Wolfgang Soldan

Wolfgang S.

San Antonio, TX
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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 will be a permanent interaction between my client and myself to monitor the progress, eventually speed up the tempo or, if necessary, to slow down.
There is no dogma; there is only one main criterion: success.

About Wolfgang S.

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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Stan W.
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Wolfgang is very thorough and has been very patient with me, making certain I learn proper German pronunciation and grammar. The details of his instruction are far more detail oriented and accurate than community education style classes I have taken previously.

Posted Feb 4, 2020
Cindy
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Lessons with Wolfgang S. are always a pleasure. He is highly professional, friendly, and tailored all my lessons exactly to fit my needs and interests. He quickly pinpoints any areas that need help, and offers gentle corrections and suggestions to improve. His teaching methods are always interesting, varied, and fun. I learned a lot not only about grammar and vocabulary, but about German culture, and nuances and history of the language that can only be learned from a native speaker with his teaching experience. His explanations to questions are clear and thorough, and he made sure I understood before moving on. He adjusted the pace to my skills and needs without any pressure. I have definitely improved in all areas since taking lessons with him.

Posted Jul 14, 2019
Tabatha S.
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Wolfgang helped me believe in my confidence to reengage in learning German after 20 years wothout lessons or practice. He is thorough, patient and encouraging. I look forward to future lessons

Posted Jan 22, 2018
Duane
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Most highly recommended! I found Wolfgang to be an excellent German instructor for me. As a mature (50+) professional I was looking for a native German with perfect mastery of English and impeccable teaching credentials. Wolfgang fit that description perfectly. He tailored the lessons to my needs and made them fun. Along with the excellent language lessons, I really enjoyed his stories about life in Germany, and especially his hometown of Berlin. Thanks to Wolfgang I am much farther along my journey of learning to speak German.

Posted Aug 1, 2017
Duane
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Great first lesson. Wolfgang made me feel very comfortable and I am convinced will be able to take me to the next level in my journey to learn the German language.

Posted Feb 16, 2017
Colin T.
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Wolfgang was top notch. He understood and catered to both my learning needs and my chaotic schedule. His knowledge of the German language and its history only exists from a native speaker, and his skill with instruction only comes from decades of experience. Lessons were always informative and fun!

Posted Dec 16, 2016
Gianni
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My 12 year old son really enjoys his lessons with Wolfgang and looks forward to them every week. He doesn't need reminding or encouraging to study because he's so excited about learning the language. Wolfgang makes it fun!

Posted Oct 23, 2016
Carla
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Wolfgang is an excellent instructor with an enthusiasm for teaching and the language. Highly recommend him as an instructor!

Posted Oct 18, 2016
Jolita K.
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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!

Posted Sep 26, 2016
Jolita K.
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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!

Posted Jul 11, 2016
Eliot
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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.

Posted Jun 7, 2016
Kalin P.
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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.

Posted Jun 2, 2016
Kalin P.
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Really good instructor.

Posted Jun 1, 2016
Paula Lenczycki
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In my opinion, Herr Professor Soldan is an outstanding teacher. Thank you.

Posted Nov 22, 2015
Brian
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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!

Posted Jul 18, 2015
Shane
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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.

Posted Jul 2, 2015

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Experience

Instructor
Aug 2016 - Present

Instruction and Translation

Instructor
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.

Education

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

English (MA)

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

German (native speaker; MA)

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Russian

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

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.

Awards

Oberstudienrat (Senior Study Counsel)
May 1989

Magistrat von Berlin (Germany), Abteilung Volksbildung

Studienrat (Study Counsel)
Jun 1986

Magistrat von Berlin (Germany)

Affiliations

American Philosophical Association
Sep 1996
The American Philosophical Association promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena. The APA supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry.
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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