Testimonials

<span>Linguist & ELT Theoretician, The New School</span>
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Mr Abuyusuf attended a workshop on the teaching of grammar which I gave at the British Council in Cairo in January 2013: this was the first time I had had the privilege of meeting him. It was clear from the outset that he was an enthusiastic, highly motivated teacher and teacher trainer, as he participated actively in the workshop, and contributed constructively to the discussions, with a level of English that is truly impressive. We maintained contact subsequently, and he invited me to visit his website and blog, where my impression of him as a skilled and innovative professional was further confirmed. His lesson and workshop descriptions, and his reflections on them, indicate not only an abiding love of teaching but an alert and inquiring mind, ever ready to investigate, and share, new avenues of experimentation. Since that time he has embarked on an MA TESOL program at the University of Leicester, as well as a DELTA course, testimony to his strong committment to the field, and has also undertaken induction into teacher training under the umbrella of the Trinity College teacher education schemes. I recently had the opportunity of sharing his relfections on his ongoing professional development when he visited Spain, and, as always, I was impressed by the breadth of his experience and the strength of his aspirations. I not only whole-heartedly recommend him, but I am convinced he will contribute a great deal to the quality of the program: he has an obvious gift for teaching, and, more than that, is clearly a generous, broad-minded and hardworking individual.

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Professor Scott Thornbury Linguist & ELT Theoretician, The New School
<span>Ex-director of the British Council in the Sudan, Alexandria, the Yemen, Brunei and Saudi Arabia</span>
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Mr. Shady Abou Youssif has been employed full time for the department for one semester since the beginning of September 2014. Although contracted as an English language teacher at Future University in Egypt, during this short period he has proved himself to be a pillar of support to the department. For example, on his own initiative he devised a computer-based English language level placement test and has introduced other teaching initiatives. He has excellent working relations with all colleagues in our team and he is what I call a natural leader. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to any academic institution.

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John Semple Ex-director of the British Council in the Sudan, Alexandria, the Yemen, Brunei and Saudi Arabia
<span>MScTEFLA, Teacher Trainer, PSL Cambridge ESOL CELTA DELTA Assessor & ICELT Moderator</span>
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Shady Abuyusuf was a course participant on the DELTA Module 1 International House (London) course in a group that I have been tutoring and supervising on a daily basis from March 2013 up to the present (June 2013) His dedication to learning was evident in all his work. He obviously has excellent time management skills for every one of the weekly exam assignments met the deadline, even though he was employed in full-time work during the course. Shady always did the required wide reading and research for his assignments, evidenced in an increasingly good analysis of language and a deeper understanding of the principles and beliefs behind communicative teaching. Shady sought and accepted (what one hoped was constructive) criticism, reacting to it positively and more importantly, ensuring that he incorporated the advice and suggestions in his work afterwards. It was a real pleasure supervising and watching his progress from the beginning of the course to the end (The course ended today with the globally held examination itself – June 05th) Based on what I have seen of Shady’s work and on his unfailingly positive attitude, I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending him to any teaching establishment, as it will gain a young, committed professional with a heart.

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Brigid Nugent MScTEFLA, Teacher Trainer, PSL Cambridge ESOL CELTA DELTA Assessor & ICELT Moderator
<span>Educational Management Tutor</span>
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I was Shady’s course tutor for Module 3 of the Cambridge/International House Distance Delta, and was in the privileged position to work with him on his extended assignment for the ELTM option (September to December 2013). As my role was not one of evaluation of content of his work but to align it with the Cambridge requirements, I will focus on how Shady approached this task in my reference. The course involved participants sending their drafts in sections, which I then reviewed to ensure it met with Cambridge guidelines. Throughout the whole process, Shady was timely with his uploads and made good use of the forums to ask questions and clarify points with me as well as his peers. He was supportive to his peers on this platform and it also became clear to me that he was also working well with colleagues in his own language teaching organisation who were also on this course with him. He was quick at recognising what needed to be changed and why, and took the inherent constructive criticism very well (something not easy to do, in my experience, in an online environment where there was little chance to get to know each other first). He also was able to evaluate which changes needed to be made, and which he could keep, thus showing an ability to remain true to his original ideas and opinions. It is difficult to comment on the content as my responsibility to Shady was very much aimed at ensuring he met all of the Cambridge requirements, which sometimes were at odds with where Shady would have liked to have gone with his ideas. However, I can say that he worked very hard on this assignment, and I was particularly impressed with the detail of his action plan for the change he proposed to make to his organisation. This, as well as the thorough research he undertook for the assignment, made it very clear that he has a lot of empathy for his colleagues and is viewed with respect in return. He also shows good awareness of the issues arising in Human Resource Management (his chosen specialty for this ELTM option) and how they can impact on the wider ELT business.

