SkypeLanguageSchool is a platform that enables you to connect with a team of experienced, independent language teachers, from wherever you are.
"It is our belief that learning a foreign language does not only help people to better understand each other's cultures and customs, but that it also facilitates to meet up, to exchange ideas and, ultimately, to negotiate a successful business".
Luc Boeke, founder of the SkypeLanguageSchool, has been a part time language teacher since 1995. He became a full time teacher at the University of Amsterdam, when he graduated in Communication Sciences in 1999. From 2001, Luc pursued a Marketing Intelligence and Data Science career that has brought him to international companies in the English, French, Dutch and German speaking countries of Europe.
Since 2017, Luc is based in Switzerland, a 'multi-language' country in the heart of Europe. He works as a certified Skype language tutor at Taaltutor as well.
Sally (Marcelle) Roden. Sally’s language teaching career spans over 25 years. Besides that, her career includes PR and commercial roles in companies with a language and culture ‘ingredient’. Since 2002, Sally is based in Texas.
Sally, a Dutch national, has a Masters in English Language and Literature. Currently, she teaches English and Dutch language and culture, both online and ‘offline’.
Astrid Kogelman is an experienced teacher, focusing on Dutch as a second language. She also teaches English and German. Born in the Netherlands, her mother tongue is Dutch, but she is fluent in English as well as in German. She studied American Studies in the USA, then worked in the publishing industry in Oxford, England for 5 years. She and her family have been living in Trier, Germany for nearly 20 years now, so she has a comprehensive understanding of several languages and cultures. Astrid also enjoys teaching yoga and relaxation to adults and children.
Meret A. Leenders-Brunner is one of our most senior teachers. To introduce her works best in her own words: "I’m looking back on 25+ years of teaching German, English, Spanish and French. I also speak Italian but my grammar is too creative to be able to teach it and I’m currently studying Kichwa (one of the 14 indigenous languages of Ecuador). I’m a certified translator for English and Spanish, a Sveb1 tertiary educator as well as a Montessori pedagogue. I’m fascinated by languages and how they reflect the culture of the place they are spoken in. I grew up in Switzerland and have lived in the United States, Spain, Ecuador and France ."
Itziar Rey Pérez de Pipaon is a professional conference interpreter and a translator, member of AIIC (Association Internationale des Interprètes de Conférence). She studied both Architecture and Translation and Conference Interpretation in Barcelona, her home town, before moving to Rome (Italy), where she became a part-time teacher at the University of Perugia's Scuola Superiore per Interpreti e Traduttori, while working as a conference interpreter for the Italian institutions, the Vatican and the private market in Rome. Back to Barcelona, she got her certificate in Egyptology and moved her professional address to Brussels, where she works for the European institutions. She is trilingual at a mother tongue level (Spanish, Italian and Catalan), and has a near native level in French, a strong English, a good Portuguese and a decent knowledge of German.
Penelope Meijboom-Morgan is a certified language teacher, focusing on teaching English as a foreign language. Since graduating from university in the UK she has worked internationally as an ERP and CRM consultant. Having developed her teaching and coaching skills within the framework of highly complex projects she fully understands the importance of effective communication within a multi-cultural environment.
Penelope is also an avid musician and during the last few years she has greatly enjoyed teaching music to both children and adults.
Lucie Raimbault is a certified French language teacher, with more than 20 years’ experience. She started her teaching career in the UK where she lived for 6 years. Back in France, she coupled her teaching experience with working in the private sector for an international company; an experience that benefited her teaching role in Paris and now Amsterdam as she understands the needs and objectives of her professional students as well as their tight schedules. Lucie strongly believes that learning French can be fun! Her main focus is to adapt to the students, with constant interaction, respecting the students’ learning style and making them feel confident.
Stéphanie van den Hove is a native French speaker from Belgium who loves to share her passion for languages. She studied English and German during her translation studies in Brussels and then pursued a master’s in communication. She spent five years in Luxembourg as a translator for EU institutions and got the chance to meet young people from all over Europe while teaching them French. In 2012, she got the opportunity to move to The Hague in The Netherlands to work for a United Nations war crimes tribunal. While she loves being creative with words in writing, she was also seeking more interactions and decided to focus on her teaching activities: small groups of little children, big groups of teenagers or private classes for adults, with the Alliance française and her own company, Francophanie. Since moving to The Netherlands, she has mastered the Dutch language and is currently studying Spanish. She is also a certified DELF examiner.
She would be happy to introduce you to French or help you improve in the langue de Molière, in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere, adapted to your needs.
She enjoys indie music, cooking and walking in the dunes and on the beach.
