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Travis N.

Princeton, NJ

$50/hour

Travis N. German Tutor

5+ Hours
5.0 average from 1 ratings

$50/Hour


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Whitworth University
Theology

Education

Whitworth University (Theology)

About Travis

After having spent two years working in a church community in an area of Germany where the general population's facility in English is very low, I know the importance of developing strong communicative skills in a foreign language so that one does not have to rely on English as a kind of safety-net. My work in Germany consisted almost exclusively of preaching and teaching, so there was no way of getting around developing a high proficiency in relation to grammar and vividness of expression.

The difficulties of having had to teach myself the language turned out to be an advantage in the long-run, as I was forced to think my way through the logic and character of the language and to experiment with different learning methods in order to arrive at a point where I truly "got it". As opposed to having a merely cognitive overview of grammatical paradigms, I "know" this language (Nicht bloss: ich kann, sondern: ich kenne diese Sprache). The auto-didactic route, however, may not be your cup of tea, and if that's the case, I would love to help you improve your German skills.

I hold the students whom I tutor to a high standard, simply out of love for the subject matter, concern for the student's developing abilities, and the realization that there are no grades in life. One either can use a given skill well, or not. That is also the reason why I want to be as hands-on as possible during my tutoring hours. It's idealistic to think that one can entirely avoid deductive methods, but the goal is certainly always to reach proficiency in real-life situations and to put your skills to use.

If you're interested, feel free to contact me and we can discuss things further!
After having spent two years working in a church community in an area of Germany where the general population's facility in English is very low, I know the importance of developing strong communicative skills in a foreign language so that one does not have to rely on English as a kind of safety-net. My work in Germany consisted almost exclusively Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Princeton, NJ 08540
Language:
German

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German

Two years of work in a German-speaking parish (Gornau, Saxony).

Leader of a German reading group for students at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Student Participant: "Arbeitsgemeinschaft" for publication of German theological texts into English (led by Prof. Emeritus Darrell Guder).

Student Participant: Annual Karl Barth Translators' Seminar (Group project to translate the Swiss-German theologian Karl Barth's writings into English for publication by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Publication slated for 2018).

Whitworth University
Theology

Education

Whitworth University (Theology)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Travis will travel within 40 miles of Princeton, NJ 08540.