Testimonials Tagged: academic

Astrid T. Stormorken MD, PhD.
Company: University Hospital Oslo, Norway – Consultant and Specialist in Clinical Genetics
Course: One-to-One

A great week spent at Riversdown House in November 2013!

I am a medical specialist in Clinical Genetics, working at the University Hospital in Oslo, Norway. Norwegian is my native language. My PhD was written in English and I am a co-author of several publications in international medical journals. I have worked 16 months as a consultant at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London. Over the years I have had presentations/lectures at national and international meetings. I came to Riversdown House because I wished to improve my English, both for private and professional use.

The training programme was customized to my needs. I spent one week having mainly face-to-face sessions. I wished to improve my grammar, vocabulary and written English. I did not feel a need to strengthen my work-related vocabulary (medical terms), but to incorporate them in well written and spoken English. The trainers I had were quite professional and were able to relate to my needs. We spent time working on drafts for medical publications, improving grammar and language. I enjoyed reading and discussing newspaper- and magazine articles, and British humour. At my wish we also had some culinary discussions based on selected English menus.

Riversdown House has a great atmosphere. Meals were shared at the main house in good company with fellow students, teachers and Mr and Mrs Lewis. Each day had some social event.

I greatly recommend Riversdown House and the language course to everyone who wishes to improve their English in a professional, friendly and outstanding environment.

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Umberto Fiaccadori
Company: Institution of Informatics School of Economics, Lund University

I really remembered my staying at Riversdown with excitement. I simply loved the opportunity to combine lectures in English with lectures in Golf in fantastic surroundings and well equipped facilities. The personnel were professional and very nice in all dimensions. The food was great and I gained a half a pound in weight.

I only regret one thing from the whole experience. After two weeks all my material as well as exercises for enhancement were available at my work place. The regret is that I still haven't done my homework.

According to my own estimation my English abilities enhanced by really 10 to 15 % by the week I was there. As a whole I really good investment:)

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Anna Månsson
Company: Lund University School of Economics and Management, Sweden – Employability Coordinator

I came to Riversdown to improve my English skills, particularly presentation and negotiation techniques and academic writing, since I was going to give a very important presentation at an international conference.

I think it was a great course with excellent teachers. I also very much enjoyed the different evening activities which gave me a chance to further practice my English and to network with the other course participants. Riversdown house, its surroundings and the staff at Riversdown are also factors that further contributed to my very positive impression of the course.

I definitely improved my presentation skills and my English skills in general, as well as giving me a deeper understanding about cultural differences when negotiating for example.

Since I work at a university with a lot of international students and a lot of international collaborations I speak/write/read English every day. I also often give lectures and seminars in English. The course has been very useful to me. Thank you!

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Anders Nilsson
Company: Göteborg University, Sweden – Senior Business Advisor, School of Business, Economics and Law

"I have had the pleasure of visiting Riversown twice the last couple of years. It has been a tremendous experience providing me with valuable insights and knowledge. My English has improved both from a business conversational perspective as written. What I especially appreciated during my visits was the focused learning environment with highly skilled and engaged teachers but also the possibility to tailor suit the learning experience by changing the schedule in accordance with my progress and need.

In conclusion I can highly recommend a visit to Riversdown. You will meet people from all around the world ackompanied with a lovely scenery, professional recreation possibilities such as golf, tennis, local visits and non the least a warm and open relation both with the teaching staff as well as with Mr Richard D. Lewis who always took time to interact."

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