Endorsements

“I learned from Leona’s unique style of teaching, her way of dealing with students, and her smile every time I met her challenges. She promotes all the activities that have the same relation, and prevents conversations from being scattered. She knows how to motivate success and avoid failure. Because I really loved her process of writing essays, I tried again and again to write better each time. She is really concerned about instilling the love of reading because my community doesn’t motivate reading too much.”
~Maya Almugheiri, former student at the Writing Center UNizwa, and English teacher at Alalbab School for Basic Education at Ibra Sharquya North

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“The idea of her teaching model really speaks to the universal properties of all languages. I love the four verb families as they are accurate, very helpful for the learner, and sum up the English language helping verbs.”
~Jilani Warsi, PhD Associate Professor at Queens College, New York

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“Leona’s method of explaining the structures, rules and roots of the English language are essential for every English learner. I hope people from all over the world will obtain her book because of its high quality!”
~Yusuf Alimukhammad, Colleague at the Writing Center UNizwa

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“Leona is actively involved in utilizing left and right-brain modalities to learn and teach. As charismatic as she is passionate and thorough, any student or fellow learner who has the good fortune to meet Leona will never forget the experience.”
~Milton B. Knutson, Ph.D University of Arizona

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“Honestly, it was such an opportunity to be one of your students. You are one of the best teachers because you make English easier to understand. You also have a unique way of communicating to your students of different ages. I would like you to be my teacher again if possible!”
~Thabit Said Saayid Al-Fazari, Finance Accountant UNizwa, and a member of Leona’s Communications Course for the Lifelong Learning Institute

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“I liked when you used teaching materials on a whiteboard, such as the [magnetic] tools for the verb families you asked students to put in the right place in a sentence. Encouraging us to do presentations, and explaining to us the guidelines of presentations, helped us to improve our English.”
~Hamed Issa Alsalmi, Head of the IT programming department, University of Nizwa, and a member of Leona’s Communications Course for the Lifelong Learning Institute

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“I find your presentations of the book very refreshing and innovative, You mentioned its main purpose was to bring a breath of new hope to those involved in teaching ESL/EFL. I believe you accomplished your purpose in a very colorful, realistic and humorous way. Your imagination is awesome, and the personification of language as a tree makes it easier to comprehend. Your book makes a boring subject capable of acquiring a vivacious, interesting life of its own.”
~Leda Gill, MA in Literature from the University of Oklahoma

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“Having studied Leona’s book with its revolutionary approach, I’m convinced her base principles of English can easily be acquired while bypassing much of the tedious grammar presented in other methods. She makes her students’ lives much easier, and learning so much fun! Thank you, Leona, for presenting this wonderful work to ESL/EFL teachers and students around the world.”
~Dr. Syed Ammad Rizwan PhD, Communication Trainer in India

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“Leona’s enthusiasm, energy and good will demonstrates on the intellectual as well as the professional level how to deal with then surmount the challenges and unexpected situations that arise within the context of a public education system. Her humanity, as well as her congeniality, allows her to make the best of whatever social milieu she finds herself in. As a teacher, Leona needs no recommendation since anyone who meets her immediately recognizes both her personal and professional abilities.”
~Don Emilio Arias Martinez, High School Principal at Liceo La Virgen, Costa Rica

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“I like your style of teaching in terms of reading, writing or speaking. Your teaching helped me learn the language because you taught me the basic elements to the harder ones. The conversational part helped me in terms of pronouncing words and speaking in front of others. Your accent helped while I was studying at university in terms of pronunciation. I am now using some of your teaching styles in my classes to improve my students’ language.”
~Raya Almugheiri, English Teacher at Ibra School for Basic Education Sharqiya North, Oman, and a former student at the UNizwa Writing Center

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“With you I gained a strong basis to know what I know today. I learned a lot from you, more than what I learned in college and in high school. So I just have to say, thank you so much!”
~Esteban Barboza, Information Systems for Human Resources, Chiquita Banana, Ft. Lauderdale, and former student in Liceo La Virgen, Costa Rica

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“Receiving your course was the best I’ve ever received to help me speak the English language. After that course, I was attracted to the idea of learning English because I saw it as easy. However, I went to several places and found it wasn’t so easy to learn! I think if you had stayed here, I’d be speaking English because you made it seem simple. I honestly don’t know how you did it. But it was a brilliant method!”
~Oscar Perez Ledezma, computer science teacher at Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica, and a student of Technical English at Universidad Internacional, San Isidro Labrador, Costa Rica

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“Because all my jobs have required a second language, I’ve always been able to find work thanks to Leona’s teaching. I also had the opportunity to go to the States as a Rotary exchange student, which was a life-changing experience. I’ve not had another opportunity like that one with her. But one thing I know, if I ever have the opportunity to help someone (like she did me), I will. Thank you, Leona, for helping me not only academically but in every single way you could!”
~Yazmín Menjivar Miranda, former student, psychologist and English teacher in San Jose, Costa Rica

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“What I remember about the English course was I used to go to Leona’s house as if it were my house. It wasn’t boring because we never did the same thing twice. Watching movies and singing songs on a warm summer’s evening, like The Gambler, was fun. I remember Leona explaining the difference between pronouncing ‘b’ and ‘v’ while making faces and strange sounds. She didn’t stop doing it until the three of us pronounced then correctly.”
~Merilyn Rodriguez Murillo, former student, and agriculture and livestock teacher at the Santa Clara High School in San Carlos, Costa Rica
“Now that I’m a teacher I think of you often. I’m so thankful for everything you did for me. You really inspired me in my love for languages and cultures, which led me to where I am now. So many kids, who are now adults, from Sarapiqui have become successful individuals because you believed in us. I hope I can see you again one day.”
~Lorna Fair, former student, and Tham Spanish teacher in Marietta, Georgia

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“Every day I meet people who tell me that I speak fluent English, even if I know I’m still learning. I always tell them that I had a great English teacher who encouraged me to practice and learn. So Leona, I’ll never stop thanking you!”
~Adán Serrano Quesada, whitewater instructor in Costa Rica
“Once when the electricity went out during our university English class, you brought candles and held class anyway. You were my best teacher, and always managed to get the most output out of each student. Thank you for all your encouragement!”
~Veronica Campos, English teacher at Sarapiqui, Costa Rica