GERMAN, FRENCH (iGCSE and A level)
Why choose a language?
“A different language is a different vision of life.”
My love of learning, my love of homeschooling and subsequently teaching languages, started at the age of 16. I would like to share my insights with you as after 30 years of experience I have learnt one or two things!
What I enjoy most about teaching languages is the transformation that I see in people of all ages when they pursue their interest in learning a language and when the realisation strikes them that: I can do it!
The exertion of mental capacity is phenomenal at any age when learning a foreign language, but has a specially strong impact on younger brains. Learning a new language – or two – leads to restructured brain patterns, which leads to enhanced intellectual capacity overall.
Furthermore, I have also seen that learning a foreign language is the best way of mastering your own. If you listen to those around you, you’ll soon realise that many of us reach a certain linguistic level in our mother tongue at a very early age and stay at that level for the rest of our lives. You might also have noticed that people who are well spoken and able to define ideas and communicate successfully make quite an impression on everyone around them.
When learning a foreign language you look at your own more closely, establishing links and patterns between two or even three languages. Discovering new words that enhance your mastery of your native tongue and make you sound intellectual in your own language.
My German Experience
After leaving school I studied German and French at a University in Madrid (Complutense) because I was curious about the culture and literature. I also studied Danish (very similar to the German language) and Spanish (similar to French!). After my 5 year degree I travelled for two years. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to be a Spanish, French and German language teacher. I studied for my teacher training qualification in Spain and then in the UK , where I have lived and worked ever since.
My teaching experience is very broad, I have taught in various comprehensive schools, as a head of department as well as in primary schools, colleges and homeschooling. I have taught in complex needs schools and I have taught every conceivable age and ability; in fact my oldest student was 83 years old! I soon became disappointed in the traditional school system, where the individual is overlooked because there is simply no time or space for close relationships between teachers and students.
As a consequence, I made one of the best decisions I ever made and I embarked on homeschooling my own children. They are, of course, also learning, Spanish, French and German language with me.
As well as homeschooling I discovered online teaching and learning about a year ago and am now a total enthusiast of online learning because it works!! The digital world provides us with a focus (your device) and amazing audio-visual resources. All of this with the added advantage of getting to know your student as an individual.
Online teaching works so well that I even teach my own children German and English with a few other homeschooled kids aged 8 to 15. Using the flexibility of the online platform I can differentiate the lessons, so much so that the 15 year old in this group is preparing his IGCSE in German as we speak.
If you want more info about preparing for an International GCSE or A Level qualification in, Spanish, French or the German language just drop me a line:
Why the German language?
- German is the most widely spoken language in Europe.
- You can connect to 120 million native speakers around the globe, many people also learn German as a second language.
- It is the 3rd most popular foreign language taught worldwide and the second most popular in Europe and Japan.
- Germany has the 3rd strongest economy and is the #1 export nation in the world.
- Knowing German creates business opportunities.
- Germans are innovators.
- French is another world language (275 million people)
- It is used and spoken in 88 states and countries, and widely spoken across the African continent
- It is the foreign language with closest links to the English language due to its common history and proximity.
- French is also the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world.
- French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts.