I hope the following FAQ will answer all the questions you might have about tutoring classes in scientific German. Feel free to contact me, if there is anything else you would like to know.
Why should you take classes in scientific German?
As a non-native speaker you can take language courses that will help you navigate daily life easily but if you are a scientist the vocabulary in scientific German you need on a professional basis is usually not covered in those general courses. As a former chemist who spent more than four years in England and as a teacher I a here for you tho make sense of the jargon.
What to expect
If you decide to take classes with me, we can choose from my collection of exercises and other teaching materials. Upon your arrival we will first discuss which topics are the most urgent and which questions you need answers to.
I hope the following FAQ will answer all the questions you could have about my classes. Feel free to contact me, if there is anything else you would like to know.
Depending on your requirements and the situation we will:
go through scientific texts in German you have to read and understand
go through scientific texts in German you have to write yourself
go through presentations in German you have to give
practice conversations you might have at work
look at German vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation that you find tricky
Frequently asked questions
What will classes at my place be like?
The structure of classes with me is entirely based on your requirements. it will be helpful if you bring whatever materials you would like to work on understanding better.
I will come to your place if you prefer, provided that you live within a radius of about 10km around Halstenbek. This means you save on travelling time and will always have all your materials on hand. I will also bring additional books and exercises if needed. Upon my arrival we will first discuss which topics are the most urgent and which questions you need answers to.
What will online classes be like?
I use the platform Jitsi. You do not require any login or account for this, just an internet borwser and a working microphone. The use of a camera is optional.
I will send you a link that you click on to enter the chatroom. If you have any (non-confidential) texts that you know you will want to go through, you can email them to me as a pdf or any other type of electronic document. Otherwise we can choose from my collection of exercises. Once we have both entered the chatroom, we will first discuss which topics are the most urgent and which questions you need answers to. If there are notes to be taken, I will share my screen with you. After the lesson, I will convert these notes into a PDF and send it to you for future reference.
What does my hygiene concept include?
There is an air filter in my teaching room for our mutual safety. This way you do not have to worry about bringing a mask to class. For classes at your place I will bring a mask. It is up to you if you want to wear one too or not.
Will the contract duration be fixed?
No, I do not believe in making contracts to run for a fixed number of months. You are free to terminate your contract upon written notice at any time. In my experience a basis of long-term mutual trust is more likely to grow from having flexibility. For example if your goal is to prepare for a special event you will not need a contract for the next six months weighing you down. The new way you will feel about yourself and about learning will be much more solid than a contractual commitment that does not fit your needs.
Will the location for classes be fixed?
Depending on my schedule, we can freely modify the teaching location (my place, your place or online) from one class to the next. The limiting factor on my side could be that it is not possible to fit the journey to your home into my timetable. At the end of the month, I will write up your invoice according to where each class took place.
What should I bring to classes?
Any materials that you want to work on and that are not confidential will be great to bring along. You can bring them on paper, on a USB stick or on a tablet or laptop.