It is through language that we learn about the world. The main focus of language learning, therefore, should not predominantly focus on grammatical structures which are either right or wrong. But rather on understanding language learning as an ongoing process through which we learn about and interact with the world. Depending on the speakers level of proficiency, after being equipped with the basic grammatical structures and vocabulary, language learning should focus on getting confident in ones own conversation skills and personal interests, other than language itself. The learner should be prepared to inform him/herself and to communicate with others in a foreign language about topics of interest, rather than mindlessly reproducing memorized standard phrases like "Guten Tag. Wie geht es Ihnen heute?". In other words: Language learning should be fun and interesting.
Therefore, instead of sticking to one particular method, I'd prefer to tailor lessons around the individuals skill level, interests, and learning preferences. Most importantly create an awareness that you don't have to learn a language before you can use. But rather understanding language as a set of tools which gets larger and better only as we use it.
I studied Applied Linguistics & Translation and British Literature & Culture Studies at the University Leipzig (also 3 years of Philosophy at FSU Jena:), now I am working as an 'Outdoor Pursuits Instructor' in Wales. In Leipzig I have worked as an English tutor for A-Level students, for about 3 months before I came to the UK.
I only recently relocated to Cardiff, to learn about Welsh culture and hopefully start a life here. I have a lot of work experience in fields with a strong focus on communication and customer service.
In University I have acquired writing skills, computer literacy, as well as methods, enabling me to research and understand broad topics in short time. I have a BA in 'Applied Linguistics and Translation'. In this course I learned the basics of working as a translator, editing, and proofreading. I'm fluent in German and English, and have basic knowledge of Russian and Farsi. I am aware that sixteen years at university do not exactly paint the picture of an overachiever, but I enjoyed being in a learning environment and I actually studied for the sake of learning and personal progression, instead of just getting certificates.
since 2019 Outdoor Pursuits Instructor (Self Employed)
2018 Private Tutor (English)
2017-2018 Service and Trainer at an Indoor Rock Climbing Facility (No
since 2013 Raftguide, Kayaking Instructor, Surfing Instructor (Kanupark
2006-2007 Taxi Driver (City Taxi Greiz)
2005-2006 Scientific Assistant at the University Library of the FSU Jena
2007 – 2018 Universität Leipzig
2012 – 2018 MA English Literature and Cultural Studies
MA thesis in literature studies: “Down and Out in Oceania
– George Orwell on
Politics, Chess, and (the English) Language” (investigates
Orwell's opinions on the relation between language and
epistemes, and puts this into a broader context of history
2009 - 2010 Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh (School of Management
2007 – 2011 BA Applied Linguistics and Translation (En-De)/
Philosophy/ Musicology/ Sociology/
Communication and Media Studies/ Political Science
BA Thesis (WS10/11): Translating Philosophy
2003 – 2006 Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena
Philosophy/ Political Science/ American Literature/ Social
and Economic History
Languages: German (Native Speaker), English (C2), Russian (A2),
Hobbies: Music, White Water Sports, Rock Climbing, Basketball,
General Interest in Culture
(Literature, Fine Arts, Cinematography, Sciences),
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