I have been working as a self-employed English teacher in Frankfurt on Oder since 2004. I’ve been teaching private clients as well as small groups e.g. in evening classes and also conduct in-house training sessions for companies. The Dresden-based firm »qfmd«, the local daily newspaper „Märkische Oderzeitung“ , the city administration and the European University Viadrina Frankfurt on Oder have been among my clients, to mention just a few. With several of these groups I have travelled to Dublin and London on language trips.
I am a qualified teacher for English and Russian and received my degree from the Technical University Dresden in 1996. During my studies in Leipzig and Dresden, I was able to spend two terms each in Russia and the USA respectively to develop my language skills.
After my studies I had the opportunity to develop my teaching skills abroad, spending three years at secondary schools in Northern Ireland, teaching German. The experience of living and working in another culture has influenced my personal and professional development considerably. I continued working as an English teacher in Ghana and Mozambique, teaching students as well as coaching junior teachers. Part of my job was organising exchange programmes and conducting A-level tests.
After my return to Germany I completed various further education courses in order to teach adults and have adapted my teaching techniques and methodology. I now teach English and German as a Foreign Language successfully, increasingly using blended learning techniques such as virtual classrooms online or electronic Smartboards in the classroom..
I am greatly interested in the origin of words and phrases and also offer workshops regarding the history of language.
Translations have taken up a large portion of my work and I enjoy translating a wide variety of texts.
I feel rewarded when you reach your learning targets through motivation and determination and when you feel satisfied with your progress in learning a foreign language. When you are successful in your private or professional life through the confident use of a foreign language, I feel I have reached my teaching target.
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