We invite you to contact each staff member of the Goethe-Institut New York directly. Please refer to the department staff lists to find out who can best assist you. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Residency Program Director Ludlow 38
Program Curator: Visual arts, film, academic programs
Assistant for Cultural Programming and Communication
Ludlow 38 Curatorial Resident 2018
Tel: +1 877 GOETHE-1 (toll-free within the USA)
Tel: +1 212 4398688
Fax: +1 212 4398705
Director Language Program
Deputy Executive Director
Tel.: +1 212 4398719
Language Program Officer
Tel.: +1 212 439 8685
Language Program Officer
Tel.: +1 212 439 8685
Tel.: +1 212 439 8683
Tel.: +1 212 439 8704
Before moving from the Bavarian Alps to New York City, I worked as a speech and language pathologist, specializing in neurological diseases and helping patients who lost their ability to speak. I hold a Master’s degree in Speech Therapy. I am also a certified teacher of German as a foreign language. I love music and have been playing the harp for almost 30 years. Connecting and learning about other cultures enriches and expands my vision of the world.
I grew up in the southern city of Stuttgart and studied at the University of Tübingen. I obtained my teaching degree in German and English with a focus on literary studies, linguistics, and education. Beginning in my first semester, I worked as an assistant in the department for German as a Foreign Language at the university and discovered my passion for teaching my mother tongue. Since then I have been following this passion and worked at different institutions in both the USA and Germany. The most fascinating aspect of teaching German is the combination of Lehren (teaching) and Lernen (learning) – for both my students and me. Learning a language takes you on an enriching journey that does not end in the classroom.
|Shila Rahmani Coutard
I grew up in the beautiful city of Heidelberg, a college town in southwest Germany. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in education and have attended relevant training and internships to qualify as a teacher of German as a Foreign Language. I have gained experience and valuable expertise by teaching German to adults with migrant backgrounds and also by working with K-12 students, both in Germany and in New York City. Growing up bilingual, I learned early in life that speaking a language is more than just knowing its grammar. Speaking a new language is opening a gate to a new exciting world, a new culture, its people and their stories. I believe the key to successful learning is the interaction between cognition and emotion. I like to offer my students a fun, joyful and yet professional learning environment where we can learn beyond a language.
|Vincent de Jong
I grew up between the North Sea, the Rhein, and dike - near the Dutch city of Arnhem. It is so close to the German border that the trip to the German gas station (where the gas was and is considerably cheaper) has a firm place in my childhood memories. Naturally, we always took our camper on the Autobahn when going on vacation.
Later, the cities of Vienna and Berlin left an impression on me. In Vienna, I conquered the German language, which granted me access to books and theater stages. I finally decided to turn away from the Dutch book trade and to instead perfect my German in Berlin. In the course of my studies of German language and literature, I also had my first experiences with German as a foreign language (DaF), and took the opportunity to teach abroad in Yekaterinburg and Tehran.
And now the multicultural, multilingual metropolis of New York...anyone who wants to share their language and culture here has the most competition you could imagine! But I am not deterred by the challenge - I would like to show you that Mark Twain was wrong when he said that a gifted person ought to learn English in thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German in thirty years. I myself am proof to the contrary.
I was raised in Berlin, but lived in a beautiful city named Passau (in Bavaria) for 6 years. In Passau, I did my degree in Media Studies, focusing on German literature and German film. In 2012 I started working as a lecturer and research assistant at the university, at the chair for Media Education. I also taught German courses for different groups of foreign students and refugees in 2012-2015. What I love about teaching language courses is the story behind each learner’s motivation. I want to help my students to enjoy not only the language, but his or her intercultural experience.
I grew up in the historic city of Würzburg and lived in Berlin for 11 years, where I worked in the advertisement field. I hold degrees in Business Psychology and in Translation (English and Spanish). In 2012 I started teaching German to international students and artists. I enjoyed working as a German teacher and, therefore, started organizing group conversation as well as individual classes. It is a pleasure for me to teach German, and always a rewarding experience, when I can help my learners to make progress. In 2013 I decided to move to New York City. This place fascinates me because of its unique cultural structure and layered diversity. I am happy to help people here, to open the door to the wonderful German language and its rich culture.
I was born and raised in the heart of Siberia, in the place called Gorniy Altay, where most people grow up bilingual. We speak Altaian and Russian. After I was introduced to the German language in the 5th grade I developed the interest in it and grew fond of the new language. So I decided to become a German language teacher. After I graduated from the Tomsk State University I continued developing my German language skills in Munich. Three years later I returned to my home country and worked as a German language teacher at a school, in college and at the university level. Starting from 2017 I have been exploring the amazing and astonishing world of New York City, which accommodates a variety of different cultures and foreign languages. My philosophy of life is “learning another language is not only a matter of learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think altogether.”
I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia. Because of my love to languages I decided to study German and English in St. Petersburg and Berlin. After graduation I worked as a teacher of German as a foreign language in Russia, Germany and Vietnam. I’ve been teaching German at the Goethe-Institute since 2010 and I am more than happy to be teaching in New York since December 2015. My goal is to help my students not only learn a new language, but also get to know the culture better and enjoy the learning process.
I am from Polotsk, an old Belarusian town in the north of Belarus. I graduated from the University of Polotsk with a diploma as a teacher of German and English. During my studies, i spent almost a year in Germany. After earnig my Master’s degree in Philology (German literature) I worked at the Polotsk State University as a university teacher of German. In 2012 i moved to New York. In February 2017 i started my advanced training as a teacher of German as a foreign language at the Goethe-Institut New York. I find the best after teaching is, if my students can take from the classroom something out: a pice of German culture, a new idea, a new skill ... I try to put my heart and soul into the teaching and i help with pleasure my course participants with their language learning. It is very important to me if my students enjoy learnig and show their minor and major successes.
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