Annika Orenstein

Annika O.

South Boston, VA
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Completely bilingual German/English speaker with 20+ years experience teaching and tutoring German to students from different cultural backgrounds. The goal is for students to be able to actively use the language and not be afraid to experiment. The focus is on meaningful conversation and reading authentic texts. Classes are creative, fun and held to 95% in the target language.

About Annika O.

My first tutoring experience took place in first grade when I was asked to assist a newly arrived Vietnamese girl with her English. I myself had learned English when I first came to the United States at three years of age and could relate well to some of the issues the newcomer was facing.

A true global nomad, I have lived in Germany, the U.S., Mexico and Russia and have traveled extensively. Starting with English and German, and eventually Spanish, French and Russian, I have been instructing students since 1989 in various countries of a variety of ages in a multitude of informal and formal settings.

In 1990, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies from George Mason University. In 1995, I completed my Masters Degree in Secondary Education/Teaching English as a Second Language. After one year of working in a public school setting, I began teaching privately and on a freelance basis for a number of private companies and language schools, and the government.

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Mo K.
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Annika is very patient and encouraging. She assigned useful exercises and helped me focus on my most common mistakes.

Posted Jan 4, 2020
Joseph
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Annika is a native German who is totally bilingual (English) and can explain complex concepts well in either language. The instruction approach is fast paced but understandable. So far, an excellent experience.

Posted Jan 17, 2017
Joseph
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Annika is a native German who is totally bilingual (English) and can explain complex concepts well in either language. The instruction approach is fast paced but understandable. So far, an excellent experience.

Posted Jan 17, 2017
Brenda
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I'm attempting the impossible - learning a new language! Annika makes the impossible feel possible. She is a really great teacher, has excellent suggestions for how to move forward. I like the text we work from, too. I highly recommend learning a new language from Annika!

Posted Jan 8, 2016

Experience

Foreign Language Instructor & Translator
Jan 2008 - Present

Private

Customized small group and one-on-one language classes in German and Spanish. Also available: ESL, Russian and French.

German Language & Cultural Instructor
Mar 2012 - Apr 2014

Global Language Translations/State Dept

Intensive German instruction for U.S. Diplomats including lesson planning, assessment and curriculum development.

ESL teacher
Jan 2004 - Sep 2006

MELCO Painting

Taught a large class of Spanish-speakers from various countries English as a Second Language as well as job-related English terminology.

Translation Manager & Language Instructor
Nov 1993 - Dec 1996

LanguageOne

Managed translation projects and taught language classes in German, Spanish, ESL and Russian. Student assessment and level evaluation. Completed translations. Headed and developed curriculum for the German department.

Education

Masters Secondary Education & Teaching ESL
Jan 1993 - Jun 1996

George Mason University

Translation/Interpreting
Jan 1991 - Jan 1992

Johannes Gutenberg Univ. Mainz, Germany

Russian Area Studies
Aug 1987 - May 1990

George Mason University

French Language
Jul 1981 - Jun 1987

Coppernicus Gymnasium/Albert Schweizer Gymnasium, Germany

Spanish Language
Aug 1977 - Jun 1981

Alexander von Humboldt, Mexico DF

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

German

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Russian

Professional Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Jun 1996

George Mason University

Teaching Certification for the State of Virginia

Awards

Excellence in Teaching
May 2014

Foreign Service Institute, US Department of State

Affiliations

Golden Key International Honor Society
Jul 1989
Golden Key is the world's largest collegiate honor society. Membership into the Society is by invitation only and applies to the top 15% of college and university sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as top-performing graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on their academic achievements. As an international honor society with more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world, Golden Key is committed to a high standard of scholastic achievement, and an ethos of integrity, innovation, respect, collaboration and diversity

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