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TEACHERS OF TRANSMITTER: FREYA

We first interviewed Freya when she joined us at Transmitter in 2017. Now that we're approaching the end of 2019, we thought it was time for an updated set of questions, so that her students and colleagues can get to know her better!

T: Hi Freya! You’ve taught me and several of my friends here at Transmitter. How long have you been teaching German for now? 

F: I haven’t been teaching German an awfully long time – actually, only for a good two years so far. My career change took place in 2016, but then I gave birth to my son and had to take a break in teaching. I’ve worked at Transmitter for a good year and a half now, and plan to continue… 


T: How do you respond to unexpected issues in class? For example, when an entire room of people struggle with a grammatical issue that previous classes have otherwise understood perfectly? I may be asking from my own experience…

F: I try to understand exactly what the problem is and what exactly wasn’t understood, and then I try to deliver a good explanation. Sometimes I have to just explain again in another way, and sometimes the question is new for me and I have to research an answer myself, or ask someone else – but I always learn something new in the end, not just the students. 

That is what’s interesting and exciting in the work of teaching. I’m always learning something new about it. I not only see the German language from a new perspective, but also the world with its differing themes. 

  

T: You’ve had the pleasure of teaching some of your students all the way from A1.1 to B2.2 - what’s it like to see the progression from total beginner to having full conversations auf Deutsch? 

F: It’s astounding, and makes me so happy and proud of the students.

Especially from the total beginners level, the progress is very visible. In just four weeks, students go from struggling with, “My name is…” to confidently saying “ I went bike riding in the weekend, met my friends, ate a lasagna and had fun”. That is so amazing to watch. 

When a student learns each level with me, then it’s surreal and, at the same time, totally natural and normal that they can speak more and more. When you see someone every day, the changes don’t stand out so much, but when a student makes a pause in their learning with you, then comes back to learn later on, then I’m pleased to see the progress they’ve made in the meantime. 

 

T: Many of your students know that you’re a keen knitter when you’re not teaching at Transmitter. What are your favourite things to make?

F: I like to knit jumpers for my children, and I love to try out new samples and techniques. 


T: Apart from knitting, what else do you do with your free time when you’re not at Transmitter? 

F: I often go on weekend trips with my family in the countryside. We try to find places that are calm and secluded. In the summertime we like to go to the lakes and the forest in winter. Sometimes I find it nice to get out of the turbulence of the city. 


If I’m alone, I like to sit in a café, drink coffee and watch the world go by.

 

T: Thank you Freya! See you in class!