Adriana Dorrepaal is a qualified French teacher with a truly international CV. She is a Dutch national who has lived in France for almost a dozen years. Moving to France was a logical choice for her after she obtained a Bachelor degree in French Language and Culture at the University of Utrecht (2005). She has an extensive experience in teaching French, English and Dutch since 2011, both off-line and via Skype. Besides her career as a language teacher, she works as a translator and interpreter.
Adriana loves singing and playing the piano and stays fit and healthy with hockey and yoga.
Delia Silaghi is a certified language trainer with extensive international experience, offline and online, with an amazing track record in corporate language training. She is a certified translator and interpreter authorized to make translation for the European Commission.
In 2020, she set up her own 'language' company as well: "PFA Silaghi Liana Delia".
Delia has been teaching English, French and Italian for more than 10 years now. Having graduated a francophone university, Delia has been developing and implemented French language programs for medical recruiting companies in France.
To use her own words: "What makes my classes special is the teaching technique that I developed throughout the years, so that my customers could fully benefit of my experience and skills. Since a language is a vivid body, my method will immerse you into the culture and civilization of French and Italian people so that you can acquire effective communication skills. You guessed it: teaching languages is my passion. Nevertheless I love dancing, trekking and outdoor activities. Would you fancy flying a kite together?"
Krasimira (Krassie) Ivanova is a certified Teacher of English with more than 30 years of experience with ESL learners at school, college and university, international career in the UK, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. She is a Bulgarian national with Masters degree in English Language and Literature, TESOL and QTS. Krassie has extensive experience at high school and interest in preparation for Cambridge exams. Now she teaches General English and ESP to local and international students at university and corporate clients online. Krassie likes movies, world culture, geography, literature, music and has a good command of Russian.
Karen Shidlo is a certified language teacher and a native English speaker, having spent most of her childhood in the USA and settling in Zurich 5 years ago. After graduating from Pratt Institute in New York with a BFA, her career saw her take on various positions in advertising agencies in New York, London and Zurich, before deciding to change path and focus all of her time on her passion of teaching. Experienced in teaching children, teenagers and adults alike, she also bring business and corporate English experience, teaching employees in insurance companies, banks and investment companies.
Irene van Kimmenade is a qualified and experienced Primary School Teacher and Remedial Teacher. She has completed extra diplomas in different Education levels, including two Masters. While living overseas, she worked for the Dutch Language School, teaching children and adults the Dutch language. She also gained experience working as a Teacher in different parts of the world like Australia and the Caribbean where she worked with children of different cultures and backgrounds.
Over the years Irene gained a lot of experience working at several International Schools teaching expat students Dutch as a second language. Currently she is working as a Distance Education Teacher with Dutch students. In her own words: “I would love to help students who like to learn or improve the Dutch language, at any level. I'm innovative and I keep the lessons interesting and varied.”
Asuka Julia Riedl is an experienced German and Japanese language teacher. She spent her childhood between Japan and Germany, and thus has a native understanding of both cultures. In addition to being both a German and Japanese native speaker, she is highly proficiency in English. Having grown up in two very different cultures, Asuka knows firsthand the importance of understanding and adopting the correct manners. Hence, she always endeavors to teach her students the nuances of not just the language, but also of the country’s culture.
Gerjan Ekenhorst is an experienced Dutch and Spanish teacher and journalist. Among others, he has worked with ABN AMRO, ADYEN and Schiphol Group. Last one and a half year, Gerjan has accompanied about a hundred Dutch and Spanish students. Also, he published a book on the Colombian armed conflict: Colombia: Vrede tegen elke prijs (peace against every price). Gerjan has a bachelor degree in Latin American studies/Spanish and a master degree in Journalism. Both were issued by Leiden University, the oldest university in The Netherlands. Furthermore he is interested in football and music.
Every person or group is unique. That’s why a personal approach is important. The lessons are adjusted to the needs and wishes of every student or group.
Miranda Jacobs (1970) is a qualified teacher Dutch as a second language with an up to date knowledge of how to effectively teach a language. Because she loves her mother tongue Dutch she studied Journalism and completed the study Teacher Dutch as a Second Language. Miranda feels privileged to have opportunities to effect positive change and make a difference to children's lives within education as a teacher Dutch at the International School of Geneva, Ecolint (primary and secondary school). Mother tongues are fragile and easily lost in early years when children are not in their home country. Teachers have an important role to play in maintaining their mother tongue!
In 2014 she emigrated with her husband from the Netherlands to Switzerland and lives in the beautiful small village Chaumont at 1200 meters altitude in canton Neuchatel.
