Acquiring a foreign language opens a door to being home in a new world, culture and society. Ever since I became a student of foreign culture, I have encountered this myself and this adventure has fascinated me from day one. The joy one can get out of learning a language and culture abroad, getting ownership in it by becoming part of it is something I want to help others experience as well.
I believe in playful and activating lessons, functional learning objectives and having fun while learning. Each one learns in his/her own way, and by learning together and simulating real life events I like to make the gap between the classroom and the real world as small as possible. What does your Dutch world look like, and how will we expand it?
Joost has been interested in culture and foreign language since a young age, but it started blooming particularly while traveling frequently in Europe and learning modern Greek between 2014 and 2016 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. When he moved to Greece in 2016, the kick he got out of making a foreign environment and language his own triggered him to teach others. In Thessaloniki, Greece, he has worked as a Dutch teacher for language institute Lord Byron (2017-2018), My Lingo Trip (2017-2019), the NTC Dutch school of Thessaloniki “De Kikkertjes” (2018-2020) and Pleyade Eduployment (2018-2020). After returning permanently to the Netherlands in March 2020, he started his post-bachelor studies for NT2 teacher (teacher of Dutch as a second language). During this course, he has been interning and working as a Dutch teacher in a program for non-native speakers at an ROC (public vocational school). He is now a certified Dutch teacher and currently Joost works for several training courses.