The motto of my lessons is: lots of laughing and having fun, and making mistakes is a must! Because learning a new language has to be mainly fun and from making mistakes you learn a great deal. In my classes, the students come crawling out of their shell and after a few lessons phrase sentences, sing along with Dutch songs, walk around to -literally- catch new words and talk about the different cultures that have come together in the classroom. And in the meantime, students implicitly pick up a lot of ‘boring’ grammar of Dutch.
I’m curious for and interested in everything. That’s why it was hard to find a study after high school. Eventually I decided to study Journalism. That was a direct hit! In no time, I was traveling across the country and got into contact with different cultures and the diversity of mankind. I absorbed all these differences but also similarities. They were the base of the background articles, reports and interviews that I was writing. Through writing I was occupied with the Dutch language on a daily basis. The transfer to teaching Dutch as a second language was therefore easily made after 20 years of journalism. And oh, how I like it! Al these cultures come together in the classroom. Besides that, my curiosity and broad interests are well nurtured by being a teacher of Dutch as a second language.
In high school she was writing essays, vigorously reading newspapers and magazines to catch up with the latest news and had a love for the Dutch language. With these interests, it was not unimaginable that Marieke choose to study Journalism. She works and has worked in various related functions: reporter, editor, senior editor and editor-in-chief. Mainly with magazines like Intermediair, Carp, but also Snackkoerier and Tijdschrift voor Remedial Teaching. At a certain moment, she had the chance to teach temporarily at the school for Journalism in Utrecht. A seed was planted; she enjoyed teaching very much! To expand her teaching career, she started her studies to become a teacher of Dutch as a second language at the VU in Amsterdam a few years back. She now teaches expats and inburgeraars at various language schools, amongst which also Kookoovaja. She is happy that she made this new step in her career; the students give her lots of energy and we saw; she does the same to her students.