I cannot guarantee that you will reach native speaker-like proficiency, but I know that you will enjoy learning German, using a mixture of digital and analogue resources with a focus on having fun.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach conversational and business German, Key Stage 3 and 4, A Level and IBDP German ab initio and German B (, SL and HL), as well as Goethe Zertifikat A1-C2.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a BA and a MA degree. Most importantly for language learners, I am a qualified teacher with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in teaching secondary German (with French and Geography).
- How much do you charge?
I offer a 20-30 min consultation session free of charge to establish your personal learning needs and to suggest/discuss a programme of study.
- Where do you teach?
Living near Bovey Tracey, I am very flexible and can teach at home, but will normally travel to work with you at your preferred location (within reason). However, I might have to charge you an additional fee to cover travel/time if your home is not in the local area.
- When are you available?
The sessions can run between 10am and 6pm. However, I might be able to meet you earlier or later than that - any time between 9am and 8pm. Just get in touch and ask. Most lessons will last 60 minutes, but - depending on individual learners - session can also last longer. I would consider working with you at the weekend, but might ask you to pay an additional charge.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach learners of all abilities and ages.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Using my experience in teaching secondary (Years 7-11) and tertiary (Years 12 and 13) students, I can prepare learners for GCSE (all exam boards), IGCSE, A Level (all exam boards), as well as IBDP German ab inition and German B (SL and HL) exams.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
If you would prefer distance learning, we can use skype or other online apps to run the sessions.
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- What kind of experience do you have?
I have taught German in schools for over 20 years, which included working with individual, small and class-size groups of all ages. Having gained first experience in teaching German while working as a British Council Foreign Language Assistant in East Devon, I decided to follow a career in teaching German at secondary and tertiary level.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a member of the Association for Language Learning (ALL).
• native speaker and 20 years of teaching German KS3, 4 and 5 (A Level and IBDP)
• PGCE Exeter University German (with French and Geography)
• Enhanced DBS checked
• ALL (Association for Language Learning) member
Sonke is a reliable teacher who is always ready for the lesson. His professional attitude makes me feel confident that I receive the best possible knowledge. However, being flexible and fun he makes every lesson an unforgettable experience. He helped me to go through very advanced technical vocabulary in the yachts industry. I recommend Sonke to everyone who is serious about their business language.
Sönke is an extremely likable and personable man. He is always smartly dressed and punctual. When he arrives, he is in a good mood and always well prepared for our lesson. Our lessons are very enjoyable and Sönke finds great ways to engage with me. He doesn't take himself too seriously which I love. If he is prepared to laugh at himself then you don't feel embarrassed about making a mistake as you try to learn. Putting people at ease is such a talent to have and he has it in abundance. He seems to have a multitude of tricks up his sleeve for teaching and utilises many types of media to assist. There are video clips, sound bites, written documents, pictures, cartoons and fun games. I really look forward to our lessons.
Sönke has built both my German language skills and my confidence to use them. His flexible approach keeps you engaged while keeping an eye on the end goal. For me that was to simply converse in German while there on business and holiday. Quickly we got to a stage where I was studying for a Goethe Institut certificate (the German equivalent of the British Council). His ability to deliver face-2-face and virtual lessons helped considerably during the March snow. I would highly recommend Sönke as a German tutor.
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