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About The Boston School
The Boston School GmbH is an English language school founded by Boston USA native, Rose Nassif Travers, in 2000 in Zurich, Switzerland.
It began with a handful of people in Rose’s living room and soon developed into a service teaching business professionals at company locations. More recently, Rose started offering intensive 1-to-1 IELTS test preparation courses, and small group business English classes online using Zoom and MS Teams. She also enjoys assisting individual apprentices and Gymnasium students improve their English at their homes or online.
Rose continues to provide quality proofreading and editing services for university theses. Her reliable and effective work ensures that research accomplishments can be communicated and valued without any distraction.
Another recent change is how her husband and company partner, Andrew, is expanding his role at the school. Supporting The Boston School with his management experience and web design skills since 2004, he has become more involved in the teaching side of the business. Now offering online lessons, webinars and podcasts which challenge advanced and proficiency level students who wish to learn about contract law, financial instruments such as Bitcoin, future technologies and various other technically-oriented subjects, Andrew and his network bring a valuable “real-life” challenge to the mix.
Be sure to visit the Zurich Networking Group to learn more about Andrew’s community of Swiss and non-Swiss English-speaking locals which has been running for more than 10 years.
Just as each student is unique, so is each teacher.
What makes Rose different from other teachers?
Rose will treat you – no matter what age you may be – as a partner and with respect. She wants to understand your particular situation to make lessons that you find engaging to keep you motivated.
Rose sees your inner potential and relies on the fact that she can draw it out from you. She’ll do this at a pace that’s right for you: sometimes as quick as lightning – other times, more slowly to allow room for life’s other priorities.
What experience does Rose have in learning languages?
At the age of 12, she had her first French lesson in school and later at age 20, she gained fluency by studying French at the University of Grenoble.
At the age of 28 she began working in Geneva using her French skills. Four years later, she moved to Zurich with practically no knowledge of German. Today she can express herself in German and understand basic Swiss German conversations, picked up mostly by trial and error, rather than through a formal education.
What business experience does Rose bring to her lessons?
Rose has over 25 years of experience teaching English to people of all ages and levels. Her experience working in several companies and industries both in the US and Switzerland prior to becoming a teacher is demonstrated through her realistically designed role plays and discussions.
Experience in the performing arts which led to singing, dancing and acting on stage in front of hundreds of people at a young age, helps her to support shy students come out of their shell.
Her work as a professional training material writer is a solid foundation when guiding students to perfect their writing quality.
What teaching qualifications does Rose have?
Rose graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Boston University, earned her Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, a Certificate in E-Moderation (for online teaching) and the SVEB 1, the Swiss federal recognized certificate for teaching adults.
Rose has also been an active volunteer of ETAS, English Teaching Association of Switzerland for nearly 10 years which promotes ongoing teacher development. She currently sits on the Executive Committee as Public Relations Chair.
Self-motivation combined with expert guidance makes a winning combination
What makes Andrew different from other language trainers?
It’s hard to miss Andrew’s passion for the latest technology, international news and his knowledge about business and European history. His passions are reflected in his storytelling that work as a model for students to enrich and develop their presentation and conversational skills.
Andrew challenges advanced level students to expand their listening and reading comprehension, and has a provocative, unconventional style that captures learners’ attention.
His authentic British accent and humor make his sessions not only about language but culture, too.
What career experience does Andrew bring to his sessions?
Andrew, who mainly works as an executive recruiter in the field of engineering, started his career in the banking industry, managing and motivating a team of sales managers which later led to working in selling hotel technology, where his love for IT and engineering could be explored.
On coming to Zurich, he soon started his own recruitment company after receiving excellent training and building up success while working for an international recruitment group.
When you are contemplating career changes, Andrew is there to lend his expertise by asking the right questions to prepare next steps to action.
What drives Andrew?
Andrew is driven by the attainment of knowledge and sharing it with others. He is the ultimate independent learner when it comes to anything related to marketing on the Internet and enjoys creating valuable connections with people to further their careers.
If it’s too simple, make it complicated! (His British sense of humour)
Your Goals. Our Values
We believe in supporting you to the best of our capabilities
- Gain confidence
- Improve fluency
- Develop vocabulary and grammar knowledge
- Never give up
- Become an independent learner
- Believe in our students’ potential
- Encourage student cooperation
- Make lessons relevant and interactive
- Provide expertise
- Respect and motivate our students
Meet Some Past and Present Clients
Some great companies and their staff
Long established in the Zurich area, The Boston School has provided lessons in a variety of towns across Switzerland.
It has also meant we have helped staff in different business sectors from banking and chemicals to precision parts and sanitaryware wholesaling.