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English

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Languages are my passion, and I have been teaching them for over 10 years. Whether you are learning English As A Second Language, or you are a native speaker who just needs some help, I can help you reach your goal. Patient and gentle, I will customize my lessons to fit your learning style, and your needs. We can work with a text you have, or I can suggest books for us to learn from, depending on your level.
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Bettina teaches

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About

Bettina delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:
1992

I lived in Israel for over a decade, and graduated from the University of Jerusalem with degrees in Education and History. I regularly read Torah, chant megillot, and lead services in my synagogue.

I grew up in Sweden, speaking Swedish at home, but going to French school. At age four, I was immersed in a French environment, and had to sink or swim. I swam! In my late teens, my family moved to Israel, so I became fluent in Hebrew as well. I understand a lot about the language acquisition process.

While languages fascinate me, and come easily to me, I understand that that is not the case for everyone. I am very patient, and willing to try different methods in order to succeed. I realize that some people learn best by seeing the materials, while others need to hear them, or even sing them! Others need to move their bodies and engage in kinesthetic learning. I facilitate all these methods.
I have taught all ages, from preschoolers to the elderly. I have taught in schools, preschools, informal educational settings (like summer camps) as well as one-on-one privately.

I’m very flexible with timing, and available as often as you’d like, Sunday to Friday.

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Experience

Education Diirector
Oct 2015 - Jun 2016
Atid After School Learning Program

Directed a synagogue based after school learning program, teaching Hebrew, Bible and Judaics.

Teacher
Sep 2013 - Jun 2014
MetroWest Jewish Day School

Taught modern, conversational Hebrew in Jewish day school, grades 1,2,5,6,7.

Education

B,A, Education and History
Oct 1982 - Jul 1986
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Hebrew
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Swedish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Kolot BiK'dushah
Mar 2002
Women's League for Conservative Judaism

Photos & Videos

I talk about the language acquisition process.
Practising my French in downtown Montreal.

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French conversation in Montreal

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49 Reviews

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Peggy May 22, 2019
French · Online

Bettina helped me to succeed at speaking French with my non-English speaking friends in Paris, on a recent trip to Paris. She helped me realize that I could speak the language again. Bettinas’ style, knowledge, and patience are some of her keys to my success in Paris. I appreciate her effort. I will continue in a manner such that I will not lose this progress. Merci beacoup!

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Elizabeth Apr 18, 2019
Swedish · Online

Fantastic! Very patient with me and excellent teacher!

Peggy P. Apr 13, 2019
French · Online

Re-learning is fun with your system of connecting. As always, Bettina is a tremendous patient instructor.

Kristina B. Apr 8, 2019
French · Online

Bettina has been a great instructor. She is very patient and well organized. We are going through a textbook, and the class time always goes very quickly. I was very intimidated at the thought of taking a French class, but she makes it easy and I don't feel any pressure. Knowing what I know now, I would have signed up two years ago!

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Kasey Mar 18, 2019
Hebrew · Online

Bettina is a wonderful teacher!

Kasey Mar 4, 2019
Hebrew · Online

Very kind and helpful.

Marie-Eve Feb 22, 2019
Swedish · Online

Janna Feb 21, 2019
Hebrew · Online

Holly B. Jan 23, 2019
French · Online

Bettina is so personable, experienced, and patient. She is an excellent French teacher and tailors each lesson to meet my personal language goals.

Peggy P. Jan 10, 2019
French · Online

Wonderful. All of my expectations are met

Arielle S. Jan 4, 2019
Hebrew · Online

My daughter has been taking with Hebrew with Bettina for a few months. She loves her classes and is amazed how fast 30 minutes can go. She is making steady progress and looks forward to her classes each week. Thank you Bettina for teaching my daughter.

Elena Dec 20, 2018
French · Online

With Bettina’s help, I was finally able to pass the oral portion of a language exam required for my Master’s degree. Whether you’re signing up for lessons with a certain goal in mind or you’re simply interested in learning a new language for the fun of it, I believe Bettina has the right attitude toward teaching to make the lessons worth your while.

