I have over 25 years' experience teaching English to international students working in Ireland and abroad. I spent 2 years teaching English in Boston, USA in 1993/94 and 10 years working as a business English language teacher before setting up "Dublin Business English" in 2005. Initially, we focused solely on providing business English language classes to the corporate sector but have branched out over the last 5 years to include offering general English and exam English to the non-corporate sector; international students in Dublin who need to improve their English for work and exam reasons. I am also involved in developing sales & marketing which entails sourcing new clients and explaining the "Unique Selling Proposition" (USP) of my school to the HR/Training managers of various companies in Dublin. I have a master's degree in both International business and TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages). I speak 3 foreign languages: French, German, and Japanese.
Brian’s Academic Background:
- A Master's (2.1 Hons) degree in TESOL from University College Dublin (2013-14).
Areas of interest: The psychology of language learning - motivators/ demotivators.
- MBS in International Marketing (2.1 Hons) from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin (1994-95).
- Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Cork (1981-85).
- Languages: French (B2), German (B1), Japanese (A2) Spanish (A1) and Irish (A2).
- Hobbies: singer/songwriter
- Check out my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/brianahernesongs
Our philosophy is all about creating the right atmosphere in the classroom where both individuals and groups can prosper and thrive in mastering the language. We revisit the basics: build a solid grammar foundation and then give you the opportunity to try out the new target language learned. The course is very student centric and we operate more akin to coaching - setting targets/goals, delivering the service product & meeting these targets within a set time period. Every effort is made to make our school as paperless as possible, students get soft copies of relevant material, e.g. course books, & handouts. Equally, all homework is sent via email to our clients who after completing it, send it back to the teacher for correction. We use the internet, the media and various educational websites to support our teaching and we have made a concerted effort to decrease our dependency on hard copies of course books, grammar books, vocabulary books etc over the last 10 years.