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University of Wuerzburg, Germany (English)
University of Wuerzburg, Germany (Master's)
My desire to teach derives from the intrinsic belief that education is an important pillar of our society. As such, teaching should foster critical thinking, awareness, and appreciation of other cultures. I believe that languages play a major role in building bridges between people and thus strive to pass on my interest in languages to students by actively engaging them in the learning process, and exposing them to the excitement of understanding and speaking another language. One of my goals as a teacher and tutor is to be a role model for curiosity, open-mindedness, and for peace. I have learned from my own experience how much influence a teacher can have on the shaping of a student’s mind. In retrospect, I can say that my teaching philosophy is indebted to several key figures in my life. In primary school I had a teacher whose teaching left traces on my mind because he taught from the heart and instilled in me positive working and learning values. During High School, I had a teacher whose open-mindedness and active engagement in social issues helped shape my ideas of an informed and active citizen. During my graduate studies I had the opportunity to study under a professor who embodied the traditional way of teaching. His competency, enthusiasm and readiness to help students – not only in the area of language arts – has left a distinct footprint in my life as a scholar. My experience in tutoring goes back to Germany, where I was affiliated with several tutoring institutes around the city where I went to University. I have experience working with children ranging from ages 7 - 16 that came from a variety of social and cultural backgrounds. I have tutored in group settings, as well as one-on-one settings. I prefer tutoring in one-on-one settings, as I have the experience that my help is more effective and can be more individualized this way.
As a tutor of languages with a linguistic background (I am a native of South-West Germany, and have studied English and Mandarin Chinese at the Julius-Maximilians-University of Wuerzburg, where I graduated in 2003 with a Master's Degree) I find great joy in getting my students excited about their progress in grammar. My goal is to foster an appreciation and understanding of the grammar of languages in order to build a strong foundation for the students’ speaking and writing abilities. While translating this enthusiasm to my students, I also find it very important to listen to their expectations and needs. Assessing students’ learning is a way of listening and becoming aware of their needs. It is a very important means for me to reflect on the effectiveness and improvement of my teaching. In principal, I believe that student assessment should be consistent, fair and clear. I use a variety of assessment methods such as essay and multiple choice tests, exams, as well as papers and oral presentations.
My desire to teach derives from the intrinsic belief that education is an important pillar of our society. As such, teaching should foster critical thinking, awareness, and appreciation of other cultures. I believe that languages play a major role in building bridges between people and thus strive to pass on my interest in languages to
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