My name is Michael S. I am a native German
speaker who strongly believes in both education and self-education. Learning and knowing how to learn are truly valuable keys that will empower you and open the doors that lead to a happy and fulfilling life. It is my mission to help you succeed in whatever goals you may have when it comes to the German language
With me, you can:
1) Learn and improve your German (grammar
and speaking) even if you're a complete beginner!
2) Practice your German conversation skills with a native speaker.
3) Experience cultural immersion through exposure to German arts and media.
4) Discover how to learn.
After I evaluate your current abilities and we discuss what your objectives are, we can decide how you want to proceed. The lessons can be as slow and relaxed or as intense and difficult as you'd like. I will work with whatever it is you want out of each lesson and am also happy to give you my own input on how we should approach your goals. In case you are at a complete loss as to how you want to proceed, I have learning materials and lesson plans that we can use as well.
Below is a little background about myself:
In addition to speaking German at home and my yearly visits to see relatives in Austria, I have been studying German academically from grade 1 onward.
In college, I double majored in German and Philosophy
. In German, the topics I studied include the following: The German Enlightenment into German Romanticism, Terrorism in Germany: Red Army Faction, Adolescents in Contemporary Germany, Austria in Text and Film
, Vienna Past and Present.
Furthermore, I was rated as speaking German at the level of “Advanced High” after taking the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Oral Proficiency Exam for German (upon request, I am happy to send you a copy of this certificate as proof).
After graduating Magna Cum Laude with honors in German and Philosophy, I lived in Dresden, Germany for 9 months on a Fulbright English
I love German and I will always be making an effort to learn more about it and expand my language capabilities so as to provide you with the best service possible.
Contact me today so we can schedule your first lesson! I look forward to meeting you.