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Nico J.

New York, NY

$65/hour

Certified German teacher and native speaker

Background check passed as of 6/26/15
5.0 average from 66 ratings
Excellent, patient tutor
— Keith, New York, NY on 8/19/15

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University of Cologne, Germany
Teaching and Education
University of Cologne, Germany
Master's

Education

University of Cologne, Germany (Teaching and Education)

University of Cologne, Germany (Master's)

About Nico

I hold a Master’s degree in teaching and education from the University of Cologne. I graduated in 2008 and taught German, Social Science, and Geography at Kurt-Tucholsky-Gesamtschule-Krefeld and Julius Leber Sekundarschule Berlin for the following seven years.

In June of 2015 I moved from Berlin to Manhattan and started offering private German tutoring services in the NYC area for all levels and contexts: professional, personal, etc. I love to teach and am excited to help students reach their German language goals! :-)

I use my understanding of each student’s method of learning to creatively cater to his or her individual needs. I studied under Professor Kersten Reich at University of Cologne, where I was influenced by the philosophies of John Dewey and constructivist teaching methods and I enjoy using a lot of these methods for my lessons.

What are your goals?

My one-on-one German lessons focus on each student’s needs and goals. The following descriptions of learning levels will help you to classify your own level. They also help me organize the teaching process so that I can create useful material. While these levels are helpful guides, they are just suggestions; I am very flexible in my teaching and will make sure the student is reaching his or her goals.

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Basic 1 Grammar:
The Basic 1 level focuses on the basic development of grammar skills. By the end of this level, students will be able to create everyday expressions and basic phrases. Students will build basic vocabulary and listening skills while developing a foundation in German grammar.
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Basic 2 Listening / Speaking:
The Basic 2 level focuses on the development of listening and speaking skills. While developing these verbal skills, students will continue to build vocabulary and extend their grammar skills. By the end of this level, students will be able to understand German sentences and frequently used expressions related to common topics (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
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Advance:
The Advanced level focuses on the development of conversation and communication skills. Conversation topics are drawn from articles, movies, TV shows, culture, etc. During the lessons students will also extend their skills in grammar and vocabulary.
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Konversation 1
Das Level Konversation 1 richtet sich an Deutschlerner, die bereits über genügend passive Sprachkenntnisse verfügen, um die Sprache zu konsumieren, sie aber noch nicht ausreichend anwenden können, um sich im Gespräch sicher zu verständigen.
Die Gesprächsthemen orientieren sich am Alltag und den Bedürfnissen des Schülers/ Studenten. Es werden ausserdem weiterführende Gramatikregeln erarbeitet und der Wortschatz erweitert.
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Konversation 2
Das Level Konversation 2 richtet sich an Deutschlerner, die sich im Alltag bereits sicher verständigen können. Das Ziel des Kurses ist es die Sprachkenntnisse zu perfektionieren.
Gesprächsthemen können je nach Interesse des Schülers/ Studenten aus den Bereichen Gesellschaft, Politik, Erdkunde und Unterhaltung stammen.
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My rates are negotiable!
I hold a Master’s degree in teaching and education from the University of Cologne. I graduated in 2008 and taught German, Social Science, and Geography at Read more

Policies
Cancellation
1 hour notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 30 miles of New York, NY 10001
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent, patient tutor"

- Keith, New York, NY on 8/19/15

"Patient and Encouraging"

- Victoria, New York, NY on 5/9/16

"Great tutor"

- Allison, New York, NY on 2/26/16

"Awesome!"

- Courtney, New York, NY on 2/6/16

"Dedicated and Skilled Tutor"

- Robert, New York, NY on 12/9/15

"Challenging and Accommodating"

- Brendan, Wyckoff, NJ on 9/6/15
Language:
German

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Geography

I had been studying geography teacher training at University of Cologne for about 6 years. I did graduate in 2008. I taught Geography from 2008 to 2015 at middle school and high school in Germany.

German

I am a native speaker and have been teaching German for the past 8 years at middle school and high school. I tutor German since June 2015.

Political Science

During my studies for Social Science, Political Science was an important part of my major. Since graduating with A grades in 2008 I have been teaching Political Science at middle school and high school.

Social Studies

I studied Social Science teacher training from 2002 to 2008 at University of Cologne and graduated with A Grades. Since then i have been teaching it at middle school and high school. The main focus of my studies was on Gender Studies.

University of Cologne, Germany
Teaching and Education
University of Cologne, Germany
Master's

Education

University of Cologne, Germany (Teaching and Education)

University of Cologne, Germany (Master's)

Excellent, patient tutor — Nico is extremely patient, particularly when teaching you to speak and think in German. He also challenges you when he sees that you are progressing with each lesson. I highly recommend him for folks at any level. ...

— Keith, New York, NY on 8/19/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 1 hour notice required

Travel policy

Nico will travel within 30 miles of New York, NY 10001.