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

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

Great language school!

Kookoovaja is a great language school, attentive to feedback and student engagement. Classes are fun and interactive! Olga

Three lovely months!

Three lovely months! It was a nice experience! Fun but most important learning as well! I chose the Dutch language and I am really happy with the teacher and with the group I was with! Kalliopi

Great classmates and amazing teacher!

At Kookoovaja, I get to learn Dutch with great classmates and an amazing teacher! Theodoros

I feel confident in speaking Dutch

Thanks to the interactive way of learning introduced by Samantha, my Dutch has improved a lot in the span of a few months, and most importantly I feel more confident in speaking Dutch. Lamia

Totally recommended!

The small group sizes create a very efficient learning environment. Totally recommended! Erik

I really like the small groups

I love that courses are small so you can really focus on what you need to improve – Lis

Where learning meets creativity

Kookoovaja is where learning meets creativity. A place where you can improve your language skills in a joyful way. The teacher is well prepared, friendly and kind. – Georgios

Great Teacher. Very satisfied!

Lectures are fun and targeted to improve in every single one! The teacher always thinks about creative ways to practice our weaknesses and doesn’t just stick to the book. Also we speak a lot in the class which for me is the most important. Very satisfied student here:) – Alba