Teacher: Brecht

Dutch teacher

I’ve always had a broad interest in other languages and cultures. That has lead to focusing on language in my studies, and also learning a few foreign languages myself. Fascinated by the unknown, but so special to discover a new world and slowly make it your own. In my experience learning a language is the key to a country, its people,  and culture. During my studies I always looked for the connection with society, which made it a logical step to become a teacher myself. I take fulfillment from guiding people through the same process, and enjoy being ‘on the other side’ of it. For me working together, speaking and working in an interactive way are important in a lesson: this way learning a new language is as fun as possible!

Brief CV

Before she started studying, Brecht has lived in Bologna, Italy, for half a year to learn in Italian (2010). After that she studied Language and Culture Studies, focusing on linguistics, in which she graduated with honors (2014). A masters in language acquisition and bilingualism at the same university followed (2015). In the meantime, Brecht followed several language courses, and did an Erasmus exchange in Siena, Italy (2014). From 2016 – 2021 she worked amongst other things as a teacher for
TopTaal, and obtained a teachers degree in 2018. Brecht will continue working as an independent teacher in Utrecht.

Reviews

A sense of community

This is my second course with Kookoovaja and it has been just as worthwhile as the first! It was nice to see most of my class companions from the previous block, because then there was a sense of community and speaking and learning became more easy-going. – Julia

I would definitely recommend it!

I am very happy that I’ve chosen to learn Dutch with Kookoovaja! I enjoyed the exercises, the grammar was very well structured and being exposed to Dutch conversations developed considerably my ability to follow the people around me. The teacher made learning a difficult language very fun and I could see progress shortly after I started the course. I would definitely recommend Kookoovaja! – Luiza

Perfect learning environment!

The teachers are very motivated, together with the small group size, a perfect learning environment! – Katrin

Fluent and confident just in a few meetings

This course helped me a lot to speak more confidently and fluently than I was before just in a few meetings. I did not know that I was able to speak a lot of things that I have learned until I tried. – Jessica

Great experience!

It was a great experience to learn Dutch with a small and friendly group, Samantha is very positive and helpful. I really enjoyed it! – Tutku

Trustable institute with reliable teachers. I happily enjoyed this journey!

I joined the Dutch course for beginners and happily enjoyed literally all the times of this short journey. In a friendly, warm, multicultural, and motivational environment, I was able to hit my personal target that was laying the foundation of learning Dutch. I would recommend Kookoovaja as a trustable institute and Samantha as a reliable teacher to count on. – Reza

My Dutch improved exponentially

Samantha is great, my dutch improved exponentially since I started the courses with Kookoovaja. The focus on personal goal, and on teaching Dutch as how a native would speak the language, has built my confidence in using Dutch more in my day to day. – Lamia

Welcoming environment

Kookoovaja is a great opportunity to learn and practice Dutch in a welcoming environment. – Lairson

You start speaking more and more!

Definitely recommend to follow a course with Kookoovaja. The teachers are positive, motivational and find new ways to make the lessons interactive. We played taboo in Dutch, we had discussions and they gave us practical ways to start using Dutch on our daily life; without realizing it you start speaking more and more! Evi

Small groups and fun classes!

What I like about Kookoovaja are the small groups, the games and fun activities during the class, which make learning Dutch more interesting! Myrto