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Jo MacKenzie Educational Management Tutor
<span>Head of the Department of Continuing Education / Future University in Egypt</span>
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I got to know Mr. Shady Abuyusuf in my capacity as Director of Continuing Education at Future University in Egypt (FUE). I had the opportunity to observe and work with Mr. Abuyusuf on two different projects. The first was the development of an electronic placement test for FUE’s teaching assistants and the second was English for Special Purposes. On both assignments, Mr. Abuyusuf’s performance was highly impressive. The online test showed the extent of his resourcefulness and serious dedication to the field., rather than stop at the obstacle that faced him; he took it upon himself and designed an online test which not any English instructor could do. Besides his electronic skills, the test content showed a sound knowledge of test design with a clear understanding of the differences between placement and proficiency-based tests. The second situation I dealt with Mr. Abuyusuf in had to do with the selection of an instructor to teach English for the petroleum Industry course which did not exist as an off-the-shelf course. Mr. Abuyusuf was my first choice to teach the course and he developed a substantial amount of material for customisation to meet the needs of the trainees.

Having known Mr. Abuyusuf for over two years and having dealt with him, I have come to know him well. Next to his resourcefulness, solid pedagogical knowledge and skills as well as dedication, Mr. Abuyusuf has a pleasant personality, is helpful, responsible and reliable as well as highly ambitious when it comes to his career development. He takes his career very seriously and would not miss a single opportunity to learn more and develop himself as a well-rounded English language instructor.

Mr. Abuyusuf has my full recommendation irrespective of whether he is pursuing a further academic degree or a teaching skill development programme.  

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Bahira Samy Head of the Department of Continuing Education / Future University in Egypt
<span>Director of the English Language Department, Future University in Egypt</span>
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I have worked with Shady for nearly two years as his line manager. During this time he has proven to be a very reliable and hard-working individual with many talents.On an academic level, Shady has achieved one of his goals by obtaining the Cambridge DELTA qualification in a very short time. He has continued to strive toward academic excellence by enrolling in a Master’s programme. Professional development has always been foremost in Shady’s list of priorities. He quickly implements the theories he studies. In class, Shady ensures that his teaching strategies include the latest methodologies; for example Shady has used the Dogme method of teaching, whereby he engages his students in the choice of materials they study. This particular form of teaching results in a motivated student who takes control of his/her learning through involvement in the decision making process. Although we use a set course book, the Dogme method can still be incorporated to some degree.Further to his passion toward professional development and his eagerness to share his knowledge, Shady presented an in-house workshop to his peers, as well as to our Cambridge consultant, Dr. Hanan Khalifa. Moreover, he was accepted as a presenter at the Nile-TESOL conference in January 2015. He represented FUE at the conference, and I am proud to say that his workshop was very well received by all of the attendees who flocked to the venue.Shady is always willing to lend a helping hand. As a newcomer to the English Language Department, he quickly stepped in to assist the Department of Continuing Education by designing a ‘placement exam’. This exam has been very successful in accurately placing the students into study levels, and continues to be used by the DCE. Shady continues to serve FUE through the DCE by being instrumental in procuring a recent agreement with SEGAS to provide instructors from FUE to teach English and Engineering to employees in the company. The experience has been so successful, that the company has shown interest in continuing with another programme for Business English.Shady has contributed to FUE’s commitment to the community. As a vital member of the organizing committee of the CDELT Conference at Ein Shams University, he assisted in the planning and organization, which included setting up the website for the conference. He did this entirely on a voluntary basis to ensure adherence to FUE’s employment contract regulations. Yet again, Shady has gone that extra mile to ensure that the TEFL world hears about FUE and the services its staff are willing to provide. He proudly represents us, the English Language Department, at CDELT by having his name and FUE’s included in the conference handbook.On a character level, the only thing I can say about Shady is that he has a great rapport with everyone; managers, peers and students. His attitude is always positive and this is reflected on his demeanor, his work and motivation.I wish Shady the best of luck in all his endeavors.

