My teaching method is a solid balance between theory and practice. The Dutch curriculum is based on a wide variety of sources: language books, articles from the Internet, TV programmes, photographs, maps and more. Carefully composed handouts are a key supplement to mainstream course books. All materials are written specifically to meet the needs of each group of students.
More recently I have added online video to the curriculum. Homework tasks are set around watching online videos, complete with transcriptions and questions about the video. Click here for a sample of an online video for one of my Dutch lessons: www.uitzendinggemist.nl.
More and more, I am also incorporating Elearning into my teaching programme. In my classes you will also learn about the wonderful apps we have at our disposal to help learn vocabulary. Try Quizlet.com. It’s a wonderful app which you can use on iOS as well as Android. Have all the words you need to learn on your laptop, smartphone or tablet and practice your Dutch or English vocabulary on the go.
A Mind Map of the English tenses.
A successful lesson is entertaining and engaging! Formerly I was an artist and over the years I have developed a highly visual approach to my teaching practice. My board work is always full of visual hooks and memory aids to help you understand how the language works. Below is an example of a Mind Map I drew, that looks at 4 uses of the Dutch word Er. My video also gives you a good idea of how I use the whiteboard. Find it here.