Wolfgang Soldan

Wolfgang S.

San Antonio, TX

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Wolfgang teaches: Ages 9 and up
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Teaching since: 1991
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I spent two decades of my professional life teaching English in Germany, authoring and co-authoring textbooks for the English classroom.
During my stay in the US, I had the opportunity to develop curricula for teaching German in public schools as well as private schools and wrote articles in the field of German literature. Undoubtedly, my academic background (MA in German and English and a Ph.D. in the field of education) helps me to provide solid work for my students.

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 give good advice, guidance and then, of course, a plan, a kind of strategy to follow in order to reach these goals.

There is no dogma; there is only one main criterion: success.

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Aug 2015 - May 2016
University of Texas, San Antonio

Teaching German I and German II to students

Instructor of English as a Second Language

Sep 1992 - Aug 2014
University of Texas at Brownsville

Teaching courses of English as a Second Language at all levels

Teacher of German, English, and English as Second Language

Aug 1991 - Jun 2014
Brownsville Independent School District, Texas

Teaching 9th - 12th-grade high school students German 1 - 3, English all levels, ESL all levels.

English Language Arts Specialist at a college preparatory magnet high school

Mar 1975 - Jul 1991
Spezialschule für Fremdsprachen, Berlin (Germany)

English Language Arts Specialist with following assignments:
Developing instructional material for the English classroom, grades 3 - 12 (BA level); research in the field of linguistics; authoring and co-authoring of textbooks of English for the public school system.


Ph.D. in Education

Sep 1996 - Aug 1998
LaSalle University (US)

MA German

Jul 1994 - Aug 1996
University of California, Santa Barbara

MA English/ESL/EFL

Sep 1964 - Jun 1969
Humboldt University Berlin (Germany)

Languages Spoken

English (MA)

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency

German (native speaker; MA)

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


English as a Second Language (grades 6 - 12)

Jun 1996
Texas Education Agency

Lifelong validity to teach English as a Second Language

Secondary German (Grades 6 - 12)

Jul 1994
Texas Education Agency

Lifelong validity to teach German

English (grades 6 - 12)

Mar 1994
Texas Education Agency

Lifelong validity to teach English

Lehrbefähigung Klassen 3 - 13 (Teaching License for grades 3 - 13)

Jun 1991
Senat von Berlin

This is a Teacher Certification issued by the German government, represented by the Federal State of Berlin.


Oberstudienrat (Senior Study Counsel)

May 1989
Magistrat von Berlin (Germany), Abteilung Volksbildung

Studienrat (Study Counsel)

Jun 1986
Magistrat von Berlin (Germany)


American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Sep 1996

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators, students, and administrators.

TESOL International Association

Sep 1993

TESOL International Association’s mission is to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.

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9 Reviews on Wolfgang S.

Carla Oct 18, 2016
German · Online
Wolfgang is an excellent instructor with an enthusiasm for teaching and the language. Highly recommend him as an instructor!
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Jolita K. Sep 26, 2016
German · Online
Verified Student
Wolfgang is extremely knowledgeable and intelligent. He has an effective teaching style and will happily clarify questions along the way. He has done a great job assessing my current ability and guiding me forward towards accurate application of the German language. He is reliable and offers praise and encouragement consistently. I have truly enjoyed my German lessons with Wolfgang and appreciate his warmth, patience and expertise!
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Jolita K. Jul 11, 2016
German · Online
Verified Student
Wolfgang did a great job assessing my prior knowledge of German and gave clear instruction on his objectives. He has a wonderful sense of humor and is patient and knowledgeable. So far so good!
Eliot Jun 7, 2016
German · Online
Verified Student
We have been working with Wolfgang for about five weeks now. He is always very well-prepared for each lesson, with a clear goal in mind. He does a great job of adding humor to keep my nine year old son engaged in this new and not always easy language! I chose Wolfgang because German is his mother-tongue and he has extensive teaching experience with a range of ages. I have not been disappointed- he pays careful attention to cultivating accent, which is important and the best part of having a native speaker for a teacher.
Kalin P. Jun 2, 2016
German · Online
Verified Student
Mr. Soldan is a fantastic teacher and tutor. He has helped so much and I would recommend him to anyone looking to learn German online.
Kalin P. Jun 1, 2016
German · Online
Verified Student
Really good instructor.
Paula Lenczycki Nov 22, 2015
German · Online
Verified Student
In my opinion, Herr Professor Soldan is an outstanding teacher. Thank you.
Brian Jul 18, 2015
German · In studio
If you are looking for a caring, friendly and very experienced learning facilitator in the German language and culture, then you need look no further than Wolfgang Soldan. Mr. Soldan was my instructor in a conversational German class at the former UTB Language Institute in Brownsville. I liked him as a teacher so much that I later sought him out for additional private lessons, which he provided to me in his home at a very reasonable price. I was very impressed with Mr. Soldan in both situations. Mr. Soldan was always extremely well prepared. He challenged me with a variety of interesting and fun learning activities. He tailored the lessons to my level of experience. He was even reasonably available for additional assistance outside of our arranged meetings. With a lifelong passion for teaching and the arts, Mr. Soldan has also accumulated a wealth of knowledge about additional learning resources to supplement your individual experience. Mr. Soldan built on my existing level of German and left me with a stronger foundation as well as desire to continue my studies. Mr. Soldan has my highest recommendation to provide you with a superior learning experience that will be well worth your time and money. You will be in good hands with Mr. Soldan. Contact him now!
Shane Jul 2, 2015
German · Online
Wolfgang is a wonderful, tutor, teacher and mentor. For quite awhile I have wanted to learn to speak German. Wolfgang has and continues to guide me toward my goal.

Wolfgang is very patient, flexible and understanding. He has adapted his lessons to best fit my way of learning. This is no simple task in itself. But Wolfgang has found a method of teaching that goes well beyond words and phrases. It strengthens my understanding of the culture. This is critical to successfully comprehending any language.

Wolfgang is a true Linguist. His expertise is far-reaching, not just in syntax or morphology, but in the history from which the language is born. This knowledge is indispensable and cannot be found elsewhere.
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