“It was a beautiful experience to help students learn our language”

Elly and Philip

Meet Philip and Elly, two teachers at Reach & Teach, who taught Dutch classes at beginners’ level (A1). They first learned about the organization through friends who volunteered at Reach & Teach, got enthusiastic and decided to join the team to make a difference in the lives of newcomers to The Netherlands.

‘Teaching has been a very rewarding experience’ Elly says. ‘Over time I formed a special relationship with my students, people who are new to our country and really want to learn our language. To be able to help someone with that was a beautiful experience for me’.

Philip shares ‘Teaching a beginners class online meant that we focused on stimulating interaction, which is not easy from behind a screen. We learned by doing what works and what doesn’t and how best to explain something. We soon realized that showing a lot of pictures really helped to communicate with our students’. He continues ‘I invested a lot of time in preparing my classes well and it gave me so much satisfaction to see how much our students have learned from this course’.

Dutch and English language courses at Reach & Teach consist of 2-hour lessons twice per week. During these classes all aspects of a language are covered; reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are practiced. One course is taught by two teachers, each teaching a 2-hour class weekly.

If you are interested in teaching Dutch or English to new Dutch residents, then please contact us at academic@reachandteach.nl!


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