For me, the most helpful aspect of working on my language skills with Bettina was her willingness to adapt our lessons to my specific needs. This gave me a real say in the pace and content of the lessons. Because I came into our lessons with a bit of prior experience with the language (and with my oral exam in mind), she spent our beginning lessons re-familiarizing me with the language, with a particular focus on helping me perfect my pronunciation. Later lessons were tailored entirely toward subject matter relevant for my oral exam—when I received a guidance document from my university outlining which topics I should be prepared to discuss during the exam, Bettina quickly adapted our lesson plan to include discussions on those specific topics.

It’s definitely also worth mentioning that Bettina is kind and patient in her teaching style, which quickly cured me of any sense of dread I initially had around having to prepare for my exam. Our lessons also cured me of some of the nervousness I have around speaking in French, which was crucial for me.

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Jenny H. Dec 11, 2018
Hebrew · Online

Ms. Bettina has been such a huge help in learning Biblical Hebrew. My journey with Hebrew started as a self-study, but now I'm so grateful for Ms. Bettina's teaching! She is greatly helping me with my understanding and mastery of the Hebrew language. She is very encouraging and good at explaining.

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Julie Nov 22, 2018
French · Online

Maria Oct 13, 2018
French · Online

I've been taking online classes with Bettina for a few months now. She is super competent and professional, really takes an interest in my progress, and sticks to the lesson plan. She answers any questions, or clarifications I may need and sometimes sends helpful links. I really enjoy taking classes with her.

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Arielle S. Sep 23, 2018
Hebrew · Online

My daughter is really enjoying Hebrew lessons with Bettina. Bettina has been able to assess what my daughter already knew from school and fill in the gaps where she had confusion. My daughter looks forward to her lessons every week. Thank you Bettina!

Jo Ann W. Aug 31, 2018
Hebrew · Online

Cat Aug 17, 2018
French · Online

I look forward to my lessons and having great fun!

Janna Jul 22, 2018
Hebrew · Online

Bettina is an amazing teacher! I've been taking lessons with Bettina for 3 months and it's been great. I was a little nervous getting started and wasn't really sure I wanted to take lessons on a computer, but I'm so glad I tried it out! Bettina is not only a talented foreign language teacher, but also very experienced teaching one on one over the computer.
I've tried to learn Hebrew on my own with tons of different programs, but nothing compares to taking a weekly class with a teacher. Having a class scheduled each week means I am finally making steady progress forward! Yea!
Bettina has been extremely easy to work with both with scheduling class times and communicating over emailing during the week. I highly recommend trying lessons with her.

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Mindy May 31, 2018
French · Online

I was worried to take French lessons because I'm a slow learner but Bettina put that all to rest for me on the first lesson. She is very patient and will go at your learning level. You won't be afraid to ask questions, she does a great job making you feel comfortable. I would recommend her to anyone!

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Deborah May 28, 2018
Hebrew · Online

Wyatt Jaffe Apr 25, 2018
French · Online

Anet Apr 25, 2018
Hebrew · Online

j ben Apr 17, 2018
French · Online

Very good with kids.

Jordan Mar 19, 2018
French · Online

First lesson went great-- thank you

Sarah Feb 20, 2018
Hebrew · Online

Laura Feb 20, 2018
Hebrew · Online

A wonderful, patient, helpful and engaging teacher.

Jo Ann W. Feb 13, 2018
Hebrew · Online

I have been studying Hebrew with Bettina for awhile now and find her very , warm pleasant and non judgmental. Which promotes a relaxed learning environment. Since Hebrew is the national language of Israel she will share her own rich experiences from the Israeli culture.
i enjoy learning from all she has to share.
I also find her witty at times!

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David Brouder Jan 30, 2018
Swedish · Online

Ted Jan 17, 2018
Swedish · Online

After another great lesson with Bettina this evening, I am again happy that I am learning at a good pace and getting solid on the basics and useful vocabulary. She is attentive and doesn't over correct me when I struggle with pronunciation. I do enjoy studying the material she chooses. She has lots of experience teaching, I can tell.

