Language Teacher



From 1994 to 1996 I underwent teacher training at Studienseminar Essen and Immanuel-Kant-Gymnasium Heiligenhaus, passing the Second State Examination for teachers in October 1996. During that period and beyond I also gained valuable experience as a language teacher and cross-cultural communication trainer at the Volkshochschule Essen (adult college) and at Hochtief, Germany’s largest construction company.

From 1996 to 2003 I taught at Berufskolleg Borken, a sixth-form vocational college close to the German-Dutch border. The German Berufskolleg offers the broadest possible experience for language teachers, comprising, as it does, part-time and full-time vocational and academic courses of widely varying kinds. Among other things, I taught business English in the senior classes of the Wirtschaftsgymnasium (grammar school emphasizing business management and economics), technical English at the Technikgymnasium (grammar school emphasizing science and technology) and the Fachschule für Baudenkmalpflege (technical school for heritage skills) as well as French conversation at the Höhere Handelsschule (senior commercial school).


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