Success Stories

I have been working with Barney Griffiths for several years now. Working with him has helped me to develop self-awareness about different ways in which I could improve my students’ learning process. While the focus was a good and effective use of English language when teaching, his coaching sessions include a variety of aspects: task design (from simple to more sophisticated), class dynamics, dealing with students, criteria for assessment and critical revision of pedagogical materials. No doubt, the quality of his job as a coach has been a key element in achieving successful results both in terms of engaging learning processes and students fulfilling their learning objectives.

Dr. Daniel Benito

Professor of Accounting and Finance

ESADE Business School

Barney Griffiths has been my English coach and academic article translator for many years, and I am happy to acknowledge that he has contributed greatly to my achievements in the form of academic articles published in magazines of the highest rank in the JCR and Scopus and also in my English classes at the Bachelor’s and Master’s level in the Faculty of Tourism at the University of Girona and other European Universities (Matej Bel in Slovakia, Savonia in Finland, Jagellonski in Poland and Ravensburg in Germany). I would emphasize that none of the academic journals that I have sent articles to with his translation from Catalan into academic English have ever queried the language. And as a coach who has helped me develop my skills in order to teach my classes in English, he has always found the right words to give me confidence, while offering me guidelines to improve my communication, also autonomously.

Dr. Lluís Mundet i Cerdan

Professor of Tourism

University of Girona

I attended a Teaching in English course for university professors designed and run by Barney Griffiths several years ago and I highly recommend it. It gave me great insight into the impression I make when I teach and boosted my confidence teaching my subject to international students.

Dr. Carme Montserrat

Professor of Psychology, Quality of Life Institute

University of Girona

I am pleased to say I have been able to count on the excellent professional services provided by Barney Griffiths for some years now. I do not hesitate to recommend him.

Dr. Bernat-Carles Serdà

Professor of Anatomy and Physiology

University of Girona

For many years now, Barney has helped me with the writing of my articles. More than help, he constitutes my voice to be able to transmit the analysis and results of the research I carry out in English.

Dr. Pilar Albertín Carbó

Professor of Criminal Psychology

University of Girona

I have been working with Barney Griffiths for several years now on different aspects of academic activity such as the use of English language for teaching and English language revision/translation of research works for publishing in top academic journals. No doubt, the quality of his job has been a key element in achieving successful results both in terms of students’ teaching and learning, and publishing objectives.

Dr. Nela Filimon

Professor of Marketing and Serra Húnter Fellow

Universitat de Girona

I have been using the services of Barney Griffiths to translate and review my academic work in English for several years. It has always been very easy to work with him, and very effective. It has also helped me better understand English expressions and provided me with various translation resources. Additionally, apart from translating my work, he has helped me improve them: he has often made me notice relevant aspects to improve my original text, which I had overlooked or were unclear. Some of my articles have appeared in English in volumes published by prestigious academic publishing houses, such as Peter Lang and Aracne Editrice.

Dr. Francesc Montero

Professor at the Institute of Catalan Language and Culture

University of Girona

I met Barney Griffiths in 2013, when I took a course entitled ‘Teaching in English’ at the University of Girona. As a student, I appreciated his advice, his British humour, and how he focused on the importance of good pronunciation when we communicate our ideas in English. I have no doubts about recommending Barney as a communication coach.

Dr. Joan Saldaña

Professor of Applied Mathematics

University of Girona

My colleagues at the University of Girona talked to me about Barney Griffiths and the excellent service he had provided as a translator, so I contacted him. The result was fully satisfactory. My article was not easy to translate because it was full of technicalities and words that were very typical of a society of a thousand years ago, and this had to be translated into the corresponding modern English. The relationship that Mr. Griffiths and I established by email, commenting on issues, clarifying meanings and resolving doubts was rich, diligent and profitable. I highly value Mr Griffiths’ linguistic knowledge, his willingness to dialogue with authors and his ability to enter into the subject matter and the discourse of the text to be translated, even if the subject is unknown to him beforehand. I therefore do not hesitate to recommend his services as a translator.