Rongyan Xie is a certified translator and interpreter for Swiss authorities at communal, cantonal and federal levels. She studied and worked in China before she came to Switzerland. Before she became a full-time translator, she was employed as a consultant and project manager by Swiss companies. Fifteen years ago, she got the C2 certificate of Goethe-Institute. Rongyan’s highest education is Master of Advanced Studies in Business Administration in Switzerland. Due to her high education level in both countries and her business experiences in cross-culture field she is very strong in teaching Business Chinese or German.
She has been a part-time Chinese language teacher in Switzerland.
Bernadett Sándor has been a part time English tutor for almost 5 years. During this period, she has mostly taught adults and adolescents, delivering them private and group lessons with different objectives of developing their language skills or passing a particular language exam. Typically, Bernadett’s classes are focused on building an active knowledge, as they are centered around speaking, building an active vocabulary (integrated into context and speaking) and grammar with the goal of freedom of self-expression in mind. Yet, tailoring the classes to individual needs and goals play a great part in creating her course plans. Bernadett also speaks Hungarian, as it is her mother tongue, and has some experience teaching French as a foreign language, too.
Besides her career as a language tutor, she works in the field of digital marketing, and loves to spend her free-time doing a variety of sports like hiking and skiing, and reading books on mindfulness.
Cristian Caruso is a certified trainer with extensive training experience in Italy and abroad, offline and online. He is graduated in Philosophy with a final thesis on "George Orwell" and Clinical and Community Psychology at University of Bologna. He worked as a tutor at the academic level and he currently teaches Communication Psychology in a professional academy. He is involved in orientation, career services and placement in public schools and training centers.
Cristian is interested in planning linguistic stays for adults and young people. He is referee for a telematic University in Rome. His teaching style is based on "learner-centered", according to students' needs.
Cristian likes movies, pets, history, geography. He practices yoga and mindfulness. He loves traveling and so he works as consultant in a travel agency. He currently attends a course for Sommelier. His motto: "If you are happy when you study, you learn easier."
Berry de Man got her pedagogical academy degree (PABO) in the Netherlands, but is nowadays living in Italy. She is since then trilingual, as she speaks Italian and English fluently.
Berry developed an international, corporate career as a secretary, besides her work as Dutch and English language teacher.
Ditta Gabriella Balog has been a language teacher for many years, living in Hungary and teaching English and Hungarian for students. She has been very keen on languages since her childhood and has always wanted to be a language teacher. She graduated at Teachers' Training College (the University of Szeged) in Hungary as a certified teacher. Now, she is into online teaching, but also teaching personally and at schools.
Myrna Garza is currently getting certified to be digital tutor and she chose languages, as her passion is effective communication and technology. She is Mexican, Spanish is her mother tongue. She currently speaks four languages of which fluently French, as she got a Master in Paris and she worked and lived for 15 years in France.
Myrna has experience in business development in the IT industry. She is also an entrepreneur and works to achieve her professional goals. Besides that, she likes to help others to achieve theirs, which is why she likes to work as a trainer and tutor.
Anja Bjelić is an English tutor who is currently studying Comparative Literature at the University of Novi Sad. Although she is just starting up her career as a language professional, Anja has already two years of face to face teaching experience. She has been teaching English online to Asian students as well, since January 2019, for the Academic Online Society.
Languages played an equally important role in Anja’s secondary education at the
Karlovci Grammar School (Karlovačka gimnazija), where she learned Spanish, her third language after Serbian and English. To put it in her own words: “Languages are my true passion and I thrive to expand my knowledge in this particular area”. Her other interests are history, music, and arts.
Ilija Jakiša is the social media co-ordinator for the SkypeLanguageSchool Instagram page. He is 19 years old and has recently finished grammar school, but his interest in social media has led him on this path. He is currently taking a gap year, but is planning to study English and Spanish in the upcoming academic year. In his free time he likes to learn new languages and spend time with his friends and family. His main goal is to travel the world someday.
Wisam Deuge is a true ‘international’ who has lived in Iraq and the Netherlands, he speaks Arabic, Turkish, Turkmen and a (quickly improving!) Dutch. In his career, a number of commercial and not-for-profit roles can be found. When Wisam came to live in the Netherlands, his remarkable language profile convinced officials in the local administration to engage him as an interpreter. At SkypeLanguageSchool, Wisam is an assistant teacher.
Here is a videoclip on 10 of our tutors, introducing themselves to you, in May 2020:
Upon request, copies of diplomas and certificates of our teachers can be submitted.
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Currently, we are looking for tutors for the German and Russian languages. For English, we are fully staffed.
SkypeLanguageSchool is registered at the Zürich Handelsregister under number CHE-202.113.171.