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German with Sönke B

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I have taught German in schools for over 20 years, which included working with individuals, small and class-size groups of all ages. Having gained first experience in teaching German while working as a British Council Foreign Language Assistant in East Devon, I decided to follow a career in teaching German at secondary and tertiary level.

'Born and bred' in the north of Germany, you will not struggle to understand my accent. I speak - what many people refer to as - „Hochdeutsch” - (Standard German) as spoken in/around/north of Hanover. However, you might notice that I tend to say „Hamburch” rather than „Hamburg”. And of course, I tend to stretch my vowels - all part of being an „echter Norddeutscher”.

If you wondered how to pronounce „Sönke", it's a bit like "Z"-"ea" (as in "ea-rly")-"n"-"k"-"ea" (as in "ea-rly").

I am a native speaker and have a BA and a MA degree. Most importantly for language learners, I am a qualified teacher with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in teaching secondary German (with French and Geography).

I am also a current Assessment Associate for Pearson/Edexcel (GCSE and A Level), an IoLET Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and a Supporter Member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting, studying towards a TransDip.

The 2017/2018 examination season was yet another very successful year for my tutees. I do not only keep my 100% pass rate; all my A Level tutees outperformed they predicted grades (based on their 'Mocks') by two grades and my GCSE/IGCSE tutees improved their predicted grades by at least three grades/digits. Many of them outperformed their target grades (where possible) and one of them improved by five grades/digits compared to her predicted '4' ('Mocks').

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Qualifications

Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany
BA - joint honours English and Geography
Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany
MA - joint honours English and Geography
Exeter University, St Luke's School of Education
PGCE German (with French) and Geography

International Baccalaureate (I.B) subjects

German