I am a German native speaker, living in New York since 1999. Language learning has always been one of my favorite things to do. I would like to show my students that it can be fun, rewarding and interesting to immerse themselves in another culture through learning a foreign language.
Language influences thinking, the way we interact with others and to some degree how we see the world. When learning another language, it often provides glimpses into other perspectives. Learning a second (or third, or...) language is not only a way to learn about a different culture and alternative ways for social interactions but can really broaden the horizon.
Apart from language learning and teaching, I enjoy literature, going to the theater, history and living in the greatest city on earth! In order to spice up the leaning process, I will provide sample texts and practice questions that will be tailored as much as possible to students' interests and preferences.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf, Germany - Associates, Literary Translation (French, English into German)
Skiing, reading, watching movies, and translation
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Evaluate if the previous explanations and practice fits the student's individual learning style, and/or put the skill or concept into another context if possible so that he/she can see possible practical applications more clearly. In other words: make the skill or concept more tangible.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Many students, especially those that have to get through a subject in order to make their grades in school, consider learning 'work.' It is, of course, but that should not mean that it has to be tedious and dull - a rote practice to make it through the next test. It is my goal to make the 'work' aspect of learning German stand for success, fun and acquiring interesting new information and skill - not for endless, cumbersome routine.