SkypeLanguageSchool.net is a platform that enables you to connect with a team of experienced, independent language teachers, from wherever you are. We believed in "online" teaching from the start of the company in 2019, before everybody else did.
"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".
In the first year after its foundation, in Summer 2019, SkypeLanguageSchool.net has supported professionals and students from 4 continents and 26 different nationalities.
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.
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 and 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 ."
Krasimira (Krassie) Ivanova is a certified Teacher of English with more than 30 years of experience with ESL learners at school, college and university. Her international career brought her to 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.
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.
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.
Ivana Lozo is a qualified and experienced French and Russian teacher. She graduated French and Russian language and literature in 2009 and has been teaching since then at universities, foreign language schools, tutoring both live and online. Passionate about travelling and her homeland Croatia, she's also an experienced tour guide in French, English and Russian, specialized in cultural and natural heritage. Currently, as a PhD student in semiotics she is doing the research of typography and naming in tourism advertising.
Lina Ashlak is a young and very talented native German speaker who is currently studying Psychology at the TU Braunschweig. Even though she was born and raised in Germany, she has a Russian and Arabic background. In addition to her native German tongue, she has learned to speak both Russian and Arabic fluently, through her parents.
Lina has a remarkable experience teaching German to students of all ages and backgrounds, including many refugees from Syria who migrated to Germany a few years ago. In addition to that, she tutored junior students for many years in subjects like German, Latin and Math. She is very passionate and dedicated to achieve long lasting results and academic success for her students.
A very formative experience was, when Lina had the chance to teach a year abroad in the USA and got to work at a school for children with special needs. She was able to combine her passion for teaching and helping others with her academic interest in psychology. She taught them not only skills needed for school, but also for life and social interaction.
Overall, Lina is a very social, outgoing and compassionate person who loves to teach others and share her knowledge. She takes great care to always adapt her lessons to the
individual needs of her students for the best results.
Stefanie Verena Weisz is a certified and experienced German teacher and linguist. After a few years teaching in different universities in various countries and working freelance as a translator, ghost-writer, and journalist, she is now working on her PhD and teaching students online. She could already gather online teaching experience working with students from renowned companies, like UniCredit Group, Bank Austria, and Google. One of Stefanie´s favourite past times ist studying new languages, so she knows languages from trainer and student side and is happy to help you improve your language skills.
Rahel Roth is a certified Spanish and English teacher for high schools. However, currently, she's working as a language teacher for German, Swiss German and Spanish. Languages are a big part of her life and she loves to share her passion with her students. No matter at what rhythm you're advancing, the important thing is to feel comfortable and supported in your learning.
Kathrin Erni is a Swiss tutor focusing on teaching the Swiss German dialect, German and French. Kathrin and her husband run a small family language school abroad. She has a flair for languages. Having grown up in Fribourg, between different dialects, and in a bilingual town, she herself speaks a mix of Bern- Lucerne- and Züri- German. She has a very conversational approach to language learning and loves to meet other people. For her, it's important that the language you learn is filled with topics relevant to your life.
A remarkable year in her life was her experience as a volunteer in Liverpool, where she got to chance to work with elderly people.
Berry de Man got her pedagogical academy degree (PABO) in the Netherlands, but is nowadays living in Italy. She is trilingual, speaking Dutch, Italian and English fluently.
Berry developed an international, corporate career as a secretary, besides her work as Dutch and English language teacher. Since June 2020, Berry is working as well as an online tutor Dutch at the Eszett Business Language Services.
Itziar Rey Pérez de Pipaon is a professional conference interpreter and a translator, and since 2016 a 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 in 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.
Sjoerd Schepel's motto is: "You don’t really learn until you like something".
Sjoerd finished his Bachelor of Education at the University of Applied Sciences at the Hanzehogeschool Groningen (NL) in 2012 and started his career as a teacher.
From 2014 to 2020, Sjoerd has been working abroad as a teacher in Curacao. In his role as a confidant teacher of the school, Sjoerd was taught how to respond to children’s needs and find interfaces and mediate between students, parents and other teachers. In his 10 years of professional career as well as with the execution of different extracurricular activities, Sjoerd gained important communication skills and experience in working with children from different backgrounds and children with diverse and special needs.
Sjoerd is based in Zurich since January 2021, as he wanted to relocate to Europe.
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’.
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 Masters 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 interaction 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?"
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 proficient in English. Having grown up in two very different cultures, Asuka knows first hand 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.
Kateryna Pokryshko is an experienced Russian and Ukrainian language teacher. Being a native speaker of both languages, she likes to keep lessons exciting, showcasing fascinating features of Russian and Ukrainian culture, history, and lifestyle. Kateryna has also achieved fluency in English. Before starting her career at SkypeLanguageSchool.net, she worked as a private English language tutor for kids and a part-time teacher at a language school. Outside of teaching, she has a job in the field of communications and likes to spend her spare time cooking, traveling, and learning about nutrition.
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 educational level in both countries and her business experiences in the cross-cultural field, she is very strong in teaching Business Chinese or German. Rongyan is currently working as a part-time Chinese language teacher in Switzerland as well.
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 centred 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 has 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 centres.
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-centred", according to students' needs.
Cristian likes movies, pets, history, geography. He practices yoga and mindfulness. He loves traveling and also works as a consultant in a travel agency. He currently attends a course for Sommelier. His motto: "If you are happy when you study, you learn easier."
Myrna Garza is currently getting certified to be a digital tutor. She originally chose languages, as her passion is effective communication and technology. She is Mexican, Spanish is her mother tongue. She currently speaks four languages, including French at the C-level, 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.
Yakup Yaşar is a certified teacher for Turkish as a foreign Language. He has been teaching Turkish, both online and offline. Besides being native speaker in Turkish, Yakup is fluent in Kurdish and English and has a basic command of German. Yakup has been living in Turkey since 2000. He graduated in English Language and Literature at the academic level.
Yakup currently also works as a corner writer in a magazine called Palto, to publish his Turkish poems and his master thesis. He has published his first short story named “Yatılı Okulda İlginç Olaylar” (Strange Things at Dormitory School) in July 2020. He is passionate about both Turkish and English novels and short stories.
Jasmine Unruh is a licensed teacher for English, French, German and Swiss German. She has always been very passionate about languages and therefore started diving deeper into language learning in her early youth and added Spanish, Standard Arabic and Biblical Hebrew to her list of languages which she learned autodidactically. In later years, she then got several language certificates for these languages by the University of Zurich (Standard Arabic; Biblical Hebrew) as well as by the EF international language school in Málaga (Spanish).
Having a Bachelor’s Degree in Pedagogy, Jasmine has many years of tutoring and teaching experience throughout all age groups and in different cultural groups (Swiss kids, Israeli youth, adult Eritrean refugees and many more). Born in Switzerland, married to a Hispanic-American and living in the US gives away the fact that she lives a multi-lingual daily life. When it comes to pedagogy and didactics, she always attempts to find out the individual needs and preferences of her students in order to then create lessons to their liking and with the best possible outcome regarding their language learning process.
Anja Bjelić is an IELTS certified English tutor who is currently studying Comparative Literature at the University of Novi Sad. Anja has over two years of face to face teaching experience and she has been teaching English online to Asian students 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.
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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