Information About Dagmar - Birmingham teacher - (17 reviews)
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I am a native German speaker and have lived with my English husband and 3 teenage boys in south Birmingham for over 20 years. My profession is Social Work and I have been part time employed by a local authority in Childrens' Services for the same period. I have always enjoyed working with children and over the years had many opportunities to also teach children and adults in formal and informal settings.
I love to travel and to be able to apply the basics of other European languages which helps get more out of the travel experience in terms of culture and meeting people.
I have an optimistic outlook and I am said to be very enthusiastic and motivated in what I am doing. Due to my professional background I have very good 'people skills' and get on well with 'all sorts'.
I have taken a group of children through their German GCSE's at a local secondary school, which I was told achieved 'better results than ever'. This was a real challenge as I had been 'thrown in the deep end' with the class needing a lot of catching up to be done in limited time. I teach my own children German as a foreign language as we speak primarily English in the family. My oldest son has achieved an A* in his German A2 exam (extra-curriculum) and the C1 Goethe Certificate. He is now able to apply his German language skills in his first employment as an Engineer. My middle son has also achieved an A in his German A2 exam and my youngest son is now taking the new and challenging A2 specification early after gaining an A* in his German GCSE Exam (extra-curriculum).
Over the years I have done a lot of individual and group tutoring, for example supporting students whose confidence had been completely trashed as well as teaching German to a professional couple who love to visit the German speaking countries and who wanted to achieve a recognized qualification.
I have also given lessons in conversational German to an author of a German textbook for business.
I currently have students at beginners and advanced level for different purposes, not all exam related, and I teach conversational German to a group of adults who were looking for something the college did not provide at their level. Increasingly I am also teaching individual professionals who are planning to relocate to Germany shortly and who need to be equipped with 'the basics'. I am currently a Visiting Lecturer at a local University.
For the first time I have just successfully taught a pupil exclusively online via Skype (due to the distance involved).
I am a freelance teacher for a reputable language school in London and have recently provided intensive tuition to an employee from the Foreign Office who has now been dispatched to Berlin.
The approaches I use are as varied as my teaching experiences above, because they always depend on the individual's or group's learning style and the purpose of the sessions. Obviously with school children preparing for exams I am guided by the National Curriculum/Exam Board and concentrate on their weakness in reading, listening, writing and speaking (in my experience often the latter 2!).
Adults might want some sessions to learn the basics of the language or to brush up their knowledge, either to use on holidays or in their job. Intermediates might like conversational sessions to discuss current topics.
Whatever the clientèle, lessons should be enjoyable and delivered in a lively style to be effective. To me the 'back bone' of every language is vocabulary and grammar which I believe I am able to explain very well. I find it very rewarding to see 'light bulbs go on' when people for the first time understand concepts, which they are then able to apply in different contexts. In my view a language has to be alive and useable to be enjoyable. On those grounds Latin is definitely not for me (although I actually achieved the 'Grosses Latinum')!
Additional Languages: English (British), French, Spanish
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- National Open College Network (2012) - PTLLS (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- Birmingham University (2006) - PQ 1 (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- Fachhochschule fuer Sozialwesen in Bochum/Germany (1987) - Diploma ratified as CQSW (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
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My son took German in GCSE. Unfortunately, the school teacher was not simply good enough. Despite in a fee paying school, the German teaching was below par. In the parent-teacher meeting, she advised him that German is tough and an A* is difficult to achieve. My son is a hard worker and one of the top performer in his class. We knew that he could get a good score with proper guidance.
But I really didn't need to worry. Dagmar is absolutely brilliant. Very patient and supportive, and the way the lessons are structured is straight forward and easy to understand. I found it really rewarding when I suddenly realised a few weeks ago just how much I have already learnt in a relatively short space of time.
If I could give 6 stars, I would. Thanks for all your help!
We would recommend Dagmar 100% .
She is helpful and flexible about dates and times and combining sessions with homework which is really appreciated around my work and training schedules.
In case of teaching she has a particular attempts to every single student.At the beginning of the course Dagmar identified my learning needs and created a plan of lessons in order to achieve the level of language i am aiming for. As well as that Dagmar is very flexible and punctual. Always looking forward to our lessons as she is a very pleasant and a lovely teacher.
I highly recommend her to everyone, it doesn't matter whether you want to learn the language from scratch or not as Dagmar is a native speaker and will help to easily pick up the language.
,well organised and very, very patient.
The course of lessons that have been organised to equip me with the basics in this time have been great, while still being flexible on occasions when I've tried to look ahead and have picked up some additional knowledge. Relating to how grammar works in other languages I know has been a huge help too.
Thanks for your time, effort & assistance!