Acting as the sole instructor of beginner and intermediate German courses, I learned how to lead classes of twenty-five language learners and guide them through hands-on activities emphasizing listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills. Besides the rudimentary tasks affiliated with instructing, teaching is about having patience for students who need more time to grasp particular concepts, while providing a caring and supporting atmosphere where they may blossom. Now, with a few years of teaching under my belt, I have developed a more defined teaching philosophy. Since having established clear teaching objectives through an emphasis on diversity, by providing an atmosphere of comfort and leaving students with a desire to continue learning, I learned to apply this approach to a variety of subjects including English, American and European History, as well as ESL programs and test prep. My goal by the end of each semester is to witness a growth in each students’ speaking ability and cultural conception of German-speaking countries. Working with college students and witnessing their enthusiasm for language study, generated an insatiable desire in me to continue teaching a foreign language. Just as learning a language is a never-ending process, learning to tutor a language follows suit. This job is most rewarding, as language opens the door to communication between cultures.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Catholic University of America - Bachelor in Arts, English
Graduate Degree: University of Maryland-College Park - Master of Arts, German Studies
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