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Hallo! My name is Leigh, and I am a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Masters degree in German. I have two years experience teaching German to American university students, and one year of experience teaching English to German university students at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg in Bamberg, Germany. I taught beginner and intermediate courses in South Carolina, and my courses in Germany were conversational English courses for advanced students. I was trained at the University of South Carolina under the Communicative Approach, which is a second language acquisition method that emphasizes communication in the second language with minimal use of the the first language, even as an instructional tool. I have found that the Communicative Approach works much better for intermediate and advanced students than it does for beginners, so I have modified my teaching methods to fit the needs of the students and can do so for my future students. I have a variety of grammar books, visuals, and other teaching tools that can work for the young elementary student or the more serious-minded language learner.
I have a DAF (Deutsch Als Fremdsprache) certification through the Goethe Institut with a score of 4 in all sections, which include reading, writing, listening, and oral. That is a proficiency level of C-1, the second-highest level under European language fluency standards. The certification was granted in 2010. I have since lived a year in Germany, and am working on getting retested because my proficiency level has improved since the first test.
My profile states that I my mobility is within 40 miles from my address. Since the system would not allow me to go above 40, I would like to state here that I have mobility up to 50-60 miles upon an agreement of a short increase in pay to cover gas costs.
I look forward to meeting parents and students and introducing new students to the German language. Bis bald!
I have had one year ESL teaching experience at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg. My students were mostly German university students, with a few European and Asian international students. I have also privately tutored a German student who was looking to earn for English certification for career opportunities. As an ESL instructor, I take the students' current ability levels and goals and determine where their language building skills need focus, then I make use of grammar exercises, media, and real-world scenarios to make the language come alive for them.
In addition to having a Bachelor and Masters degree in the German language, I have 2 years of experience teaching beginner and intermediate German language learners at the university level, specifically at the University of South Carolina. I have prior experience assisting at foreign language camps at Latrobe for elementary school students, as well as work as an undergraduate TA for Professional German at the University of Pittsburgh. I am certified with a DAF score of 4 on all sections (reading, writing, listening, oral).
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