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Ian D.

Passionate German-speaker wants you to succeed!

Passionate German-speaker wants you to succeed!

$35/hour

  • 14 hours tutoring

  • Petworth Washington, DC 20011

About Ian


Bio

Moin! My name is Ian. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in German language and literature. At Notre Dame, it was my professors who opened my eyes to the fascinating world of German. They were always so passionate, committed and engaging during classes, and their support didn’t stop there. Whenever I had a problem, they were ready to help with the answer and provided additional resources which further stoked my interest in the language. It probably comes...

Moin! My name is Ian. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a Bachelor’s in German language and literature. At Notre Dame, it was my professors who opened my eyes to the fascinating world of German. They were always so passionate, committed and engaging during classes, and their support didn’t stop there. Whenever I had a problem, they were ready to help with the answer and provided additional resources which further stoked my interest in the language. It probably comes as no surprise then that I try to bring this same passion and commitment to my tutoring approach and strive to make the language-learning experience as fun as possible. My lesson plans are multi-faceted but revolve around a two-pronged approach: introducing the topic for the day in a fun, engaging and relevant way and then focusing on the nuts and bolts of the material (be it grammar, vocabulary, etc). Being curious is the quickest way to expand one’s knowledge and that’s why I encourage students to ask questions throughout the lesson. I’m also a big believer in giving students the chance to learn on their own. At the end of each lesson, I let the student work through some exercises to apply what they've learned. It’s important to note though, language learning is not a one-size-fits-all process and the structure outlined above can (and should) be adjusted to fit individual needs.

I have one year of official tutoring experience at the collegiate level. My students included beginners through mid-level speakers of German. At Notre Dame, all beginning-level students were required to attend regular tutoring sessions, regardless of their grade in class. This diverse group of students exposed me to a wide-range of learning styles and has helped me adopt a tutoring style that is fun and effective. Unofficially, I have helped numerous friends and colleagues (mostly adults) expand their knowledge of the German language through in-person lessons and have tutored several German friends in English. In many instances, I have also served as a proofreader for German friends writing academic papers in both English and German.

Whether you are looking to improve your formal German, navigate the seas of business German or brush up on some slang, I want nothing more than to help you reach your goals! I am constantly looking for ways to improve my approach and encourage feedback and suggestions from parents and students alike. Although my experience has had me tutoring people primarily 18 years of age or older, I am open to helping students of all ages. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or comments or to schedule a lesson. I will always get back to you as soon as possible!


Education

The University of Notre Dame
German
Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $35
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 20 miles of Washington, DC 20011
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

German

German

In addition to graduating with a Bachelor's in German language and literature, I lived, worked and studied for 3 1/2 years in Germany. I've completed two years of graduate level studies at a German university and placed into DSH 3 on the 'Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang.'

Language

German

German

In addition to graduating with a Bachelor's in German language and literature, I lived, worked and studied for 3 1/2 years in Germany. I've completed two years of graduate level studies at a German university and placed into DSH 3 on the 'Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang.'

Summer

German

German

In addition to graduating with a Bachelor's in German language and literature, I lived, worked and studied for 3 1/2 years in Germany. I've completed two years of graduate level studies at a German university and placed into DSH 3 on the 'Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang.'

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$35/hour

Ian D.

$35/hour

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  • Find the right fit, or your first hour is free

Contact Ian

Response time: 53 minutes