Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen meiner Welt.

The limits of my language are the limits of my universe.

(Ludwig Wittgenstein)

 

Our German Leadership Team


Kristin Heiland: Teacher for German and Spanish as a Foreign Language

 

Kristin is a native of Mainz and has her master`s degree in French and Spanish Philology as well as an additional qualification in German as a foreign language from the University of Mainz.  Her teaching experience range from two years at a German school in Chile, as well as several years as a course instructor  in DAAD summer courses in Chile and Uzbekistan. Her love of travel and foreign cultures is seen and experienced in and outside her classes. Kristin employs her deep interest and desire to connect and learn from people from other countries and cultures. She does this by engaging with students and colleagues alike to facilitate and organize extracurricular activities outside the classroom. This, in turn, enhances the students' exposure to the German culture.

 

Christina Maria Ersch: Teacher for German as a foreign language

 

Christina received her bachelor's degree in German and Scandinavian Studies from the University of Växjö in Sweden and her master's degree in German as a foreign language from University of Mainz. In addition, Christina is in the process of getting her Doctorate degree from The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in the field of university didactic or academic instruction on the subject "competence acquisition through competence awareness".

In 2013, she was admitted to the German Immigration Test (DTZ) as an examiner and regularly take exams. 

Christina loves the challenge to inspire people of diverse backgrounds to learn the German language in a creative way. Her students love the variety of tools and techniques that she incorporates in every class, so the students are always engaged.

Laura Leyendeckers: Teacher for German as a foreign language

 

Laura obtained her bachelor's degree in Leipzig and her master's degree in German as a foreign language from the University of Mainz. She has experience working in literacy courses, A1-to-C1 DaF courses, TestDaF and DSH exam preparation courses, and in nursing-related courses. 

Following on Annett's belief that the environment and culture of the school, is equally important as the rigour of LanguageKult language programs, Laura emphasizes in her classes a structured and disciplined approach to teaching that works to bring a good mix for all.

Elisabete Barroso: Teacher for German and Portuguese as a Foreign Language 

 

Elisabete studied Romanic languages (French and Portuguese) and comparative literature in Mainz. She has her master's degree in German as a Foreign Language also in Mainz.

Her experiences included a year in Portugal at a school near Lisbon. Elisabete is committed to ensuring that the students are provided with all the tools they need to succeed in their examinations and beyond. She does this by ensuring the provision of an outstanding educational experience through a process of reflective review, training, and development.

Xenia Wasilew: Teacher for German as a Foreign Language 

 

Xenia attained her master's degree in German as a Foreign Language at the University of Mainz. 

Xenia believes in creating transformative experiences for the students. She sees each group and each participant unique and builds on her previous experience on mediation so that the students can achieve their goals. This makes each course a unique language learning experience, where every step and every challenge mastered is a joy for everyone involved.

Sara-Inken Hanß: Teacher for German as a foreign language

 

Sara is a native of Mainz, so a real "Menzer girl".  She holds a Master of Education in German and History and an MA in German as a Foreign Language from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz.

Sara joined LanguageKult in 2015 and her passion and enthusiasm for teaching German as a foreign language shows in every class she teaches. In her classes, the students get a real feel of the German culture and more specifically the Mainzer culture. She incorporates in her classes her knowledge of History that gives the students a broader cultural perspective of Germany far beyond the confines of a typical language class.

Silvia Magdinez: Teacher of German as a foreign language

 

Silvia acquired her Master of Education in German and Russian and an MA in German as a Foreign Language.

Coming from an Education background, Silvia adjusts her classes to the needs of the students. Her specialty lies in bringing young adults or teenagers to focus on the importance of language learning. Her approach to teaching is a mastery (task-involving) motivational style where she emphasizes a self-referenced improvement and effort from the students and the success is defined as improving the students' personal best achievements.

Gözde Kirmizielma: Teacher of German as a foreign language

 

Gözde has a bachelor's degree in Linguistics and French and then later obtained her master's degree in German as a Foreign Language from the University of Mainz. 

Gözde is of Turkish descent and born in Hessen. Her specialty lies in bringing a cultural bridge between other cultures and the German culture by giving the students a thorough knowledge of the language. She shows the students the beauty of the German language, that with the vocabularies and their proverbs, they carry a lot of feelings and indicate attitudes. She bestows on her students the knowledge that through language, a culture can be understood more deeply. 

Sevil Caliskan: Teacher of German as a foreign language

 

Sevil acquired her bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Landau and her master's degree in German as Foreign Language from the University of Mainz.

Her strength lies in keeping her students animated in her classes by using a very interactive approach to teaching. She creates games so that the students are all participating and having fun while learning. She also organizes extracurricular activities with her students that can facilitate their deeper understanding of the German culture.

Tessa Deiß: Teacher for German as a foreign language

 

Tessa is another native of Mainz. She acquired her bachelor's degree in British Studies and is currently taking her master's degree in German as a Foreign Language from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz.

Tessa utilizes various tools to keep the students motivated and engaged in the German language.

Nina Jehle: Teacher for German as a foreign language

 

Nina has a bachelor's degree in French and Administration from Konstanz University and is currently in the process of completing her master's degree in German as a foreign language from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. 

Before moving to Mainz, Nina spent the last five years in Antalya, Turkey where she taught German as a lecturer at Akdeniz University.

Her strength lies in simplifying the course materials, so each student has an easier grasp of the German language. She has a way of explaining why certain Grammatical rules exist in the German language so that the Grammar part becomes more interesting for the students. The students describe her classes lively, fun, and interesting.