January 6, 2020
For you as an expat living in German society, what do you love most and what’s been the hardest thing to adapt to?
As an American, I love the German social system and the fact that, while I pay a lot of taxes, if I get seriously ill I won’t lose my job, health insurance, home, and savings. Now that I have a child, I also appreciate that she has almost-free childcare and education. I… Read the rest
December 10, 2019
Do you have an overall philosophy of teaching, something that motivates you, or guides your interactions with students?
I’m much more practical than theoretical. The best motivation for me is working with clients who are actively using English in their jobs, rather than those without any specific goal in mind. I love the process of determining what a client wants to be able to do better in English, designing training that mimics their real-life tasks,… Read the rest
November 12, 2019
How long have you been teaching in Berlin and how does it differ from teaching in Korea and the USA?
I’ve been teaching in Berlin for almost two years now and this is the first time I came in contact with L1 interference. Korean is too different to really have one, and in the US I was teaching students from low-income families who didn’t have the language skills of their grade level, but they were still native… Read the rest
October 10, 2019
How has living in both the US and the UK influenced your English? How would you describe your own English?
My English definitely sounds American, though a few people have told me it sounds “cleaner.” This is probably from teaching English. I think that my exposure to both Englishes has made me a better teacher; I’m able to help prepare my students for different English contexts. I don’t mean just telling them that in England an elevator… Read the rest
September 12, 2019
Website: www.learnenglishinberlin.com or https://www.facebook.com/learnEnglishinBerlin/
It sounds like you first became an English teacher almost by accident. What about your initial teaching experience led you to further pursue the degree and career that you did?
Well, it wasn’t exactly an accident; it had been at the back of my mind for years but circumstances had not really allowed it. I just found once I started that I really enjoyed interacting with people, but I think what I most… Read the rest
August 6, 2019
Contact: +49 1778905106
What made you decide to become an English Teacher in general, and what drew you to Business English in particular?
I had a tough choice. I literally enjoyed all school subjects: IT and Maths, Physics and Biology, French and English. I decided to deepen my knowledge in each rather than to specialize in one. Therefore, my choice was a BA degree in English/Ukrainian Linguistics and later an MA degree in Pedagogy for Universities with a… Read the rest
July 8, 2019
How did you become interested in Business English in particular? What led you to that specialty?
I jumped in (or rather was pushed in!) at the deep end the week after my CELTA, taking on a last-minute business English class for a language school in Barcelona. With students staggering in late, I started each class asking what had been happening at work. It really sparked my interest in business practices, but it wasn’t until I got… Read the rest
June 6, 2019
Do you have any tips on teaching writing and training students to use the thinking skills behind the writing skills?
Always answer “why” and “how”. Support your
ideas with concrete examples. Show, don’t tell.
Even for people who don’t need to write in their
current or future jobs, everyone needs to be able to logically explain why they
hold a particular opinion or belief, and to understand and share what
experiences led them to that position.… Read the rest
May 14, 2019
How did you get into teaching?
It all started when I decided
to move to Budapest, Hungary, in 2009 without much thought about what I really
wanted to do, so I thought I would try my hand at teaching English until I
found a “proper” job. Through teaching a variety of courses in my first couple
of years, from middle managers to infants, I realised that I really enjoyed the
interpersonal nature of the job and that teaching… Read the rest
April 9, 2019
Question from Rosie: One of my favourite things about Berlin is the
fact you never feel very far away from nature. What did you enjoy most
about living in Berlin or Brandenburg?
I really like how easy it is to get around in Berlin. As someone who doesn’t have a car, I find the bicycle and public transit infrastructure here amazing. I also feel much safer as a woman out and about on my own in the city at… Read the rest