Отзывы наших студентов
(2008-2009 учебный год, 1 семестр)
Костромская обл., г.Волгореченск
Dear creators of the Bensons courses!
First of all I would like to thank you for such a magnificent English course! It is probably the
best way of learning English I have ever dealt with. Using modern technologies, the Internet in
particular, you've combined the efficiency, comfort and pleasure, which is especially important for us,
teenagers! Look, it's really much more interesting - to listen to a virtual book, to look through the
pictures, let alone role-play! I can say I quite like all the technical ideas.
In autumn, when I decided to take up this course, I didn't expect it to be SO interesting and
original! You've made quite a unique thing, I must admit! It's fantastic - you learn English listening to
a book, to a very interesting book! The story is pretty exciting and touching, listening to some episodes
I was about to cry, you know! And the music:it fitted the plot perfectly, and I got a real pleasure
listening to all the melodies. As far as the plot is concerned, I am very happy with it - the events
always kept me in tension: what will happen next? Who is to blame for all the misfortunes of Bensons?
Arnold? Or someone else?.. You know, I adore the feeling when you are anxious and curious to find
out something about the following events! But you should be strict to yourself and not to listen to next
parts earlier that it is needed. Of course, I was delighted with the ending - everything was surprising,
but all the things became clear.
The illustrations to the story were also very interesting and beautiful, even my mum liked it ;)
the artists are very talented; they could get the thoughts and feelings of the heroes across.
Of course, this course gives the students very good command of English: the vocabulary is
rather big and gives both colloquial variants of speech and a plenty of specific lexicon (I mean some
words and phrases of law speech). To my mind, the system of tests is also good: we are given an
opportunity to check ourselves and not for once. Listening comprehension is a pleasure: you may listen
to the recordings for several times if you need it. So, I guess your course has more benefits that
disadvantages. The only one thing that made me feel a bit uncomfortable - the schedule of work is
very strict and pressed. Sometimes I had not enough time to finish my work.
However, I'm very glad that I took up "Bensons" - the course has given me wonderful
possibilities to learn more about English culture, to fill some gaps in my knowledge of English
grammar and just to spend my time with great pleasure and benefit! Of course I can't help mentioning
my tutor - Julia Leonidovna, it was very nice and funny to talk with her on Skype! I'm very pleased
with my teacher!
In conclusion I'd like to say that you've made a great thing for English learners! I will advertise
it to all my friends who want to study English!
Thank you very much once more!!
I can hear the final sounds of the narrator's voice. And this familiar music: How
difficult it is for me to say goodbye to Peter and his family, also to Arnold. I didn't believe him
during the whole story, but he turned out to be a very nice man. Moreover he seemed to help
Peter, though I had thought in a different way. It is really a fantastic story about the Bensons!
Nevertheless, I'd like to speak about those who created this course!
Thank you so much! I have never had such a big pleasure in learning English! Your
course includes everything!
Firstly I have learnt to write articles and detective stories, to express my opinion, to use
English to express it. In school I can't do all these things.
Secondly, my spoken English has become better, than it was before the course - thanks to
Julia Leonidovna (my tutor). She is the best teacher of English I have ever had in my life! She is
kind and can explain everything that I don't understand. Also, I'd like to say hello to Tony from
the UK - he is an excellent person and friend! I hope to see you later in the future! Moreover, I
have learnt a lot of things that can be used in the spoken English. They are idioms and catch
phrases. These days I am trying to use them in my speech at school and so my teacher is often
Then, I have reached a great success with my Grammar. The course makes us learn the
rules of English and controls the results. And, I think, it is a very comfortable way to learn
English! The course has really helped me anyway!
Nevertheless, there were some negative things in the course. It's a pity that the official
forum was locked for a long time, but recently I decided to enter the forum and found that it
began to work, though I entered it several times during the course... I was shocked, of course...
And I had to write articles and answers to the questions for the whole evening, although I could
have written them all earlier. But I understand that the system must have gone wrong...
To sum up, thank you very much! I'll never forget the time of the course! I got a lot of
friends and experience! I'd like to communicate with them in the future.
I've never come across such a kind of studies, although the teachers in my school have
always been very inventive. It's been a pleasure to study this course. The story combines both
exciting plot and emotional narration. I was eager to hear every following episode.
I've already mentioned that I liked the story itself and the way it's been told. I also
enjoyed the texts about the life in Great Britain -- "Cultural Studies". I've learned a lot of
information which has strengthened my opinion that British life differs a lot from ours.
The hardest part of the course (for me) was a large number of assignments and forum
tasks. Sometimes it's very difficult to express your knotty thoughts in the native language, to say
nothing of doing the same in English! But this sort of activity has improved my English most of
all, I think. It requires plenty of time and patience but it always gives you a lot of benefit and
skills in return.
I can't see any serious disadvantages of the course, which would have spoiled the whole
process. It was a pity that Cultural studies appeared more and more seldom and finally
disappeared. These texts have been real adornments of every module. Cultural Studies in the last
episodes could have been devoted to criminality in Britain and to British police entirely, for
I also have had difficulty with tasks in which I had to fill in the gaps with correct words.
When I couldn't find an appropriate word or expression, there was no possibility to learn the
Except for these little cavils, the course is a happy choice for everybody. I'd like to thank
all the people, who have created the course and who maintain it.
I liked the course very much. The story of Bensons family is exciting and thrilling. During this
course I, myself, became a member of this family. Grammar drills were sometimes very difficult
and sometimes just like normal exercises. Practicing my skills in grammar in this course helped
me very much, I learned much new. I liked the system that when you press the button "get
results" the window with your results doesn't close and you can do those exercises that you've
done incorrectly again and not the whole test. But it wasn't so in the REVISION tests, where the
window with the results changed the window with test and doing the test once again takes too
much time. The system of writing assignments is also very helpful, because it's a creative task
and it develops the skills in writing essays before our state exam, where the 4th part is writing.
Also there were exercises "cultural studies" which were very informative and helpful, but they
were too few (about 10 or lesser). I copied all these texts to my computer but I wish there were
much more texts. The story of Bensons is very exciting, as I've said, it is divided into episodes
which are almost of the same length, but what I didn't like was the quantity of the last episodes:
three-four parts in each! Some modules were opening and closing during the week and that was
really difficult. But the majority of the episodes were opened at the weekends. I think that the
greatest part of the course was the on-line discussions with tutor. One problem is that I have a
very bad quality of internet connection, so sometimes it was difficult to hear and to be heard.