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Bertina

I was born and raised in Germany and came to the US in 1990. I have a business degree and work in the area of Human Resources. I can teach the German language in a fun and entertaining way for students who want to use it in business, for students who want to polish and advance in their school German, and also for students who just want to learn the German language for fun. My approach to learning German comes through integration of the cultural, business, and language. Let's have some fun learning, maybe even "singing" or reading German Philosophers...there are so many possibilities.

Undergraduate Degree:

 Georg-August University of Goettingen - Bachelors, Business

Graduate Degree:

 Georg-August University of Goettingen - Masters, MBA

running, basketball, tennis, reading, politics

Conversational German

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What is your teaching philosophy?

Talk as much as you can in the foreign language you want to learn. Have fun with it...

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Assess at what level the student can use the language, listen to where the student wants to be, and map out a plan with the student for how to get to the goal the student has set for him/herself.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Providing the student with fun interactive activities.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Learning difficulties will come up for every student. We will try together to find the best way how the student learns, and with that, how I have to adjust my teaching.

What strategies have you found to be most successful when you start to work with a student?

First I try to find out which learning style suits the student. I find it mostly successful to immerse from the beginning into the language.

How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?

Get a hands on experience, like watching a movie in German, listening to Pop music in German and/or watching German News! Hands on language exposure.

How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?

When a student hears him/herself speak in a foreign language - they just feel good!

How do you evaluate a student's needs?

I use a questionnaire.

How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?

Listening to the student and finding out his/her difficulties.

What types of materials do you typically use during a tutoring session?

I use the books or material the students already have - if they have no materials, I have different books, magazines, etc., from which I teach.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

I try to keep my students engaged by providing new things and changing the learning environment.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

First, it needs to be addressed where the problem of reading comprehension starts - already in their native language? Then this needs to be addressed first before anything can be addressed in the foreign language. If the reading comprehension is in the foreign language, nearly always it is lack of vocabulary efficiency, and that can be addressed in giving vocabulary words for learning and practice.

What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?

The best way to find out is by talking with the student through the material. I like to do projects for my students, where they present something to me.