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Our students' feedback enables us to monitor and maintain the quality of our language courses, ensure they are getting the most out of their course, and help new students choose the right course for them. As such our student's views are invaluable to us and you. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to send us their comments. You can read some of them below.
Angela is the best teacher I have experienced at Cactus, she pushes us hard to develop more which is fantastic. I finally feel that I am understanding Italian - how to construct sentences, how to think in Italian.
Emma Bentley — Oct-14
Monika is an excellent teacher. She makes it very enjoyable and is always happy to answer questions.
Laura Higgins — Oct-14
Excellent teacher! I took the online language test on the Cactus site at the beginning of the course and took it again at the end and I have improved. I have a better score! Having an understanding and skilled teacher is a great help in learning a new language. I enjoyed doing the homework and enjoyed coming to the lessons. I have booked Spanish 3.
Ellen Stevenson — Oct-14
Roksi continues to be a great teacher – it’s the first time I'm enjoying (and progressing!) with a foreign language course in my life.
Rachel Hankins — Oct-14
Meltem is an excellent teacher. Meltem continues to have fun lessons with lots of interaction.
Hans Meissner — Oct-14
I can now pick up a few words when I watch Spanish movies. I I finally learnt what Feliz Navidad means. I thought it was someone's name!! Gloria was wonderful. She brought a lot of extra materials to help us.
Beatrice Mikuzi — Oct-14
Elena was a wonderful teacher! She cares a lot about providing the best course for her students. I thought she went above and beyond what is required of a teacher, as she would correct our homework outside of class hours. She made the class interactive, fun and very enjoyable!
Bernadette Maingat — Oct-14
I started understand the basics of German and not finding it so unfamiliar. I feel that with little practice I could find my way around in basic German. I like the teacher and she took good care of us, keeping us engaged and motivated to learn. She always answered all our questions and was very patience with us. I would like to see Susanne teaching my next level German.
Marina Pavlovic — Oct-14
The teaching on this course was excellent - very relaxed and supportive style whilst also encouraging the class to share skills and stretching us to learn as much as possible.
Helen Mark — Oct-14
Slightly cheaper than the alternatives that I looked at. Taught in German - very good. Very likeable teacher. Encouraging feedback given even when mistakes made.
Edward Seymour — Oct-14
The teaching was excellent, have had teachers that make language learning slow and boring but Tani had a variety of teaching methods and made the lessons fun and interactive. The content was good and the teacher adapted to the needs of the class. Grown in my understanding of the French language and in confidence to keep learning.
Barnabas Kwant — Oct-14
Ursula is very helpful and patient, and has a friendly and effective teaching style
Peter Ashworth — Oct-14
Excellent teaching by Nancy-she takes time to make certain that you fully understand the material and gives individual assistance. Given that the lesson is only two hours in length the content of each lesson and therefore the course is well structured so that only the correct amount of material is given that can be realistically covered within the given time. Nancy structures the lessons to make certain the course material is covered.
Alfred Phillips — Oct-14
Excellent! ***** Sanna picks up helpfully on mispronunciation and praises/encourages good examples. Lessons start and finish on time. It seems remarkable how much we cover in just 2 hours! Keep the special offers coming! I want to go all the way with the Cactus Swedish curriculum!
Chris Berry — Oct-14
This course has great features. We are taught grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation in a fun and informative way. I found the teacher to be approachable, understanding and helpful. She meets us at the level we are at and challenges us to achieve more. I will be definitely booking onto the next Spanish course. Previously I have done the beginners Spanish with the oxford city council adult learning and it was extremely poor compared to this course. I will recommend this to my friends (I already have) and will be booking onto the next course.Thank you.
Ellen Stevenson — Oct-14
Definitely a great place to study! We were really lucky to have an interesting and extremely patient teacher, May Mahmoud. She balanced the classes really well - teaching us the basics of the language while at the same time sharing with us fascinating aspects of the culture. What really stood out however, was the way she managed to cater for the needs of all, and really made everyone feel welcome and at ease :) Thanks!
Angela Osmond — Oct-14
I have thoroughly enjoyed both Beginners 1 and Beginners 2 Turkish and am looking forward to starting Beginners 3. The Cactus team has been polite and helpful. The school in Russell Square is easy to get to, which is very handy. Our teacher has been excellent - knowledgeable, patient, encouraging and genuinely wants us to do well. He has a good teaching technique and has managed to cope well with the varying learning speeds and abilities of his students. As for the course content, I am very happy with what I have learned and already feel more able to have basic conversations with my Turkish friends.
Michelle Cummins — Oct-14
Great teacher who puts a lot of time and effort into preparing lessons so there is always something to do, and helps to correct your mistakes without being patronising. On the down side, traffic before the lesson makes getting to the lesson a nuisance, but overall well worth it for a supportive teacher who cares about you learning a language and tailors the course to the subjects you're interested in and your learning styles.
Samuel Morris — Oct-14
The course was very fun and it's nice to meet new people. The teacher's always try and make the lesson interesting and they try their best to help us understand the language.
