How are People Using English Banana.com Free Licences?
Below is a selection of emails from people who have contacted us to tell us how they are using, or planning to use, the English Banana.com Free Licences. If you would like to contact us, please click here.
"I have used the [Talk a Lot] program also in tutoring one on one, as the sentence blocks and topic base of the discussion questions are very suitable for this. As a private tutor, each lesson from the Talk a Lot program yields 3 x 1 hr lessons, and now with the new [Book 3] topics, that gives me 90 hours of tutoring lessons. Much more than most students actually need, so there is the flexibility of students being able to choose their topic..."
* Formerly the National Academic Advisor at the Vietnamese American Vocational Training College, Dr. Connors is currently a Business English Lecturer at Saigon Technical University in Vietnam. He also teaches online classes, which you can attend by clicking here. Click on the audio player below to hear an extract from one of Ray's lessons from May 2009, in which he mentions using Talk a Lot Spoken English courses. Thanks for your support, Ray! *
* Due to several requests we have begun issuing official Certificates of Authorisation relating to our Free Licences. Click here for more information! *
"I just want to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH! I print out your worksheets on yellow paper and have dubbed them 'Bananas'. One student came up to me after class and requested 'more bananas'. Thank you for making them available for all to enjoy."
* Thanks so much for your feedback. It really means the world to us to get messages of support like yours. We hope that you and your learners will continue to enjoy using English Banana.com stuff in the future! *
"hi, i am [M.] from Sri Lanka an English Teacher by Profession. I have come across your Talk a Lot Book which really thrilled me. i am running an institution in Sri Lanka. i have planned to start a course based on these books. i will update to the progress in future.
"i need a favour from you. at the end of the course i would like to mention your name in the certificate. if you an affiliate our institute we will be able to issue a certificate with your logo and signature on it which will definitely impress the students and they will be satisfied that the course is based on foreign syllabus and the certificate has an international recognition. at the end of the course i an send the certifiates to you via mail. you can sign them and return them back. how does it sound? please let us know about your stance. thank you."
* Thanks for your email! We're very pleased that you are going to start a Talk a Lot course in Sri Lanka, and we are happy to help you in the way that you describe. Please do contact us again when you need our help. *
"Hi firstly I would like to say what a great site this is really useful and so much great resources. I was adapting the TALE book 1, as I am using it in Egypt and some stuff weren't culturally seen as ok eg: bottles of wine, boyfriend and girlfriend etc. I changed the book from PDF to word, but after pg 17 which is landscape all the following pages print landscape even if printer is set to portrait. I noticed that you said all books were first done in word then you convert them. Do you have a copy of the book in word that you could email me. It would really help me. Thanks."
* You can download all of the .doc files for Talk a Lot 1 & 2 - as well as for many of our other books and worksheets - here. *
"I just want to take the opportunity to thank the man/men behind the englishbanana. I am using your site in getting resources for English Tutorial Services. We our aiming to bring our services on different part of Asia to teach non-English speaker to be competent in writing and in speaking in English. We want to help them to be competitive in the World. (as we all know that English right now is the universal language). We aim to help the third world countries to uplift the present situation of their families, communities and nations.
"As the assign administrator of the tutorial services your site is a big help for me. I am very pleased to discover you site. I also want to use your materials as a support to the existing materials that we have and as a guide on how we can improve our english tutorial services. Thank you very much. I am very blessed to learn a lot from your site."
* Good to hear from you! We wish you every success with your ventures. *
"Wow! Thats all I can say! I just started teaching ESL in a small French Private school. I teach grades 1-6 and the classes are combined! Its crazy how these worksheets are going to help me! THANK YOU!"
* We're so glad that you can use them. They're there to be used! *
"I have been using your free worksheets since last year and find them really interesting and helpful to my students.I work in Oman and currently teach Beginner Level in a college in Oman. I wish you all the best for your good work!"
* That's wonderful. Thank you! *
"I'd like to thank your for all the possibilities your website provides for us and our pupils. I'm a teacher of English at a Dutch school and it's just great to be able to use hundreds of your worksheets! And all that by just one click of my mouse! I really enjoy reading all the exercises. There are so many, I don't even know if I can use them all in just one life time of teaching! I wish you all the best and hope you continue working like this, because I think many people will be really happy with it!"
* Great to hear from you. Thanks! *
"I just want to thank you for your wonderful site! I am teaching Congolese adults who have had to flee to South Africa from their own country, often empty handed. I don't charge for the lessons. I have really battled to find a course to follow as all the local course material is not suitable for my students at all. I was spending hours on the internet looking for material each week, but since finding your material I feel as though a huge burden has been lifted off my shoulders. I can't thank you enough!"
* That's great to hear! Good luck with your courses! *
"I am very much impressed to see this website. I am a language teacher in Sri Lanka and I teach the rural children and youth, and I am charging a very nominal fee from them just to cover the cost. I need your permission to conduct Banana Talk a Lot courses to my students and to issue certificates. It will be a great opportunity to my learners who are from very poor background. I will send the details about my institution once I hear from you."
* Permission granted! *
"I am a masters student, and I am building on WebCT in [a higher education institution], Co. Kerry, Ireland (as a project) a literacy support for a local (free) literacy service. Is it possible to use any of your quizzes? I will of course be citing the usage within the course material and write up references. I think they are brilliant. As a teacher, thanks for this great support area. I teach early school leavers and your site is brilliant for them."
* Permission granted! *
* Well done for adapting the materials! *
"Well, I first of all would like to express my appreciation to English Banana for the good intention distributing English lessons for free. Frankly to tell you that the lessons available in this site is very helpful for many English teachers who are still lack of experience teaching English. I am [A.], an Indonesian, and have read the lessons plan. I find it very interesting to be applied in my class particularly, the speaking lessons. I am now teaching English at an English center located in Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Thank you for English Banana. I hope someday soon I can contribute my lesson plan to this helpful site. I am very glad to have visited you."
* We're so pleased that you find the materials helpful! *
"I am an elementary teacher presently working as a Program Manager for [an education provider] in Denver, Colorado. [The provider] is a federally funded program that provides free after-school tutoring for children on free or reduced lunch attending public schools that have not reached their Adequate Yearly Progress goals.
"I see a great need for ESL curriculum for this program and am pursuing to create a workbook for beginner and low intermediate students. The program will be taught to small groups of students at several schools and the workbooks are free for students. There is no access to CD players or computers so I will only be needing text materials.
"I am impressed with your website and interested in including some of your material."
* Permission granted! *
"I want to take print of all lesson and worksheet to distribute in my village school. I will take just process charge (minimum)."
* Permission granted! *
"I thought I would let you know that all your hard work is going to a good cause. I work as resident services coordinator for a low income housing project near San Francisco. I am teaching English to some people who have never had the chance to receive this kind of opportunity. So thank you on their behalf. You have helped me out a lot."
* We're very happy to be able to help you! *