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Welcome to Toronto English School (est. 2012)

My unique teaching method helps Asians get unstuck, overcome low confidence and fix stubborn speaking mistakes by teaching them accurate pronunciation and essential speaking habits so they can become fluent and free to talk to any native speaker, in any social or business situation, without misunderstandings or frustration.

Start your new English journey today!

Yurie's Story and English Journey

When I first started teaching Yurie, she was stuck at an intermediate level and had no idea how to improve because she had already gone to a big language school, hired other tutors and tried studying by herself.

It only took about 40 hours worth of lessons for her to address her weak areas and show improvement. Over the next 200 hours worth of lessons, Yurie continued getting better until she became a very advance English speaker. 

In fact, she didn’t need much coaching after that because she had learned all the necessary tools and strategies to become fluent, but 1 thing held her back: low confidence. In other words, she always focused on her mistakes and thought negatively about her English no matter how much she improved. 

Yurie thought that perfect grammar would give her confidence so she could finally stop feeling nervous or shy, but it doesn’t work like that; confidence doesn’t eliminate our fears but helps us take action despite them.

As I continued to encourage Yurie, she began to challenge her fears by taking action and, each time she did, her confidence grew. Also, she developed a positive mind set by focusing on small daily (English) victories, instead of her mistakes. 

Recently, Yurie acted outside her comfort zone by applying for a bilingual (Japanese/English) position at an international financial company. She was surprised when she got a second interview and even more surprised when she got the job!

Every journey seems difficult at the beginning but don’t let that stop you from taking the first step to achieving your English goals just like Yurie did.

Click the play button below to listen to Yurie.

Yurie wrote,

“I took Joe’s private-one-hour lesson once a week; … there was no wasted time, not even a second. There was plenty of helpful content to learn, like correct pronunciation, how to reduce grammatical mistakes and how to talk smoothly like a native speaker. Also, there were a lot of chances to practice talking.

I was in an advanced class at another ESL school, and I realized in retrospect that I had always misunderstood basic grammar … and common vocabulary. Joe will help you correct your mistakes and give you good study habits, so you don’t have to worry about losing your English skills after returning to Japan.

As other students have said, if I had met Joe earlier, I would have saved myself a lot of wasted money and time at other schools. If you want to improve your English in a short time, I recommended TES.”

私はJoeのプライベートレッスンを週に1回受けていましたが、英語力が伸びたと実感できるのに30時間、つまり30週間(約7か月)かかるということで、早く英語力を伸ばしたかった私はグループレッスンを受けることに決めました。

グループレッスでは、他のクラスメイトのミスや質問から学ぶことができ1秒たりとも無駄な時間はありませんでした。発音の仕方から文法のミスを減らす訓練、ネイティブのようにスムーズに話す方法、会話の時間など内容は盛りだくさんで飽きることはありません。

私は他のESLの学校で上級クラスにいましたが、a,theや三人称単数などの基本的な文法やdifferentやbeautifulなどの小学生単語の発音をずっと誤っていたことに気がつかされました。Joeは日本に帰った後も自分で自分のミスを直せるように指導してくれますので、英語力が下がるという心配もありません。他の生徒さんも言っていますが、もっと早くJoeに会っていたら無駄なお金と時間を、他の学校に費やさずに済んだのにと思っています。短期間で英語力を伸ばしたい人はグループレッスンがおすすめです。

Kohei's Story and English Journey

When I first met Kohei, he felt confident about his speaking abilities and for good reasons:

  • he had an English degree from a Japanese university
  • he continued to study by himself and with tutors after graduating
  • he was living and working in Toronto

However, Kohei was not ready for my unique brand of English-learning, and he quickly realized his English wasn’t nearly as good as he had thought. In fact, there were many important speaking-techniques and areas of pronunciation he had never learned in school or studying by himself.

Kohei became confused and angry, which is a normal reaction when someone takes my lessons for the first time. He didn’t understand why there was so much he had never learned before in his high school, university or other private lessons, and he was angry for having wasted so much time and money studying things that didn’t matter.

Kohei took just under 300 hours of lessons over a year and a half. During that time, he became an advanced speaker, made Canadian friends and improved his IELTS speaking score from a 6 to an 8.

If you’ve tried everything to improve your English but without much success, remember that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Come to TES, and I’ll point you in the right direction just like I did with Kohei!

Click the play button to listen to Kohei.

Kohei wrote,

“Joe’s lesson is arguably the best one in Toronto. The lessons are balanced and improve all areas, like: pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, fluency, etc. Before meeting Joe, I was really impressed with my English ability, but then I met Joe and realized I had a lot of problems with pronunciation, especially R, L, TH, F, V and vowel sounds.

