I have been teaching German and English as foreign languages in educational settings and as a professional tutor around the world since 2004.
I have had extensive tutoring experience and prepared my tutees for a variety of language exams (IB German, Pre-U German, A-Level German, iGCSE English as a second language, GCSE English Language and Literature, IB English B, IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, FCE) and they all achieved their target results.
When I am tutoring students, I follow a learner-centred and content-driven approach to teaching, which means that I individualise and personalise my resources for each student considering their interests, language levels, weaknesses, and learning styles and focus on teaching them the skills that are necessary to achieve great results in their exams. Where necessary I challenge my tutees so that they can achieve their best. I use a range of media to enrich my lessons with authentic material.
I have always received outstanding feedback from my students and tutees and was praised for my inspiring lessons and my passion for teaching languages, my friendly personality, my ability to connect with them on a professional yet personal level and my skill to make learning fun and enjoyable.
I studied at the University of Bamberg in Germany, where I completed my first state exam (BA Hons equivalent) in English/EFL, Geography and Educational Science, and at the University of South Carolina in the USA, where I did my master’s degree in German with a concentration in second language acquisition and language pedagogy. I have completed my teacher training in Germany and also hold the Qualified Teacher Status in the UK.
I started teaching German at the University of South Carolina in the USA and later became a lecturer for English Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition and Applied Linguistics at the University of Bamberg in Germany. After having taught ESL/EFL for a year in Brazil, I began to work as an English/EFL and geography teacher at a prestigious independent secondary school in Germany where I also became Head of the Bilingual Department, setting up a unique bilingual program with the help of a colleague.
In my current teaching post as a German and EFL/EAL teacher at an outstanding independent school near London, I taught KS3 German, IB (Standard and Higher Level) German and Pre-U German as well as iGCSE English as a second language, IB English B, IELTS, TOEFL and general EFL/EAL classes and as a EFL summer school teacher. A main part of my classroom teaching is tutoring students in one-to-one sessions for their final exams in German (IB & Pre-U) and EFL/EAL (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, etc.) and my support and guidance enabled them to achieve their target grades.
My teaching has always been informed by the latest research in language learning and teaching as I see this as the best way to provide instruction of the highest quality to my students and to offer them current evidence-based solutions. This enables me to support my students and tutees to optimise their language learning process, to progress quickly and to achieve their goals.
I consider my students emotional and social well-being a priority, and in the course of my professional development, I have continued to study the areas of psychology and pedagogy. I completed the 5-course specialisation, the ‘Foundations of Positive Psychology’, offered by the University of Pennsylvania. Integrating this knowledge in my teaching has given me the ability to help my students and tutees to become more confident, more resilient, and more optimistic and to persevere when faced with difficulties.