attended discussion group meetings with Deborah and absolutely recommend them. She is an excellent teacher that pays special attention to pronunciation, grammar, word choice, corrects you in a pleasant way and makes sure you learn the right things at the right time. She is a very committed and professional, yet kind and down-to-earth woman with a charming personality. The discussion group meetings with her exceeded my expectations. In a very short time, my confidence and speaking skills improved considerably.  She always made sure that everybody got their space to speak and the topics covered what the participants would most prefer to talk about, whatever it was. The meetings were always very pleasant and enriching - and not only in terms of learning English. If I hadn't moved abroad, I would have still continued attending them."

D. Rabčanová (Slovakian, lawyer, 2017)

"Deborah Knight is a great teacher. She is both serious and funny. When you choose Deborah, you will get a lot of new input for your personal development and your level in spoken English will improve.  I took lessons with her to help me prepare a presentation I needed to give in English. She encouraged me in a nice and very professional way. Within a few weeks I prepared and then gave my presentation in Berlin at an international congress. I enjoyed it and felt relaxed and confident about presenting in English due to Deborah’s very helpful and interesting lessons."

Wendelina Timmerman (Dutch, coach and trainer for hearing loss www.hooridee.nl, Haarlem, 2017)

 

"In the past 2 years, I have attended both Deborah’s private and group lessons. Her practical approach took my writing and pronunciation skills to the next level. I was always able to influence the topics we discussed during the lessons. That's why my skills improved, particularly on subjects that are relevant to me. On top of that, she gave me the confidence to feel more at ease when speaking English."

Mike Rijkers (Dutch, brand strategist and founder of TAPE, Haarlem, 2016 - 2018)

"Deborah helped me with my graduation thesis in Graphic Design. Besides carefully looking into the grammar and the syntax of my text, she suggested words and locutions which enriched it. Not to mention her availability and full reliability. Always on time with the delivery of the work and very precise in her comments about my text. For all these reasons, I would highly recommend Deborah. I really enjoyed sharing my work with her."

Valeria (Italian, graphic design student, email & Skype 2016)

"Definitely, Deborah is a professional teacher! When we met for first time I saw a positive, open-minded, friendly and articulate person and I understood that I can trust her. I took private conversational English for 6 months. She  paid attention to the pronunciation and grammar in equal parts. I liked her system to write down the corrected mistakes and repeat them as often as necessary to have a perfect result. Not only does she teach to speak English, but also to understand English speech. I'm very thankful to Deborah for my improved English."

 

Renat Vagapov (Russian, project manager, Haarlem, 2016)

"I highly recommend Deborah for Skype English lessons. I had no prior experience with Skype lessons, but I found those I took with Deborah to be really productive.  I needed to prepare myself for the TOEFL exam and was looking for a good and flexible teacher. Deborah  was all of this and more. She helped me a lot with my writing skills and did some text editing for me. She has an eye for detail and is very clear in her explanations. If you need a high-level English teacher who is flexible and dedicated, then Deborah is your best choice."

Florencia Grasselli (Italian, neurologic music therapist, Skype 2016)

"SInds mei 2015 heeft mijn zoon 13 nu bijles van Deborah. Zij kijkt goed naar mogelijkheden, niveau. Na een paar weken valt het mij al op dat zijn uitspraak verbeterd en dat hij meer zelfvertrouwen heeft om in het Engels te spreken.
De les is opgebouwd uit theorie, oefeningen, spelletjes en bewegen."

 

Maris Burger (Dutch, mother, Haarlem, 2015)

 

 

"For the past school year, Deborah has come to our house each week for an afternoon to teach our three children English (ages 11, 9 and 7), each at their own level. I am a native speaker but my kids go to Dutch public school and we wanted extra English tutoring for them. Deborah is very qualified and professional, the children's reading and writing skills have improved enormously over the past year and she finds a good balance between hard work and fun and games to keep the children motivated. We are grateful to have her!"

 

Suzanne van der Klip (Anglo-Dutch, mother, Haarlem, 2014 - 2015)

 

 

"Deborah is great! She works as a teacher for me at MiniLinguals where she teaches two of our English classes for bilingual childeren in the Haarlem region. We are very happy with the progress of our students. She has taught our older students to read and write in English and has increased the grammar and conversational skills of our younger students. The children really enjoy the lessons and the balance between education and fun is very good!"

 

Gerlinde de Haas (Dutch, MiniLinguals, Haarlem, 2014 - 2016)

 

 

"Deborah geeft Engelse les aan onze drie dochters van 15, 12 en 10. Dit ter voorbereiding op een verhuizing naar het buitenland en een Engelstalige international school. Deborah is zeer betrokken en geeft op een aansprekende manier les en kijkt goed naar de behoeftes van onze kinderen. Ze is ook inhoudelijk zeer goed onderlegd. Kortom, erg tevreden!"

