As a language teacher, I have always had the wish to work locally as much as possible. From the moment I started my own language school in 2010, something different happened though. I got more and more customers who wanted to have lessons via Skype and often lived outside of my own city or abroad. They were students who wanted to learn English or Dutch online flexibly from their own home, in short or long-term courses of one or two hours a week. The result? I almost never left the house anymore and gave many individual lessons to people I had never physically shook hands with during the introduction.
Global and local language education
While online lessons became more and more popular and now cover most of our work, I sometimes miss the personal encounter and the dynamics of group lessons. Don’t get me wrong: working online and from home has many advantages and is very pleasant; no traffic jams, no stress, no loss of time and I am at my work in half a minute! Nevertheless, I am always happy with the local requests for language lessons and I have been able to give them in addition to the Skype lessons for the past seven years; at home and at companies and organizations in Culemborg and surroundings. To Daan and Marjon who wanted to brush up and improve their English, to Jaouad and Yassin, who wanted to learn to write in professional Dutch, to welfare workers who wanted to brush up the grammar and writing rules, to Tanya, Rita and André from South Africa, who understood our Dutch quite well, but due to the minimal or huge differences in meanings, we still needed lessons to be more confident to Eirini, Vasileios, Cristina and Alfredo from Greece, Spain and Venezuela, respectively, who wanted to lay a good foundation for talking with their colleagues, to Jagadeesh from India, who had already passed the integration exam, but wanted to continue learning for the state exam I (B1 level), to Ilknur from Turkey, who has been living in the Netherlands for a long time and speaks Dutch fluently, but wants to perfect the language for her primary school job and to Danae from Greece and Tara from Ireland, who feel more comfortable in a small group, so that they can better master our language. These are all Culemborg residents whom we have been able to help with their language skills in recent years, in addition to the online lessons.
Is your Dutch or English good enough?
What learning needs do you have in the field of Dutch and English? Do you ever ask yourself one of the following questions?
- how do I give a presentation in Dutch or English at work?
- how do I write a professional e-mail in Dutch or English?
- what about the d’s and t’s again?
- what are the rules or the use of Dutch articles ‘de’ and ‘het’?
- are there language buddies in Culemborg to practice my English or Dutch with?
- how do I conduct a telephone conversation (informal, formal) in English?
- how do I make a reservation at a hotel abroad?
- how do I submit a complaint in English?
- how can I better understand a report or book or read through it faster?
- is there a reading or conversation club for beginners or advanced students of NT2?
- … [complete your questions here yourself]
How could you learn to communicate more easily or more professionally with colleagues, employers, strangers, in-laws, in Dutch or in English? Tell us during the two inspiration evenings!
Come to our inspiration evenings!
Share your ideas and wishes with us on Tuesday 20 and Thursday 29 August from 19:30 to about 21:00 in the Salaamander on the Heimanslaan 2 in Culemborg. Take your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, sister, brother, neighbor, neighbor, and colleague with you and we would love to hear what your needs are to raise your language skills. We can then use your information to develop and offer more targeted language courses in our beautiful city.
Special guest and free subscription English a Day
On both evenings I have invited a special guest, my American colleague Alan Headbloom. He is co-developer of Taaltutor’s web app English a Day, and will give a demo of our joint app English a Day via Skype from the US. Like me, Alan is a language teacher and lives and works in Michigan, where he daily teaches immigrants from Asia, South America and Africa and sometimes Europe, the American English language. He also hosts the local TV show Feel Like You Belong.
Every participant in this inspiration evening will receive a free annual subscription worth € 18.25 on our web app. If you want to be present on one of the evenings, call or email Sandra Wormgoor to register on 06-15 50 50 70 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unable to attend, you can of course always inform us by e-mail.
Thank you and hope to see you on one of our inspiration evenings!