Career Development

Career Development is an interdisciplinary field which takes into account workplace dynamics, individual growth and change. You’ll get an assessment first to ascertain your motives, core values, and preferences for the job. And then, we’ll work together on gathering information about workplace options and helping you develop strategies to reach your career goals.

Course Outline (Eight to ten hours based on individual needs)

  • The composition and configuration of jobs & global career paths
  • Career Assessment
    • Prioritize your career core values
    • Identify and develop professional skills
    • Identify and understand your motives
    • Understand your job skills based on orgs and management styles
    • Assess your career interests
    • Organize assessment result
  •  Developing a strategic career plan: The first job or transition or retirement
  • A solution-oriented job & career exploration
    • Field research and interview skills
    • CV & Resume
    • Building a personal network & recommendations
    • Using networking to secure referrals and interviews

Results

  • Gain career confidence & industry insights- when you are well-prepared
  • Encouragement & Inspiration- reducing anxiety, fear and vulnerability in you.
  • Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI) Assessment report filed in the US for potential employers

Who is it for?

  • Professionals in all stages of work and life, including those transitioning fields
  • Students looking for their first job
  • Individuals re-entering the job market or facing retirement

Accent Modification

Empower Your Speaking!

Who is this for?

Do people have trouble understanding you when you speak English? Are you sometimes scared(Frightened) of taking on English speaking clients or coworkers because you think you won’t be able to converse with them?

Miscommunications in the workplace can lead to embarrassing, counterproductive and possible harmful situations

Your English speaking skills might be holding you back. If you are reading this, you already understand English. What you need to improve is your ability to speak and be understood.

Our teachers have been teaching English for a long time; we have worked with hundreds of students from around the world. Do you know the biggest concern of most of our students? Speaking. Most of our students are terrified of speaking English! Why? Because they´re scared that someone will not understand them.

Some students try to practice speaking and pronunciation with DVD´s or YouTube videos. Some even use books or worksheets to try and improve their speaking. These are not the solution!

Why? Because you don’t have a real person to speak with. There is no one to correct you or give you ideas on how to improve.

Our solution: actually speaking with a native speaker.

At Student Planet, we think that the best way to improve your pronunciation, is to actually speak English with an experienced teacher. All of our teachers are native speakers!

That is exactly what you do in our Accent Modification classes. We´ve already helped many students improve their speaking, pronunciation, and intonation through these specialized classes. We’re ready to help you too!

Hear what our students say:

Roberta from Brazil said, “We worked with some texts and words that I use at work. So it was a good way to improve my vocabulary in my job. My teacher knows how to explain the topic and gives me examples and explanations about the theme. I feel that my pronunciation improved a lot. The homework is very useful.

Mertcan from Turkey said, “Before I started my classes with Tommy, I always had some difficulties being understood by people. After I had some classes for my pronunciation, I can speak to my teachers and fellow students clearer than before. People can understand me better!”

What exactly do you get with Accent Modification classes at Student Planet?

First, you´ll speak with 2 of our teachers (Yes, two!) who will find out what your biggest weaknesses are in speaking English. Then they will come up with a step-by-step plan to help you improve.

After each 1-hour class, you´ll have homework. Yes, there is homework! The homework is more like specific practice and exercises that you´ll need to do. After just a few weeks of class, you´ll already start noticing a difference in your pronunciation.

Once we have trained your muscles to pronounce English sounds more clearly, you´ll begin working on stress and intonation – two of the most important parts of speaking! These will be some of the hardest classes, but they will make such a difference in how easily people can understand you.

Upon completing the Accent Modification classes, you´ll speak English more clearly. Phone conversations will be easier. You´ll have more practice and confidence in giving presentations in English.

All Accent Modification Package Include…

  • A free, 1-hour diagnostic with two teachers
  • Classes designed specifically for you
  • 1-on-1 classes
  • 20% off Lifetime Membership to Saundz.com Saundz-logo-full
  • Hours of free take-home practice
  • Video recordings of all sessions

Conversation

Wanna talk?

Conversation classes are the most popular way for international students to improve their speaking skills. You will spend your class time talking about things you are interested in with an experienced teacher who will help you improve your fluency, grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary use, and many other things.

What do you want to talk about?

  • Academic English
  • Business English
  • Traveling
  • Shopping, Eating, and Entertainment
  • Slang & Idioms
  • Science & Technology
  • The Environment
  • Global Issues
  • American Life & Culture
  • TV & Film
  • Anything else you desire…within reason 😉

All of our teachers have years of experience teaching conversation to students from around the world.