 

Gabrielle van Stralen (Dutch, mother of three, Haarlem, 2015)

 

 

"Deborah heeft 3 Vietnamese collega's in relatief korte tijd (8 weken) geholpen met het bijspijkeren van hun Engels betreffende grammatica, uitspraak en de toepassing in de praktijk. Niet alleen hun Engels is verbeterd, ook het vertrouwen is enorm gegroeid, wat belangrijk is wanneer zij zichzelf presenteren."

 

Rolien Faber (Dutch, Opticon Sensors Europe B.V., Hoofdorp, 2014)

 

 

"Deborah is een zeer goede engelse lerares/trainer om de engelse taal te leren en/of de engelse taal flink te verbeteren! Ik heb Deborah gevraagd of ze mij wilde helpen met het voorbereiden van een sollicitatiegesprek in het engels die ik onlangs heb gehad. Deborah heeft me heel erg goed geholpen om mijn engels te verbeteren en vooral te durven spreken. Ik ben dan ook positief door het sollicitatiegesprek heengekomen! Mede dankzij Deborah! Ik kan niet anders zeggen dat ik heel erg enthousiast ben over haar manier van lesgeven, ze is duidelijk en traint de cursist op een rustige evenwichtige manier waardoor je de tijd hebt alles goed in je op te nemen. Zodra mijn engels weer de nodige aandacht nodig heeft, ga ik sowieso terug naar Deborah."

 

Floris Vermeulen (Dutch, HR coordinator, Haarlem, 2014)

 

 

"Deborah heeft onze 2 kinderen (11 en 13 jaar) gedurende 1 week in de zomervakantie iedere ochtend aan huis bezocht en op hun eigen nivo onderwezen. De kinderen vonden het heel erg leuk, zowel de inhoud van de lessen als de vorm: afwisselend conversatie/spelletjes/grammatica. Het was niet vrijblijvend, er werd hard gewerkt, maar er is heel veel geleerd, en ook zelfvertrouwen verworven tbv volgend schooljaar (2HV)."

 

Carl van Schagen (Dutch, father, Haarlem, 2014)

 

 

"I really liked the book group I participated in. After that I continued with language practice lessons. Currently, we are reading poetry and discussing it. My English has improved greatly. More vocabulary, ease of speech and pronunciation; all this helps me professionally because I work on interntional projects a lot."

 

Isabelle Langeveld (Dutch, instructional designer, Haarlem, 2014)

 

 

"De lessen van Deborah zijn niet alleen leerzaam maar ook leuk! De combinatie van presentatietraining en tegelijkertijd verbeteren van mijn Engels was voor mij perfect. Deborah heeft een zeer prettige, positieve en directe stijl van lesgeven, niet alleen gericht op het verbeteren van je kennis maar ook op het vergroten van je performance en zelfvertrouwen."

 

Stefan Beer-Rutte (Dutch, senior marketing manager, Haarlem, 2014)

 

 

"I have worked with Deborah in a book group and on private lesson base. Besides her extensive knowledge about the English language she's a very inspiring person and nice to be around. This makes "lessons" with Deborah more educational and fun :) I would surely recommend Deborah for anyone who wants to improve their English language and already has a solid language base."

 

Daan Buwalda (Dutch, CEO of Wizkunde, Haarlem, 2014)

 

 

"At first, I was worried. I didn’t want a classical, strict lesson. Deborah proposed interactive lessons, with different solutions for me to improve my English. She helped me to gain confidence in myself. She is really human and understanding. I appreciate the method and the structure. First we start by speaking about daily things. And we close the lesson with exercises (that’s less fun)."

 

Ludovic Marechal (French, account manager, Haarlem, 2014)

 

 

"Deborah heeft onze receptionistes verder geholpen in het onder de knie krijgen van betere conversatie Engels.
Dit is uitstekend gelukt in zeer korte tijd. Wij kunnen Deborah dan ook ten zeerste aanraden. Deborah, bedankt voor je hulp!"

 

Denise van den Anker (Dutch, People Serve Dienstverlening B.V., Den Haag, 2014)

 

 

"I worked with Deborah to improve my English. She is an enthusiastic and driven teacher. She is structured and she used books, TED talks and papers to teach me. We had good discussions about a variety of topics. I made real progress."

 

Jan Brand (Dutch, scientist, Utrecht, 2014)

 

 

"I passed the Cambridge Checkpoint exam, in part thanks to Deborah who gave me extra help for English. By doing the old exams with her it gave me an extra trust and goal to succeed for this exam."