Dr. Josep Maria Salrach Marès

Professor at the Institute for Educational Research

Autonomous University of Barcelona

I am a native Spanish speaker but in the last few years most of my teaching has been in English with an international group of students. Barney has worked with me as a coach and he has helped to increase the quality not only of my English communication but the overall class experience. For anyone who has a good command of English but is not a native English speaker, Barney helps to detect how to improve the way you communicate with students, not only much more accurately, but also making it much more appealing for an international audience. For me, the best thing about working with him is that he not only concentrates on language, he has a wider approach and his feedback includes students’ attitude, your non-verbal communication, the class structure, basically helping you to build a richer learning experience for your students. I have no doubt that my classes are better as a consequence of working with him. I strongly recommend professors who are passionate about teaching and need some coach for teaching in English to work with him. A great experience.

Anonymous

Professor

ESADE Business School

I have studied English with many teachers but the sessions I have had with Barney Griffiths are the ones that helped me to improve most. Sessions are dynamic and engaging, but at the same time extremely effective: Barney has the ability to focus on oral and written corrections in crucial aspects of language.

Dr. Lluís To Figueras

Full Professor of History and Art History

University of Girona

Barney Griffiths has translated or corrected numerous articles, presentations at congresses and projects prepared by our research group. Barney is very sensitive to the concerns of historians to find those terms and expressions that fit the historical context and collaborates closely with the authors to produce texts that meet this objective. The quality of his work has undoubtedly contributed to the international diffusion of our research.

Dr. Rosa Congost & Dr. Rosa Ros

Full Professor of History and Art History & Professor of Economic History

University of Girona

I had the good fortune to meet Barney Griffiths on a course in academic English for lecturers at the UdG some years ago, and since then I have not hesitated to seek his professional help whenever I have been able to. His review of my Spanglish in scientific articles, quick and thorough, has allowed me to publish much more easily due to the improved quality of the writing.

Dr. Ignasi Rodriguez-Roda

Full Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Girona
Director of ICRA Technology and Evaluation Dept.

University of Girona

I have worked with Barney for many years with regard to the translation of articles for publication in indexed academic journals. His professionalism is excellent and it is an authentic privilege to be able to rely on his services.

Dr. Carme Montserrat

Professor of Psychology, Quality of Life Institute

University of Girona

A colleague at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and myself worked with Barney on the English translation of an article in which we presented a qualitative analysis of the jokes narrated within the framework of focus groups. The goal was to conduct a sociological analysis of the types of bonds generated between group participants through the association of different jokes. The translation work was complex; the subject matter required that the translator have a certain degree of familiarization with various disciplines in the social sciences: sociology, psychoanalysis, linguistics, etc. Barney’s work was beyond our expectations: the publishers of the SCOPUS indexed Journal of Humour Research, where the article was published, never mentioned the need to revise any of the translation work. If I need to, I will not hesitate to use the translation services Barney offers again.

Dr. Marc Barbeta Viñas

Professor of Education

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

For two years, I was able to take part in English sessions led by Barney Griffiths. The sessions were very structured and dynamic, which allowed me to learn more easily with the constant help of the coach. For me, it was an enriching experience due to his perseverence and dedication. Our proposed aims for my work were amply achieved.

Anna Mestres

Member of Administration Staff

University of Girona

As a lecturer at the University of Girona I have had the opportunity to learn from the excellent Barney Griffiths as my English language coach. I must emphasize his expertise, skills and pragmatism when it comes learning English for teaching purposes. Not only did our coaching sessions in 2017 and 2018 give me the knowledge and skills to pass the department tests, but I also received his help and support at all times. I am very grateful! Thanks again Barney!

Dr. Rosa Suñer Soler, RN, PhD

Professor of Nursing and Serra Húnter Fellow

University of Girona

I attended a Teaching in English course for university professors designed and run by Barney Griffiths several years ago and I highly recommend it. It gave me great insight into the impression I make when I teach and boosted my confidence teaching my subject to international students.

