Our Teachers

All of us are experienced teachers who for many years have taught German as foreign language on all levels with great motivation and enthusiasm. Part of our work has also been giving seminars on teaching methods and intercultural communication.

 

You learn from us - we learn from you
We all love the cooperation and interaction with our students who come from many different countries around the world. Therefore, we understand our profession as an important opportunity to support intercultural understanding between people of different nationalities and different backgrounds, thus contributing to open, tolerant and respectful interaction with each other.

Heike Baumgärtel

At the University of Heidelberg I studied history, German and English. After my graduation, however, I began my career in another direction. For many years I worked in the crafts and creative field. In 2010, postgraduate studies on German as Foreign Language followed. Since then, I am a passionate teacher. I have been teaching at Goethe Institutes both in Germany (in Freiburg and Frankfurt) and abroad (in Bangalore, India and Manila, Philippines). Immersion in a different culture as well as interaction and exchange with people from other countries I feel as a great personal gain. My former creative profession is now my hobby. In my free time, I also love to spend rainy Sundays with a good book, sunny weekends in nature and cozy evenings with friends.

 

 

 


Franziska Becker

I studied at the University of Mainz and majored in English, General and Comparative Linguistics and French. Since 2005, I've been a teacher for German. For the last 6 years, I've worked for the Goethe Institute in Frankfurt and regularly attended trainings in methodology and didactics.
To me, not only tolerance and intercultural understanding are very important, but also working with people of different ages. I led workshops with young students themed around "open minded thinking regarding different cultures". Two of my favorite movies are "Black Driver / Schwarzfahrer" and "Almanya". I love my job and I enjoy working with people from all over the world. I am calm and patient and I'm willing to explain things ten times.
I like to go to the market and buy delicious cheese and sausage and enjoy it with a nice glass of wine.


Franziska van Elten

 

I come from Cologne and studied German, Romance studies and German as a foreign language in Bonn, Florence and Marburg.

Because I have always enjoyed learning languages and had great language teachers, I decided to also become one myself. I like this sparkle in the eyes of my course participants when they notice: Now I understand that and I can use it.

My studies and profession brought me to Italy, Seweden, Greece and Serbia and finally to Frankfurt. I taught at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and at the Goethe Institutes in Belgrade and Frankfurt.

In my spare time, for example, I like baking and I'm outdoors. You can always meet me on my bike.



Silvia Litzinger

Growing up near Limburg an der Lahn, I moved to Mainz for my studies. There I studied German, politics and economics as well as Russian in the Master of Education and German as a second / foreign language in the Master of Arts.

During and after my graduation I worked at a private language school in Mainz. Now I live in beautiful Frankfurt and enjoy the city of culture to the fullest. As part of many internships both in Germany and abroad, I realized how well I feel when teaching. Especially in the DaF class I like the fact that I can bring the German language and culture closer to those who are interested, but I also always learn something new from other cultures. I enjoy the interaction in the classroom.

In my free time, I always like to do something: I play tennis or badminton, go hiking and walking with my dog, visit museums or read.

 

 


Kerstin Kyra Wagner

From 2011 to 2014 I did my Bachelor in Ethnology and Slavic Studies in Freiburg. In 2015 I taught German as a foreign language for refugees in Freiburg as part of a four-month internship. From 2015 to 2017, I studied the master's program "Intercultural German Studies / German as a Foreign Language" in Göttingen.

Today, I think foreign language acquisition and the associated knowledge of cultures are necessary to develop a better understanding of people.

During my studies, I had the opportunity to take many different language courses. This way, I was able to find inspiration for my own lessons and was made aware of how I could better understand the perspectives of adult language learners. Internal differentiation and the focus on the special needs, goals and wishes of individual learners is important to me. Otherwise, I am interested in politics and I like to do sports in my free time.

 


Eva dos Santos

I studied German at the Goethe University Frankfurt with a focus on linguistics and literature as well as philosophy and art history. Since then, I have been particularly passionate about studying grammatical structures in different languages. I am fascinated by how a thought can be expressed in so many different ways in the languages of this world. That's how I discovered the fascinating world of sign languages during my studies. Since 2012 I have been teaching contrastive linguistics at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, where I teach future sign language interpreters the grammatical differences and similarities between the auditory and the visual language world.

At about the same time, I decided to continue my education as a teacher of German as a foreign language. I enjoy teaching the German language to learners from all over the world in such a way that they feel increasingly confident in communicating in German and also in German culture. What I especially like in class is the interaction between the participants and the variety: no lesson is like the other - there is always a little surprise.

In my free time, I like to cycle with my family and explore Frankfurt and the surrounding area. Otherwise, I like to dance ballet and do yoga.

 


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

In 1765 I started to study law in Leipzig. However, my skills and my passion lie in literature, so I wrote several books, such as the sufferings of young Werther and Faust. I like to exchange ideas with friends about the art of writing and regularly participate in literary training. I see my travels to distant countries like Italy as a chance to find my fulfillment mentally and emotionally in my profession and to live it completely.

 

In my free time I deal with colors, go out into nature or enjoy a glass of cider and Frankfurt green sauce.