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Rebecca M. Jan 7, 2018
French · Online

Bettina is very pleasant. She takes the time to make sure that I am pronouncing the words correctly and that I understand what she is explaining. I appreciate her patience! Off to a great start!

Cat Jan 2, 2018
French · Online

She is making learning a new language easy.
I look forward to my lessons.

Laura Lehrich Jan 2, 2018
Hebrew · Online

Tammie T. Dec 25, 2017
Hebrew · Online

I thoroughly enjoy working with her!!!! :) :)

Ted Porter Nov 29, 2017
Swedish · Online

Third lesson, a consistent delight to work with Bettina because she moves rapidly but pays attention to what is important, and she focuses on that. she's the best!

Ted Porter Nov 15, 2017
Swedish · Online

Very valuable to get the pronunciation right, concurrent with learning the vocabulary. I am excited about theses lessons!

Kayla Oct 17, 2017
Hebrew · Online

Bettina is very sweet and a good teacher, would reccomend her:)
I was unfortunately only able to take 5 lessons (wish I could have had more!) but she helped me learn how to start reading Hebrew, which seemed a very daunting task when I first began. Now I feel like it is not so bad, and I have the tools and confidence to continue.

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Jo Ann W. Oct 3, 2017
Hebrew · Online

Bettina, Is a wonderful teacher, Not only am I learning my Hebrew lessons from her but also Israeli culture, and she shares her experience of living in The Land of Israel. Today I learned the Numerical value of the Hebrew alphabet and when it may be necessary to know it.
Sometimes I get a little anxious learning a new concept because It may take time for me to grasp it, but I find this teacher very patient and non judgemental.

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Sean M. Sep 18, 2017
Swedish · Online

Bettina is excellent. Patient, knowledgable, and personable - I enjoy every lesson thoroughly! I have progressed so well with Bettina teaching me and really appreciate her structured and thoughtful teaching methods.

Jaeyoung Aug 28, 2017
Hebrew · Online

My son is currently learning Hebrew from Bettina. She is very flexible in terms of schedule, quick to respond via email, via TalkLessons. Most importantly, my 9-year-old son is enjoying the lessons.

Jo Ann W. Jul 17, 2017
Hebrew · Online

It was our first class and I found Bettina very pleasant
and able to assess my level of Hebrew.
I feel confident that I will learn well with her.
I like the fact that she recognizes that I may have holes in my knowledge of Hebrew. That is exactly why I wanted a teacher. Had some problems with my audio.
But am hoping to solve the problem before my next class.

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Jennifer M. Jul 16, 2017
Swedish · Online

Ken Jul 6, 2017
Swedish · Online

Bettina is very knowledgeable and friendly, and is a pleasure to learn from.

As she knows four languages, this gives her a perspective that allows her to point out things that are similar across languages and things that are unique to Swedish.

I highly recommend her.

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Tammie T. Jun 20, 2017
Hebrew · Online

Bettina is an amazing instructor and I can never wait for our next lesson!!! I just truly love working with her. She is definitely patient and all around great!!

Tammie T. Jun 5, 2017
Hebrew · Online

Bettina is an incredibly fantastic teacher and I feel so priveledged to be able to work with her and hope to work with her a really long time!!

Tammie T. Apr 9, 2017
Hebrew · Online

I love working with Bettina, She is a great teacher and I feel very comfortable with her. She seems to truly enjoy teaching and truly wants to help me learn. She is very easy to understand and helps with pronunciation which I appreciate so much.

Tammie T. Apr 9, 2017
Hebrew · Online

Bettina is truly an amazing teacher!!! I look forward to seeing her every time!!! Each lesson is wonderfully packed full.

Tammie Apr 9, 2017
Hebrew · Online

Bettina is a phenomenal teacher!!! I look forward to every lesson. She cares about pronunciation and I truly appreciate her working with me. She seems to really enjoy teaching and is very prepared. I feel comfortable to ask her any questions too. I pray that she will work with me for a long time. I recommend her whole-heartedly to anyone.

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Tammie T. Mar 26, 2017
Hebrew · Online

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