Teacher: Joost

About

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?

Brief CV

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.

 

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