My choice to study ‘Language and literaturesciences’ (now called ‘Communication- and Informationsciences’) was based on my love to puzzle and play with (Dutch) language and have contact with the greatest diversity of people you can imagine. It still gives me lots of joy. Both aspects: language and humans have my full attention, and is always dynamic.
My motto is to get as much as possible óut of the student. I like to give space to speaking, doing so by asking a lot of questions and stimulating others to do the same. Besides that expanding vocabulary and grammar are part of the classes.
Furthermore I find it important to stay close to the learning goals of the student. My programm is never the same but mostly adjusting to the group and current affairs. This way, we are getting deeper into the culture too.
Ellen graduated from the University of Tilburg on the speciality Dutch as a second language. She was a coordinator and teacher at ROC van Amsterdam at the department of highly educated working students of Dutch. Later on she is also educated in and worked as a study and career counselor. Advising people which study to choose is also a great interest of her. After that she began working for herself at various language schools, working with groups, individuals, in company or casual classrooms.