We’ve worked with students from…

  • Western & Eastern Europe (for example: France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Ukraine)
  • The Middle East (for example: Saudi Arabia and Turkey)
  • South America (Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela)
  • Mexico & Central America
  • Southeast Asia, China, South Korea, Japan

If you’re looking for a class focused 100% on pronunciation, go to our Accent Modification page.

TOEFL / TOEIC / IELTS

The TOEFL and TOEIC exams are probably the most common ways American Colleges and Universities decide if you have the level of English needed to study in the US.

Do you want some expert helping to earn a great score?

The TOEFL / TOEIC Test Prep classes are 1-on-1 classes that will cover all areas of the test. You will learn about Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking with specific instruction on things students usually struggle with.

There is not a “grammar” part of the test, but we may teach specific grammar points if you need them or request them.

Your classes include:

  • Test strategies
  • Practice questions like those on the test
  • Explanation of any confusing topics
  • One-on-one timed speaking interviews like the real test
  • Graded essays for the writing section

The IELTS Exam is one of the main ways American Colleges and Universities decide if you have the level of English needed to study in the US.

Some schools only require a 6, but most schools require a 7 or above. Do you need help earning that score?

The IELTS Test Prep classes are 1-on-1 classes that will cover all areas of the test. You will learn about Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking with specific instruction on things students usually struggle with.

There is not a “grammar” part of the test, but we may teach specific grammar points if you need them or request them.

Your classes include:

  • Test strategies
  • Practice questions like those on the test
  • Explanation of any confusing topics
  • One-on-one timed speaking interviews like the real test
  • Graded essays for the writing section

Business English

Do you want to do business internationally?

You don’t want to lose out on the possible profits from doing business internationally. Not speaking English severely limits who you can work with. English is now the language of international commerce.

These classes will give you the skills you need to take your business or work to the next level. You will learn….

  • Vocabulary related to doing business in your niche
  • Practice and preparing for job interviews
  • How to write an American style resume (Curriculum Vitae)
  • American Business Culture
  • How to prepare and give presentations in English
  • How to speak in English over the phone
  • How to write business emails, posts, and reports in English
  • Listen to, understand, and give your opinions in meetings
  • Advice on social media and how to present it clearly
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Banking & Accounting
  • Engineering
  • Business Travel
  • Hospitality & Tourism

Speaking / Pronunciation

Don’t lose your English

Did you study English in another country? Are you worried that you’re going to lose your English from not practicing?

Maintenance English with Student Planet is a great and inexpensive way to keep your skills sharp. Classes focus on what you need. We can work on Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Listening – you decide!

If you already speak English and you’re just looking to practice or refresh what you know, this class is for you.

Travel English

Since English is now the language of international travel, you’ll need to know some basic and vocabulary which will make your trip easier.

This class doesn’t waste time on grammar or writing skills you don’t need. We will jump straight into everyday English that you will actually use. Everything from getting through the airport to ordering at restaurants, to being able to see the sights.

Presentation Skills

Learn how to give outstanding and clear presentations in English.

Does giving presentations in English make you anxious whether it is at school or work?

These classes will teach you…

  • To relax before a presentation
  • To practice in order to be confident
  • Pronounce things clearly to be understood
  • How to proofread your presentations to avoid embarrassing mistakes
  • To use effective intonation and pauses
  • To handle question and answer sessions
  • How to organize your notes and presentation

College Prep

Need help getting into community college or university?

Getting into a college or university is a big challenge.

We can help you with…

  • Writing awesome college admissions essays
  • Practicing for interviews
  • Preparing for the TOEFL/TOIC or IELTS
  • FIlling out confusing applications
  • Understanding what it is like living and studying in the USA

*NOTE: We are not authorized to issue visas or advise students on the visa process

Writing

Are you going to university in an English speaking country or communicating through emails?

Written communication is necessary in many areas, whether you are a student, an employee, boss, or a tourist. If you cannot communicate or express your ideas clearly in writing, we are here for you! This is not a simple process. Remember: revise, revise, revise.

These classes are for…

  • Building your confidence & ability in the writing process
  • Developing simple and/or complex sentences into paragraphs, pages & full essays
  • The ability to vary your sentences
  • Applying & practicing high-level grammar points
  • Expanding your use of vocabulary (i.e. using a thesaurus)
  • To inject your personality into your writing style