Herzlich Willkommen! Meet the team • Your family at The Language Experience
Helga Weiss, MA director & founder is a native German who spent extensive time living internationally including twenty years in Marin County, San Fransisco Bay area. She taught at Inlingua & Berlitz language schools. She wanted to create a language program that would entirely focus on individual students needs and draw on all learning styles and available teaching techniques. Helga found that people learn best when they are relaxed and involved in a topic or activity that interests them.
Helga also teaches Accelerated Learning Workshops with Tom Meier from The Center for Accelerated Learning. Check the AL Europe page.
At the Language Experience you will find teachers with many years of experience, as well as young, dynamic trainers in touch with the latest developments in their field through their current involvement at the Technical University Carolo Wilhelmina in Braunschweig. We apply our wide spectrum of interests and talents to provide you with a varied program. We do our best to match you with compatible teachers. All of us generally teach all aspects of language learning and include vocabulary building, pronunciation, conversation practice in our classes. To the right a photo of our team members and supporting trainers. In alphabetical order by first name:
Alexander Herlich: new structures, grammar introduction and training, situative – kinetic learning.
Alex is a certified DaF – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German as a foreign language) – trainer. He also teaches at the “Sprachenzentrum” of the Technical University Carolo Wilhelmina in Braunschweig, where he is completing his studies in Germanistik, education, history and sociology. Alex has a way to put you at ease with what is mostly considered the hardest part of language study. His approach to teaching grammar is clear, well structured and easy to understand and he has received highest praise from our clients for this. Alex is an avid badminton player and has challenged some of our students at a game.
Andreas Giese: new structures, grammar introduction and training, situative – kinetic learning.
Andreas is a most patient teacher, who can make anyone’s fear of grammar disappear.
He plays badminton and is very involved in CARP (Live-Action-Role-Playing).
He studies education with emphasis on psychology and sociology (special areas: communication theories, counseling strategies and learning and teaching methodologies) at the Technical University Cargo Wilhelmina in Braunschweig.
Anne Müller, MA: sentence structure, working with texts and images, situative – kinetic learning.
Anne is our suggestopaedia specialist and focuses on learning with all senses.She works part-time at the Language Experience, since she is also a highschool teacher at the “Christopherusschule” in Braunschweig. Anne holds an MA from the “Hochschule für Bildende Kuenste” in Braunschweig. Her studies included adult education and cultural management.She also received training as a therapist (KIM “Konzept Integrative Methodik”). Anne has many talents and interests: dreamwork, counseling, art and culture, African music and dance. She has been actively involved in the “Braunschweiger Filmfest”, as well as bringing musicians from Liberia to Germany and arranging a concert tour for them. She has helped to establish a school for orphaned children in Liberia. Anne is also a water color artist and some of our students have combined German language study with their art projects here.
Barbare Mavridou: comprehension exercises around the video “Alles Gute”, vocabulary building, conversation practice, situative – kinetic learning.
Barbara is one of our supporting trainers. Our students have enjoyed sitting in a street cafe in Gifhorn with her, reviewing the material of “Alles Gute”, or shopping for presents to bring back home and expanding their vocabulary.
Bianca Wippich: business German, phone conversation, business correspondence, mail, email, fax and other work related language needs of our clients. Texts, reading and comprehension.
Bianca has successfully completed her training as a EU secretary. She is a dynamic language trainer.
Claus Knigge: new structures, grammar introduction and training, conversation practice.
Claus is a certified DaF – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German as a foreign language) – trainer. He is a calm and patient teacher. His knowledge of history enriches conversation practices of our more advanced students and make him an excellent guide on excursions. Claus is currently completing his studies of Germanistik and history at the Technical University Carolo Wilhelmina in Braunschweig. Claus also is a professional gardener.
Christine Dehning, MA: grammar repetition and training, working with text/image exercises, vocabulary building, conversation practice, situative – kinetic learning.
Christine has taught German as a foreign language for many years at the “Volkshochschule” (German school for adult education). She holds an MA from the Georgia Augusta University in Göttingen. Her studies included Germanistik, German history and Lutheran theology. Our more advanced students with an interest in theology find her a most interesting partner to practice their conversation skills.
Helga Weiss, MA: pronunciation, vocabulary building, conversation practice, situative – kinetic learning.
Helga especially enjoys language training during everyday life activities, doing sports together, participating in cultural events, cooking Indian or Mexican food, excursions to Berlin. See top of page for more information.
Ursula Bonenberger: grammar repetition and training, comprehension exercises around the video “Alles Gute”, vocabulary building, conversation practice, situative – kinetic learning.
Our beginners appreciate her patient grammar repetition exercises. Ursula holds a degree in home-economics and has taught the subject for many years. If you want to combine learning German and cooking lessons, she can show you, how to prepare quick healthful meals.