July 1, 2020
What do you enjoy most about teaching?I love the never ending variety and the ability to reinvent myself when I get bored or fed up. The fact that there is always something to learn about the students or how to teach is just great.What has been your proudest or most exciting moment as an English teacher?A couple of years after I had started teaching, my boss at the school I was working in at the time (in Hamburg) asked me… Read the rest
June 5, 2020
How did you discover your knack for teaching English?
It really happened by accident. I had just arrived in Austria and was singing summer gigs and doing artistic training programs both there and in Italy. I wanted to stay in Europe longer, but didn’t really have a plan yet as to how I would manage it financially. A colleague of mine who was a musician in Vienna recommended that I teach business English with her. I started working with the… Read the rest
April 30, 2020
● What teachers have you had that influenced your own teaching style?Hm, I think this goes right back to my school days; those teachers for whom education wasn’t so much about simple results, but about encouraging an interest in the subject. I think that’s something to be kept in mind when teaching English – there’s a reason most of our students want to learn, something more than simply ‘to be good at English’. When students are concentrating… Read the rest
April 11, 2020
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What first attracted you to teaching English and how did you get started?
I started learning the English language when I was ten years old. I was inspired by the new language, the way the English teacher spoke to us, and the personality of the teacher himself. At that time, I decided to explore this language more and more; hence my dream to become an English teacher… Read the rest
March 3, 2020
How did you first start teaching English?
I was inspired by one of my English teachers who had a positive impact on me in the early stages of my education. I got more interested in becoming an English teacher during my undergraduate studies. I started teaching when I was a junior university student majoring in English Language and Literature. After attending teacher training courses and doing classroom observations, I started teaching English.
How does your academic background… Read the rest
February 7, 2020
I’ve noticed over the years that we have very few “native German” English teachers in ELTABB. How can we reach out to these teachers and how would you “sell” ELTABB to them?
I think ELTABB is an organisation that mostly appeals to freelance teachers from other countries – the red tape workshops, the exchange with colleagues, the peer support…. Most Germans who teach English are likely to hold teaching jobs at schools and universities with better pay,… Read the rest
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