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What is my approach? First of all, I listen carefully, very carefully. I believe it is important for an excellent job to know precisely what my client wants to accomplish. Understanding this is the prerequisite to giving good advice, guidance, and then, of course, a plan, a kind of strategy to follow to reach these goals. There will be a permanent interaction between my client and myself to monitor the progress, eventually speed up the tempo or, if necessary, slow down. There is no dogma; there is only one main criterion: success.
I am a native German speaker and I teach German online and in person. I use a fun story book series that has been written in German for English native speakers (beginners as well as advanced students) to introduce new vocabulary and grammar. I will add grammar theory and exercises as needed. My teaching style is flexible and your input is very welcome! Don’t hesitate to suggest a topic of your interest. I have covered many varied topics upon request (the news, music, human anatomy,….). I also assist students with their assignments, prepare them for tests and help them improve their grades. I aim to quickly identify what the student is struggling with, and look for alternative ways to explain the topic.
I am an experienced native speaking German tutor who has been teaching students of all ages and levels. I am a certified Montessori Teacher. I believe in gently guiding, supporting, encouraging but also challenging my students. I love to share many fun facts , i.e. hilarious literal translations, as well as cultural and historical background of Germany. This will give my student a well balanced foundation, he /she will really experience the language, get a “real feel” for it! I customize my curriculum to my students needs, wishes and goals. After a few lessons my students can speak easy sentences and phrases in German already, they will understand even more and will use their newly acquired skills continuously. I strongly stress speaking in my native language to my students from an early point on. It is very important to me to make the language learning a pleasant and enjoyable experience! There shall be lots of laughter! However diligent work and great effort is necessary to be successful. It is a fun adventure! Let’s start! I am excited to meet you & share my native language & country with you!
I cater the curriculum to the students skill level and desired goals. Everyone learns differently, and it is my responsibility to accommodate for this. I love to make learning enjoyable for everyone so it is important to recognize a students strengths as well as challenges, and adapt my teaching to create a better experience for the student! I teach many subjects and am used to making a variety of material enjoyable to learn for people of any age!
I can speak four languages, so I understand what it is like to learn a new language which is what makes me an excellent German tutor and teacher. My father is Swiss-German and my mother's ancestors are mostly German. I knew a bit of German growing up but I took German classes in school from ages 12-18 and ended up with an International Baccalaureate certificate in German. I also love German people and culture so come and learn with me, it would be my honor to teach you!