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Manal El-Kalay Director of the English Language Department, Future University in Egypt
<span>Director of the English Department at the Canadian International College</span>
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The Department of English (DOE) at the Canadian International College (CIC), Cairo campus for the University of Ottawa and the University of Cape Breton, Canada, hereby certifies that Mr. Shady Reda Abuyusuf has designed the computer-based placement tests for the Academic year 2015/16.

Mr. Shady has produced  a first rate English Language assessment tool that met the testing requirements of being valid, reliable and discriminating. The test is also trouble-free administer.

We are glad to admit the creativity of Mr. Shady in developing authentic test items that were within the range of thousands of students who had taken it.

During the design, try out and implementation phases, Mr. Shady proved to be conscience, hardworking and enthusiastic and performed his task to the best of his abilities.

We wish him luck with his future endeavors in the field of English Language teaching and testing and we would not hesitate to recommend other institutions to make use of his invaluable services, skill and expertise.

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Mohsen El-Shimy Director of the English Department at the Canadian International College
<span>Trainer Manager, SEGAS, Union Fenosa</span>
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I, Naser Safa, Training Manager, do hereby recognise Shady R. Abuyusuf for his outstanding commitment, dedication and tireless efforts in teaching English Language Conversation, Arabic for Speakers of Other languages and Engineering English. 

SEGAS Training Centre wish you much success in all of your future endeavors. 

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Naser Safa Trainer Manager, SEGAS, Union Fenosa
<span>Director of the CDELT, Ain Shams University</span>
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In recognition of his unique performance as a TEFL trainer, the Director of the Centre for Developing English Language Teaching (CDELT) at Ain Shams University, Dr. Nagwa Younis, hereby proclaims the utmost gratitude and appreciation to Shady Reda Abuyusuf and further acknowledges of the authenticity and creativity of his strategies and teaching methods.

May he continue to expand his efforts  in TEFL Training to English Language Teachers everywhere.

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Dr. Nagwa Younis Director of the CDELT, Ain Shams University
<span>Chairman of the European Group for Education, Damietta, Egypt</span>
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I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for Mr. Shady Reda Abuyusuf, the Director of the English Department in the European Training Centre and this is for his unique efforts in upgrading the efficiency of the educational process in Damietta governorate. We wish him the best of luck .

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Samy Suliman Chairman of the European Group for Education, Damietta, Egypt
<span>Dean of the Faculty of Science, Damietta University</span>
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I would like to thank Mr. Shady Reda Abuyusuf for his efforts in teaching TOEFL PBT (Paper Based Test) skills to the teaching staff and postgraduates of the Faculty of Science, Damietta University.

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Dr. Ahmed Alsayid Alghobashy Dean of the Faculty of Science, Damietta University
<span>Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Damietta University</span>
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Special thanks for Mr. Shady Reda Abuyusuf in recognition of his wonderful participation in teaching Business English to the faculty students and his unique compuetr-based testing system designed especially for our Management Training Centre during the years 2011 & 2012.

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Dr. Yasser Abdulaziz Samra Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Damietta University
<span>General Manager of the American Language Centre, Damietta, Egypt</span>
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Special thanks for Shady Reda Abuyusuf for his dedicated and professional performance as a teacher trainer and a head of the English Language Department.

 

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Sherief Altanahy General Manager of the American Language Centre, Damietta, Egypt
<span>ESL Instructor, Future University in Egypt</span>
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I had the honor of working with Shady at the Faculty of Commerce, Damietta University for two years. During that period, I developed enormous respect for his dedication to his work. I also became acutely aware of his great knowledge and skills as well as the endless hours he worked in a determination to help both students and colleagues.

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Ahmed Saad ESL Instructor, Future University in Egypt
<span>ESL Instructor, Future University in Egypt</span>
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Shady is always willing to search and investigate the most recent methodologies of teaching and go beyond the conventional classroom. He has also dedicated himself to learning and practicing new teaching strategies. His experiences and the professional development workshops he holds have significantly enriched my teaching style and tens of other teachers as well on a personal and professional level. He has been working in an excellent manner as I peer-observed him on frequent occasions.

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Mahmud Shafik ESL Instructor, Future University in Egypt