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Jeannie S.

30 years of experience making German fun!

30 years of experience making German fun!

$60/hour

  • 214 hours tutoring

  • Evanston, IL 60202

About Jeannie


Bio

I was born in America to a German family that no longer spoke German. I learned it in school, and loved it so much that I earned a Ph.D. in it. I've learned other languages as well, and I continue to learn more about German and other languages because it is a rollicking adventure! As someone who did not growing up speaking German, I have approached this quest from the outside and worked my way in, and I know how to guide others on this journey. In my professional life, I have taught German...

I was born in America to a German family that no longer spoke German. I learned it in school, and loved it so much that I earned a Ph.D. in it. I've learned other languages as well, and I continue to learn more about German and other languages because it is a rollicking adventure! As someone who did not growing up speaking German, I have approached this quest from the outside and worked my way in, and I know how to guide others on this journey. In my professional life, I have taught German grades 1 through 12 as well as university level and adult continuing education. I have worked on textbooks, translated all sorts of documents, worked as a cultural consultant in international business, and more. German language and culture are real to me, even as I live and work in America.

My tutoring methods are eclectic, tailored to the learner. Since some learners are more visually oriented and others respond better to auditory input, I supplement the learner's materials with realia (actual items in German, whether printed or recorded) appropriate to the learner's level and interests.


Education

Indiana University-Bloomington
Germanic Studies
Purdue University, West Lafayette
Masters
Purdue University, West Lafayette
PhD

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $60
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Evanston, IL 60202
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/15/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Corporate Training

German

German

* Experience with individual and small group instruction for general language skills and more targeted uses, such as business and business travel, reading knowledge, and music. * Available both online and in person (within my travel range), incorporating multimedia into all sessions. * Have taught and tutored at all levels from elementary school through to graduate-level study.

Language

German

German

* Experience with individual and small group instruction for general language skills and more targeted uses, such as business and business travel, reading knowledge, and music. * Available both online and in person (within my travel range), incorporating multimedia into all sessions. * Have taught and tutored at all levels from elementary school through to graduate-level study.

Summer

German

German

* Experience with individual and small group instruction for general language skills and more targeted uses, such as business and business travel, reading knowledge, and music. * Available both online and in person (within my travel range), incorporating multimedia into all sessions. * Have taught and tutored at all levels from elementary school through to graduate-level study.

Ratings and Reviews


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4.9 (88 ratings)
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Reviews


Very knowledgable, personable, and fun to learn from

Jeannie is helping me brush up on my German before visiting family. After several weeks of working with her, I feel much more confident in my conversing and have learned fun things I wouldn't have otherwise learned about - such as German TV shows to watch :) Highly recommend working with Jeannie. Not only if she obviously very educated and knows her stuff, but she's also down to earth and a pleasure to learn from and speak with.

Katie, 6 lessons with Jeannie
Tutor responded:

Thank you so much, Katie — and it is a pleasure to work with you!

Impressive German Tutor

When I arrived to meet Jeannie for our first lesson she introduced herself in English and we started out by just getting to know each other a little bit. I immediately felt comfortable with her because her confidence as a teacher and German speaker are immediately apparent. We then spent 30 minutes talking in German (although she did most the talking, as I am far worse at talking than I am at understanding). We spent some time charting the course for further lessons as well, and she asked me how I prefer to learn (do I like structured writing lessons, real life German content, etc.) I will be looking forward to our next lesson together, and so far I am very impressed!

Evan, 4 lessons with Jeannie

Thorough, Inquisitive, and Fun!

Jeannie asks all of the right questions: What is your end goal? What would you like to work on specifically? Are there any interests that we can incorporate into your lessons? After leaving my first German lesson, I felt excited to review German grammar, a subject I had neglected for quite some time. Jeannie is very fun to talk to and is very skilled at correcting me when I have made a mistake.

Emma, 4 lessons with Jeannie

Excellent tutor for our kids

Jeannie was such a help in preparing our kids for a return trip to Germany. She worked with each kid once a week for about three months. They had forgotten quite a bit since we moved back to the States a few years ago. Jeannie put together an excellent, well thought out lesson plan and always came prepared. My kids didn't always have "high energy" for their lessons but Jeannie didn't let that become an obstacle, always staying patient and working through anything. She had a nice mix of games, videos, and rote learning. All in all it was very well done. I fully recommend her to anyone looking to improve their German.

Mike, 15 lessons with Jeannie

Learning so much!

Jeannie is a great, high-energy teacher. The lessons are for my 8 year-old daughter, and Jeannie adjusts the lesson to make sure my daughter is staying focused and interested. I'm very impressed.

Jane, 4 lessons with Jeannie
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Jeannie S.

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