Thanks to Joe, who patiently corrected me each time I made a mistake, I am always surprised at my improved pronunciation every time I speak with foreigners. I had opportunities to talk to other tutors, but the only person who could fix my mistakes was Joe. In fact, I was able to stretch my IELTS speaking score from a 6 to an 8. Without any doubt, I was only able to get this far with Joe’s teaching. If you really want to improve your English, I definitely recommend Joe’s lessons to everyone.”

Joeのレッスンはトロントで間違いなく1番のマンツーマンレッスンです。私は、トロントで約1年半Joeのレッスンを受けました。

初めは、英語での発音にすごく苦しみました。特に、R、L、TH、F、V、母音の発音はうまくできませんでした。しかし、発音を間違えるたびに辛抱強く訂正してくれるJoeのおかげで、今では外国人の方と話すと必ず発音に驚かれます。

最初は他のチューターと話す機会もありましたが、ここまで間違いをしっかりと直してくれるチューターはJoe以外にはいませんでした。また、レッスンは発音、語彙、文法、流暢性、全てを伸ばしてくれるよにバランスよくアクティビティをしてくれます。レベルに合わせて、新しい表現や単語を紹介してくれるので、確実に語彙力も増えていきます。実際に、私はIELTSのスピーキングでは、6.0から8.0まで伸ばすことができました。

語学学校に行かずここまで力をつけられたのは間違いなくJoeのおかげです。初めは自分の英語の力のなさを痛感させられましたが、本当に英語力をつけたいなら間違いなく全員にJoeのレッスンをおすすめします。

Kokoro's Story and English Journey

Kokoro came to Toronto on a working-holiday visa when she was a university student. Like most Japanese people, she went to a big language school where she studied from a standard textbook in large classes of about 15 students. Unfortunately, even though she studied hard, she didn’t notice any improvement and stayed stuck at an intermediate level

After her disappointing results at the language school, she was ready for a change and took my lessons for 10 hours each week. Over the next six or seven months, I targeted her specific pronunciation, listening, grammar and vocabulary problems, and helped her build strong English-speaking habits.

She returned to Japan as a confident and advanced English speaker. In fact, she even began teaching English, while going to university, and had three regular clients before starting her full-time job after graduation.

She now works at an international ship-building business where she uses English every day to support the company’s European and Asian clients.

It has been five years since Kokoro went back to Japan, and I’m proud to say we are still in touch and her English has continued to improve to a near fluent level. 

Studying the right things in the right way creates breakthrough moments and great results. On the other hand, studying the wrong things or the right things in the wrong way will cause you to stay stuck, no matter how hard you study!

Click the play button to listen to Kokoro.

Kokoro wrote,

“Joe was the best teacher. I’m really lucky to have come to Toronto, so I could study English with Joe. I didn’t feel my English improving at my first language school, so I started studying with Joe hoping to learn more. Joe is kind, but he is really strict about pronunciation.

Thanks to Joe’s enthusiastic teaching, my English has really improved. Now I can speak English with confidence. My listening has grown dramatically too. If you want to learn real English, I recommend taking Joe’s class!!”

ジョーは最高の先生でした。トロントに留学に来ている人は本当に幸運だと思います。ぜひジョーと英語を勉強してみてください。
私は語学学校に自分の英語の伸びを感じず、藁にもすがる思いでジョーと勉強を始めました。ジョーは優しいですが、発音に関しては本当に厳しいです。でもジョーの熱心な教え方のおかげで、私の英語力は本当に伸びました。
今では自信をもって英語を話せます。リスニングも飛躍的に伸びました。本当の英語を学びたい方は、ジョーの授業を受けることをオススメします!!

More Kind Words from TES Clients

*All reviews have been translated and edited from each client’s first language.

TES Online Courses

The Ultimate Fluency Study Guide (UFSG)

Whether you prefer the self-guided version or want full support – with 1:1 private coaching on Zoom, email access and Q&A sections – the UFSG has everything you need to become fluent and make your English dreams come true!

The UFSG includes 62 instructional videos, 51 text lessons, 48 speaking practices and 5500+ audio clips. 

200 Minutes of 1:1 Private Coaching on Zoom

If you just want 1:1 coaching on Zoom without committing to a course, you can get 200 minutes to help you practice effective speaking, get constant corrections, ensure forward movement and target your specific needs. 

Each session is 40 minutes long and can be booked through a convenient calendar portal from Monday – Saturday.

IELTS Assist: General or Academic Strategies

This self-guided course helps English learners overcome test anxiety, bad organization and weak English by teaching them key strategies and writing templates so they can realize their personal and professional goals by getting a high IELTS score.

