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
Educational Liaison Officer
Tel.: +1 212 439 8704
I am from Hamburg, a port city in the north of Germany where I did my Master's degree in Social and Economic History. After working several years in the field of press relations and corporate communications, I began training as a teacher of German as a foreign language in 2016. In addition to German and English, I speak Turkish, Portuguese and a little French. So, I am passionate about languages and their importance for intercultural understanding. In 2016 I moved to New York and I am still fascinated by this multicultural city - the perfect base to learn and make use of languages. My goal is to teach German in a way that is motivating and fun for my learners.
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.
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 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.
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