I'll prepare each lesson individually. We'll make our lessons about you and your personal aims and preferred focus.
In our meetings we can focus on general communication, writing skills or on specific grammar, learning vocabulary, etc. , whatever you need to improve.
I love working with students and language learners. For me, it's important that people enjoy improving their language skills and find the best learning strategy for themselves.
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I have extensive experience in teaching (and learning) foreign languages. I have been teaching German for over 10 years now. I have a Master's degree in Trans-cultural studies and, in addition, I completed a 'Diploma' in teaching German.
During my studies, I have worked in the Foreign Language Center of the University of Bremen and the Carl Duisburg Centrum (a school that teaches German as a foreign language) and assisted students of all backgrounds and ages in their learning process. Since then, I have taught and am still teaching German privately and in schools and language institutions.
I have a variety of experiences when it comes to age, group size and educational backgrounds. I have tutored and taught on "one on one" basis and in (smaller) groups. My youngest student was 6 years old and the oldest one was 83.
- Diploma in Methodology and Didactic of German as a foreign language
(= How to teach German), Goethe Institute
- Bachelor and Master in Cultural Studies and Geography
11/2013 – present
Tutoring and teaching (in) English, German and Spanish
10/2019 - present
Teaching German in the East Melbourne Language Center
07/2019 - 12/2019
Teaching German at the German Saturday School in Melbourne
03/2019 - 11/2019
Language Instructor at Martin Luther Homes in Boronia, Melbourne
06/2016 – 03/2017
Tutor in the DAF (German as a foreign language - GFL) learning center (“Lernstudio”) of the Carl Duisburg Center, Cologne, Germany
06/2014 – 01/2016
Coordinator of language tandem program at the University Bremen
05/2014 – 01/2016
Student assistant in the Independent Learning Center for Language of the University Bremen
10/2013 – 10/2015
Tutor in the Foreign Language Center of the Universit of Bremen
--> Support of students in learning foreign languages (especially German), exam preparation and assistance in English intensive course
Perfect! Marlene is a talented and enthusiastic teacher. She has a great teaching style which she readily adapts to the needs of her students. As a native German speaker, Marlene can help with all facets of language learning – vocabulary, grammar, spelling and pronunciation.
I would highly recommend Marlene as a tutor.
Perfect! Marlene tutored my two young children 8 & 10 years old as well as my Wife and I for 3 months starting from zero language knowledge. She provided well prepared, structured and perfectly pitched lessons for us all.
She has a fantastic attitude to teaching and the kids especially responded really well to her friendly and professional approach to the lessons.
Highly recommended for anyone looking to learn German at any level! Thanks again Marlene.
Perfect! Marlene has been really good at tailoring our lessons to what I need and gradually building in things that I didn't know I needed. My focus has been on building vocabulary to improve my reading comprehension and she has been really helpful with not just strategies for this but also ways to improve my grammar while I learn vocab. The exercises she set were suited to my level and she gave really useful feedback. She also gave me a lot of extra resources and showed me where I could find more.
Overall: Marlene was easy-going and friendly, flexible with our schedule, quickly grasped my level and could explain things in the target language in a way that I could understand. A real professional but a real person too! Thanks Marlene!
With already a reasonable understanding of the language, I was looking for a teacher who could improve my awful German grammar and increase my vocabulary.
Marlene has really helped me to become a much better German speaker (and writer). She has improved my German exponentially compared to other tutors I have had.
She is very patient and gracious, even though I make the same mistakes repeatedly. Eventually I got it....
She listens to what I say and how I write the language and structures her lessons around where the gaps are. For example, she has helped me enormously with how sentences are structured in German, and the placement of verbs, as well as how to speak in the future and conditional tenses (still works in progress, but I am confident I will get there).
More recently, in this COVID world, our lessons are online. Whilst I initially had reservations about this, the classes are just as good - if not better - than face-to-face.
Now, they are structured around a text book, with listening and comprehension exercises (even videos). All lessons are conducted in German (unless I need a lot of help understanding a concept, whereupon we revert to English). As well as gently and usefully correcting my written work (explaining why things are not right, and how they could be improved) , she will provide extra exercises to help me get the hang of some new grammar formation if the textbook alone isn't doing it for me.
I have made substantial progress under her tutelage.
I cannot wait to go travelling to German speaking places again to try out my new improved language skills on the unsuspecting public!
I recommend her unreservedly, should you wish to learn a new language or to expand your current knowledge of German.
I got in touch with Marlene through Gumtree. I needed a German Teacher to help me pass my Goethe C2 certificate, so that I could apply to universities in Germany. Throughout my time studying with her, I got to know her as friendly, professional and easy to work with. she helped me take both my written and spoken German from poor/colloquial to University (C2) level.
I can highly recommend Marlene as a German tutor.
Marlene helped me mostly with my written German. She proofread and corrected my texts, explained my mistakes and gave me tips for further writing. She even prepared activities for certain grammatical issues I had to work on. Marlene put a lot of effort in helping me find ways to improve my German.
Marlene is a great tutor and helped me a lot to improve my German! I recommend her without hesitation :)
Marlene is a patient, attentive and hard working tutor. She works hard to facilitate your learning while also making sure that you maximize techniques to learn for yourself. Very glad I found her to teach me German!
I worked with Marlene in the language tutor program of the University Bremen. I got to know her as a patient person who loves working with students. She focuses on her students and tries to help everyone individually, always willing to put an extra effort in helping them develop their German.
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