 

Cyrus Feiz (Dutch, high school student, Amsterdam, 2014)

 

 

"Deborah is very experienced and kind teacher. She helped me to become more confident in spoken English. Her lessons are very interesting and she always tries to teach me according to my needs."

 

Anya Palyutina (Russian, website builder, Amsterdam, 2013)

 


"We just want to let you know that Hidde is doing very well at high school. English is his best subject, average of a 8 and he will join the fast lane English program next year. If everything goes well he will have a Cambridge certificate when he finishes his high school. Somehow he loves English and he is doing so well that he wanted to join the fast lane English program. This program includes extra lessons English (also cultural) and exchanges in the UK and the US.
Deborah, many, many thanks for all the time you spent with Hidde. You always encouraged him and now he is loving this language. I hope you will pass your skills and enthusiasm to many more children." (Femke, 2016)

 

"Deborah is een inspirerende, enthousiasmerende docent Engels voor onze zoon (11 jr) waarbij zij op een speelse maar ook gestructureerde manier les geeft. Wij hebben haar als zeer betrouwbaar leren kennen."

 

Femke Lycklama (Dutch, mother, Amsterdam, 2013)

 

 

"I had the privilege of learning English with Deborah from age 11 to 16. Almost 20 years after my first lesson with her I have fond memories of our classes together. She was an amazing teacher and knew exactly how to motivate the teenager I was to make progress in English. Using my interest for music stars and my passion for reading, she got me to translate articles from English to French. Such exercises helped me a lot to learn new vocabulary and idioms. When I was 16 she prepared me for the First Certificate (FCE) which I passed with great success. Years later I also passed the TOEFL. I was also admitted with top marks to the MA in Translation at the University of Geneva, although I later decided to follow another path. Thanks to the solid interest Deborah instilled in me for the language, I've kept learning it over the years, albeit not in class but by reading books, watching movies or TV series, chatting with friends... Thanks to that I have had great work opportunities! I owe it to Deborah and, therefore, I highly recommend her!"

 

Stephanie Thome (Swiss, communication officer, Switzerland, 2013)

 

 

"Deborah has high expectations for her students and they meet them {in pull-out EFL lessons} - it is pleasing to see the standards they are reaching under her caring approach. Indeed they can hold their own with those in the mainstream in many respects. They have a solid basis on which to build when they enter the secondary division of the school. It is clear that she has an interest in her students and that she cares for their social, emotional and academic development. Deborah has been a valuable asset to the school in many ways."

 

Roy Lewis, Headmaster of Lanna International School (Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2011)

 

 

"I am conscious of the enormous progress Yanik has made and know how important a good base will be for the years to come. I am deeply impressed by Deborah's capacity and dedication, more so in comparison to Yanik's performance in the year he attended [different school]." 

 

Pia  (mother of a schoolchild at Lanna International School, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2010)

 

 

"Deborah has a very engaging manner. Speaks directly to the students in a firm clear voice. Calls on individual students. Uses direct questioning very frequently. Varies learning style with verbal information, picture visuals and extensive white board writing. Gentle style when eliciting information in stages from individual students. Helps with clues, expressions and body lanaguage clues. Very good engagement and interactions. Excellent classroom, group and individual student involvement."

 

B. Johnson (peer observation by a fellow teacher at Lanna International School, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2009)

 

 

"It is immediately apparent that Deborah sets high academic expectations of her students. She was adamant about pronunciation and the kids certainly showed good results. The book they read was a year level higher than the students' year. Explanations were clear and questions well answered. Students written work was amply displayed and would serve as a good model for subsequent writing. Behaviour management was unnecessary for the whole lesson. The students were not afraid to ask questions and speak their opinion in a structured exchange with their teacher. Deborah provided timely encouragement for the students and not so much so that they would stop appreciating it."

 

Jimmy  (peer observation by a fellow teacher at Lanna International School, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2008)

 

 

"An excellent lesson, taught in a highly professional manner." 

 

L. Fohster (peer observation by a fellow teacher at Lanna International School, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2007) 

 

 

"Deborah rapidly acquired ease and skill with this form of language teaching. The children experienced spontaneous pleasure in speaking and singing in English under her magic wand, returning year after year. Deborah also created a course for adolescents and adults which she taught with great success. Deborah is a sensitive, honest and responsible collaborator, greatly appreciated by everyone, on whom one can count completely. Her personality and professional qualities have made the reputation of Arnie's Club, for which I am very grateful."

 

Liliane Rossi, owner and director of Arnie's Club (Geneva, Switzerland, 2003)

 

 

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