1:1 Zoom coaching is also available, for an extra fee, if you want writing feedback or to practice the speaking section.

Self-guided Mini-courses

Choose from four self-guided courses to improve your English.

  1. Basic Grammar Habits: Talk Your Way to Great Grammar
  2. Vowel Power: Overcome the 7 Most Difficult Sounds
  3. Consonant Confidence: Solve the 12 Most Common Problems
  4. Word Linking: Talk Smoothly like Native Speakers

Make Your English Take Off!

TES takes a different approach to teaching spoken English that creates powerful breakthrough moments, forward movement and noticeable results by targeting and solving the biggest problems that make Asians stuck and feel frustrated.

After studying with TES, you will feel like a different person! You will be able to unlock your English potential and communicate clearly so you can talk confidently with native speakers, make new friends and achieve your professional goals.

Start your new English journey today by scheduling a FREE trial lesson.

More Kind Words from TES Clients

*All reviews have been translated and edited from each client’s first language.

Customized Lessons for Asians

What’s the point of learning things you’ll never use in conversation? The TES approach is tailored for Asians so they can get faster results without wasting time or money.

Whether you’re returning to college or you’re in a demanding career as a manager, doctor, researcher, nurse, engineer, etc., TES can help you overcome inadequate speaking, poor listening and confusing cultural differences by teaching you essential speaking techniques, overlooked concepts and high-priority English so you can …

  1. Network and develop strong business relationships
  2. Communicate easily and confidently with colleagues and clients
  3. Advance your career and enjoy your time living in North America

24/7 Full Support

If you struggle with English or the course content in any way, help is just a click away at any time of the day!

Wherever you are in the world, feel free to email your questions to us at info@torontoenglishschool.com or post them in the course Q&A sections.

Of course, you can also ask us whatever you like during one of your 1:1 40-minute coaching sessions on Zoom. Schedule one or more lessons per week or as needed. Availability is as follows:

  • Mon, Tues & Wed: 8:00am – 8:30pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Friday: 8:00am – 3:30pm 
  • Saturday: 8:00am – 11:30am

TES Online Courses

For over 12 years, TES has freed Asians from their stubborn speaking mistakes and changed their lives by transforming their English. In fact, we have pinpointed and mapped every specific problem that Asians experience, so we already know what possible problems you may have and how to fix them permanently. For more details, click on our course descriptions.

1. The Ultimate Fluency Study Guide

7 detailed modules,
including: 51 text lessons,  62 instructional videos, 48 speaking practices, 5500+ audio clips, 1:1 coaching on Zoom and more.

2. 400 Minutes of 1:1 Coaching

Buy as many additional  coaching sessions as you need in blocks of 400 minutes. Book between Monday & Saturday.

3. IELTS Assist: General / Academic

Helps English learners overcome test anxiety, weak English & disorganization by teaching them key strategies & time-saving templates so they can succeed.

Customized Lessons for Asians

What’s the point of learning things you’ll never use in conversation? The TES approach is tailored for Asians so they can get faster results without wasting time or money.

For over 12 years, TES has freed Asians from their stubborn speaking mistakes and changed their lives by transforming their English. In fact, we have pinpointed and mapped every specific problem that Asians experience, so we already know what possible problems you may have and how to fix them.

Whether you’re returning to college or you’re in a demanding career as a manager, doctor, researcher, nurse, engineer, etc., TES can help you overcome inadequate speaking, poor listening and confusing cultural differences by teaching you essential speaking techniques, overlooked concepts and high-priority English so you can …

  1. Network and develop strong business relationships
  2. Communicate confidently and easily with colleagues and clients
  3. Advance your career and enjoy your life in North America

24/7 Full Support

If you struggle with English or the course content in any way, help is just a click away at any time of the day!

Wherever you are in the world, feel free to email your questions to us at info@torontoenglishschool.com or post them in the course Q&A sections.

Of course, you can also ask us whatever you like during one of your 1:1 coaching sessions on Zoom where you’ll learn to practice speaking effectively, get constant corrections, ensure forward movement and target your specific needs.

40-minute coaching sessions can be booked up to 30 days in advance through the in-course calendar portal. Schedule one or more lessons per week or as you need them. Availability is as follows:

  • Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 8:00am – 8:30pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Friday: 8:00am – 3:30pm
  • Saturday: 8:00am – 11:30am

TES Online Courses

1. The Ultimate Fluency Study Guide

7 detailed modules, including: 51 text lessons, 62 instructional videos, 48 speaking practices, 5500+ audio clips, 1:1 Zoom coaching and more.