Chilip — Oct-14
Although I missed the first 2 weeks, I soon got up to speed and felt the content of the lessons was good, I also enjoyed getting involved in role plays and felt there was a lot of interaction, the small class sizes helped me to get the attention and focus required
Andrew Haughton — Oct-14
J'ai attendu un class au Bond Street pour etude Francaise; Le professeur a ete bon et les exercises ont ete particulier pour grammaire:Le vocabulaire tres facile aussi!
Vasso Ntasiou — Oct-14
I have been very impressed with the German Intermediate 1 course run by Melanie in Manchester. There were fewer than 10 people in my class which was great. The lessons were a 'German only environment' and Melanie took into account the varying levels of the students. The pace was good, lots of homework so motivation to do home study, and it was a good mixture of grammar and speaking (reading, listening and writing too of course). I will be enrolling on the German Intermediate 2 course next year.
Susannah Wallace — Oct-14
Classes were structured and fun with lots of interaction from the group. We have all been learning and improving each week. Many of our class have not learnt German for a long time and are very rusty and at differing levels of skills and confidence. Our teacher has helped everyone. Course materials are good but we have not just followed the course book. Do make sure you order the right books in time for the courses though as they are essential. If you are looking to start or improve your language skills Cactus seems like a good choice. I will be signing up for the next level :-)
Maxwell Brierley — Oct-14
Chirag is a great teacher and very patient as it is a lot of information for me and I dont do well at memorising things but he is good at explaining things and how to structure a sentence. He is friendly and professional and obviously very passionate about learning and languages which makes the lessons more enjoyable. I would definitely recommend him and Cactus school.
Sarah G — Oct 2013
I really enjoyed the class atmosphere and the excellence of my teacher!
Student — Apr 2013
I really enjoyed the class in general, I wasn't the best student in the class however I really was made welcome by Isabel and I'm looking forward to the next course!
David P — Apr 2013
I really enjoyed the way the lessons were structured, it was the perfect level for my skills!
Irene P — Mar 2013
I really enjoyed the atmosphere in the class and the size of the group which allowed us to ask a lot. I also really liked the diversity of the attendants which was most enjoyable!
Laura G — Mar 2013
I really enjoyed Grazia's way of teaching. She presented a fun and personable way to learn and was very engaging. She really took great care to help with any questions or correct us.
Sarah F — Mar 2013
I really enjoyed Karine, my teacher. She was really good and encouraging. She also did not mind explaining stuff we asked about which didn't relate much to the subject matter and made it all relevant. She prepared us well!
Katie F — Mar 2013
I really enjoyed the quality of the teaching and the accessible structure of the classes. My teacher, Lindberg, has a very dynamic and inclusive approach to teaching.
Alexandre C — Mar 2013
I really enjoyed being pushed to speak, as well as the homework. I also really liked the feedback all the time.
Ray B — Mar 2013
I really enjoyed the speaking emphasis. We would be asked about our weekend plans (future and past) and it would get my brain in gear quickly! However it was never pressurised.
Belinda S — Mar 2013
I really enjoyed... the role plays and dialogues and games
Fotini D — Feb 2011
I really enjoyed... having opportunities to listen to Spanish spoken by Manuel (the teacher) and on tape.
Carolyn D — Feb 2011
I really enjoyed... the course structure. The games.
Kerry G — Feb 2011
The pace of the class was perfect and Amalia tailored the content for our holiday plans throughout. I can't say enough good things about Amalia. Her teaching approach was excellent, and it made the course very enjoyable. Highly recommend!
Marshall V — Nov 2013
I really enjoyed Lina's enthusiastic teaching style. She was very clear. She simplified everything . Her style was what I liked most.
Burcin E — Mar 2013
I had forgotten more French than I initially thought before I started the course. However, I found the course absolutely excellent for going over all the main points again. I learnt so much in this intensive course, it was really incredible.
Anita T — Mar 2013
I really enjoyed my group of 4 students. My teacher, Paulo, interacted with us so well and met ours needs in full with his excellent teaching skills.
Kevin C — Feb 2013
I really enjoyed the intensive teaching and how much I learned in a short period of time.
Jordan G — Jan 2013
I really enjoyed small number of student
Agnieszka W — Jul 2010
I really enjoyed the whole experience. Especially the way Almiro tought the class. He was enthusiastic and patient just the qualaties a good teacher should have.
Miriam N — Dec 2012
I really enjoyed watching videos in in the French language, it really helped me a lot!
Claudia C — Dec 2012
I really enjoy each of the classes. I liked the clips from the internet, and the recordings. Also the interactive activities helped to break down barriers between strangers, and foster a friendly atmosphere of mutual co-operation.
Clare A — Oct 2012
I really enjoyed the friendliness of the teachers and their willingness to support students by answering questions to make sure students are comfortable and have complete understanding of the language. Course materials were very useful, given clear content of what we need to be confident while speaking or writing French language.
Gabriel O — Oct 2012
I really enjoyed the interactive parts such as the music, dictation and pace of the class. I was interested enough yet pushed to make sure that the momentum to learn was kept up.
Alyssa D — Sep 2012