Anonymous

Professor

University of Girona

Barney provides a different coaching methodology with greater added value: you receive a much more targeted feedback to feel self-sufficient and confident in your professional use of English, above and beyond the usual technical details.

Anonymous

Professor

ESADE Business School

You will be happy to know that I just got my best teaching evaluation ever (6.67 out of 7)!

Anonymous

Professor

ESADE Business School

I have worked with Barney for over 20 years and highly recommend his services as a language teacher trainer and communication coach. In his capacity as the former he has observed and trained a large number of our trainees and teachers to the highest level, always receiving outstanding feedback for his approach. As well as knowing how to communicate content in a unique way, he has the ability to inspire real and lasting change in his trainees.

Duncan Foord

Director

Oxford TEFL

Various research groups I have worked with in recent years have contracted Barney Griffiths to revise texts written in English or translate texts from Spanish and Catalan. His work has always been impeccable; he is always very concerned with detail and always punctual with his deliveries. His revisions incorporate more than pure enhancements of the English, highlighting details that are always relevant to improve or clarify content. Working with him is a pleasure and I can only recommend it.

Dr. Núria Almiron

Professor of Communications

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

I met Barney Griffiths several years ago. He was my English coach, and I thank him for helping me to improve my English and have more self-confidence with the language. Years later, he helped me again as a translator of academic papers. Working with him is like more than having a translator, because Barney always gets involved in the text and finds the best way to express the author’s ideas. It is a pleasure to be able to count on a professional like him.

Dr. Toni Sellas Güell

Professor of Communication and Publicity

University of Girona

Our research group has contracted Barney Griffiths’ services to improve the quality of the articles its members present to English language journals on various occasions. Being able to count on a native speaker who has a command of accounting and economic terms has guaranteed the highest quality in the work presented.

Dr. Joan Carles Ferrer & Dr. Maria Àngels Farreras, codirectors

Research group on Accounting and Mathematics for the Economy and Enterprise

University of Girona

Working several years with Barney has helped me to improve my English for teaching. His coaching sessions include criteria to practice self-assessment. I have no doubt that the quality of his work as a coach has been a key element in my achieving successful results and fulfilling my personal learning objectives. I fully recommend working with Barney to improve your academic English.

Dr. Jaume Hugas

Professor of Operations, Information Systems and Data Sciences

ESADE Business School

Barney has proofread many of my academic articles and is the best option for me. It is not only about improving the article quality, but also about telling you the reasons for critical corrections, and discussing alternatives in order to make sure that the original meaning is preserved and technical jargon is used accurately.

Dr. Germà Coenders Gallart

Full Professor of Business Economics

University of Girona

Barney Griffiths has reviewed and translated my research articles on several occasions. Apart from his professionalism, I appreciate his way of working and flexibility. He always made everything very easy.

Dr. Sílvia Llach

Professor at the Institute for Educational Research

University of Girona

As researchers for the UdG’s 'Language and Cognition' Research Group, we have worked with Barney Griffiths for a long time. He revises or translates our academic articles into English from Spanish or Catalan and his work for us has always been more than correct. We would especially point out that Barney maintains continuous interaction with his clients in order to ensure the precise meaning of the text is expressed in view of possible different interpretations.

Anonymous

Language and Cognition Research Group

University of Girona

Barney Griffiths’ coaching has helped my teaching in the following areas: time management (projecting time needed to do tasks); grading; efficiency in planning; having confidence in my own knowledge and skills; designing small tasks - suggestions for how to implement effective short tasks and activities in the classroom; giving clear instructions and examples or models for tasks; and making students do the work while I act as a consultant expert, in line with the blended learning and flipped classroom approaches. I now have the confidence to step back and allow students to debate. His advice on how to evaluate SS and give feedback has also been very helpful.

Anonymous

Professor

ESADE

I worked with Barney Griffiths to improve my spoken English at the University of Girona many years ago, and I’m very glad I did. He was very patient and always gave us useful online resources to work with.

Anonymous

Professor

University of Girona

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