Teacher: Samantha

Dutch teacher

Learning Greek made me realise how valuable it is to know multiple languages and to become familiar with other cultures. It has opened up a new world to me and I have gained invaluable friendships. This awareness inspired me to become a teacher. I want to pass on my affection for language learning to everyone in my classroom and, each lesson, I want to get the most out of my students by creating a friendly environment and showing sincere interest so we can work on this puzzle together. Finding creative solutions to present difficult grammatical structures or to motivate even the quiet students to talk are challenges that I am happy to take on.

Brief CV

From a young age Samantha was interested in languages and their puzzling qualities. Pursuing her love of languages, she decided to study Modern Greek at the University of Amsterdam (2008) and later also Linguistics (2010). She obtained a bachelor’s degree in both (2012), but wanted to further explore the possibilities of putting linguistics into practice. A master in applied linguistics at the University of Utrecht followed, where she had the chance to expand her knowledge of Dutch as a second language. She graduated with honours and continued working at Utrecht University as a research assistant (2012-2016). It was during this time that she created the stable foundations for Kookoovaja which was established in 2014.

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