“Another Teacher? Oh please not!”
The word “teacher” reminds many people of bad grades, boring subjects and strict teachers, basically: of school. So let me introduce myself: Hallo! I am Ania, not your German teacher, but rather your German friend. 🙂 I will take your hand and make German language fun for you. Not too much grammar, but rather games and teaching methods which will make learning much easier for you. German is not an easy language. It’s hard for students and also (you might not believe it!) for teachers. The problem is that simply teaching grammatical rules, which often can be said to be “boring”, can lead language students to become frustrated and bored with their learning efforts. My goal is it to break down the German language into very small pieces and to present these pieces in an entertaining way so that students can swallow and digest these pieces, one at a time, slowly, but thoroughly.
First of all, I have a confession to make: My real name isn’t Ania. It’s Anja, with a “j”. Since people from all over the world tend to pronounce “Anja” in all kind of funny ways, but not the right one, I chose to be “Ania” instead, which hopefully makes it easier for you guys. 😉
What else can I tell you about myself? Maybe that I play football. And that I also speak French and Spanish. In Mexico my friends always called me “Ania de Alemania” (“Ania from Germany”) because it rhymes and sounds funny. What else? Alright: I lived in Thailand (in Chiang Mai) for one year. I also lived in 3 other countries so far: the USA (1 year), Mexico (half a year) and France (1 year).
My teaching approach is simple and consists of 2 words: Interaction and Immersion. I motivate my students to involve as much as possible: By commenting and repeating what I say in my Youtube-Videos and by interacting with me in Google Hangouts and on Skype. Just as Confucius said:
”Tell me, and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand.” – Confucius
Another 2 key factors of my teaching style are repetition and fun. The more you repeat words, sentences and patterns, the better you will get in a language. The more fun you have learning a language, the easier it will enter your heart. This is not only true for kids, but also adults.
I have one more confession to make: I have never studied education. However, I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business, a TEFL certificate and I’ve had experience as a teacher for about 5 years, private and in class(mostly during my stays in other countries). Also, I am currently completing a DAF (“Deutsch als Fremdsprache”/ German as a Foreign Language) certificate of the Goethe-Institut, which is an international qualification for German teachers. And probably most importantly, I have something which no certificate in the entire world can buy: A true passion for teaching.
So why do I love teaching? I love seeing my students improve, building great relationships with them and finding new methods that make learning German more fun and easier than in the traditional way. Teaching is one of the greatest ways to improve our world, or as Nelson Mandela put it:
”Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”
Now! Enough talking! Have you checked out my videos yet? Or you interested in taking private lessons of German with me? Or do you want to be my favorite student in the world and support me? Whatever you do, I wish you: Viel Glück beim Deutschlernen! Good luck learning German!
Danke und bis bald! Thanks and see you soon!
Deine Ania 🙂 🙂 Yours, Ania