2. 400 Minutes of 1:1 Coaching

Buy as many additional coaching sessions as you need in blocks of 400 minutes. Book between Monday & Saturday from mornings to evenings.

3. IELTS Assist: General/ Academic

Helps English learners overcome test anxiety, weak English & disorganization by teaching them key strategies & time-saving templates so they can succeed.

Focus on Output

Have you ever noticed that you never think about grammar when talking in your 1st language? Why are 5-year-old native speakers more fluent than many English-learners even though they don’t understand grammar?

There’s a huge difference between understanding grammar and using it automatically, which is why you may understand articles and plurals, but you still “forget” to use them in conversation.

To become fluent, you must build automatic English-speaking habits by learning accurate pronunciation, talking a lot, getting your mistakes corrected as they happen and targeting your weak areas with repetitive speaking practices.

Customized Lessons for Asians

What’s the point of learning things you’ll never use in conversation?

Do you want to be good at grammar and writing but bad at speaking and listening?

The TES pronunciation approach was made for Asians so they can get great results without wasting time or money.

For over 12 years, TES has freed Asians from their stubborn speaking mistakes and changed their lives by improving their English confidence. In fact, I have discovered every specific speaking problem that Asians experience, so I already know your English struggles and frustrations before meeting you, and I know how to fix them.

All Professions Are Welcome

Whether you’re returning to college or you’re in a demanding career as an executive, manager, doctor, researcher, nurse, chef, engineer, massage therapist, teacher, etc., TES can help you overcome inadequate speaking, poor listening and low confidence by teaching you essential speaking techniques, accurate pronunciation and high-priority English so you can …

  1. Network and develop strong business relationships

  2. Communicate easily and confidently with colleagues and clients

  3. Advance your career and enjoy your time living in North America

Focus on Output

Why do very young children speak fluently even though they don’t understand grammar? Have you ever noticed that you never think about grammar when talking in your 1st language? 

There’s a huge difference between understanding grammar and using it automatically, which is why you may understand things like articles and plurals, but you still “forget” to use them in conversation.

To become fluent, you must build strong speaking habits by getting your mistakes corrected as they happen, focusing on pronunciation and targeting your weak areas with a lot of talking practice.

The TES Staff

Imagine what would happen if you could find an expert teacher to finally solve your speaking problems and fix your stubborn mistakes.

Imagine getting customized strategies for your specific needs instead of studying from a standard textbook or online videos.

Imagine no more wasted time on uncommon English that you’ll never use in conversation but only learning what you need to know to improve quickly and easily.

Imagine never having to translate in your mind before speaking or having to say something more than once, but talking naturally and being understood every time.

Toronto English School will patiently guide you from self-doubt and frustration to confidence and English fluency!

Hi! I’m Joseph.

  • TES founder, course creator and teacher
  • Certified teacher with a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto
  • 12+ years experience successfully teaching spoken English to Asian adults
  • Helped countless clients get unstuck while greatly improving their speaking, pronunciation and confidence
  • Patient, professional and makes English easy to understand
  • Loves to inspire students and help them realize their potential
  • Enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, healthy living and making cuff links

You may have strong doubts about TES. You’re probably thinking it’s impossible that a small school, like TES, can help me when nobody else can? You may be thinking the TES approach is most likely complicated or expensive?

If my student reviews haven’t conviced you, then there’s only one way to know for sure: schedule a FREE 30-minute trial lesson on Zoom to experience the TES difference and make sure it’s the best approach for you. 

I look forward to meeting you online and feel free to contact me at info@torontoenglishschool.com with any of your questions or call me at 647-887-6755.

Hello! I’m Kit.

  • TES teacher and course co-creator
  • Certified personal trainer and nutritionist
  • 5+ years experience successfully teaching English fluency to Asian adults
  • Helped all her clients get unstuck, learn overlooked speaking techniques and fluency concepts, and solve their English struggles
  • Enthusiastic, friendly and makes learning fun
  • Passionate about building relationships and helping her clients achieve their English-speaking goals
  • Enjoys yoga, health and fitness, cooking, fashion, and sewing

An Important Message from TES

The TES approach to achieving fluency is challenging. Change can be difficult for many to accept, especially when it goes against many long-held beliefs and traditional approaches to learning English. However, if you’re serious about stopping your speaking frustration, getting unstuck and moving towards fluency, then there’s no choice but to try something different, like the TES fluency method.

If you’re ready to become fluent and free, and change your life by changing your English, then join the TES community today by scheduling a FREE 1:1 trial lesson on Zoom or enrolling in an online course.