Teacher, textbook author and exam maker
I've worked as a teacher of Swedish as a second language for adults since 2008 when I started teaching exchange students and researchers at Umeå university. After that I worked for seven years at Folkuniversitetet in Umeå, teaching foreign academics and medical doctors. In 2010 I got my Master of education degree and a Bachelor's degree in Spanish. In 2013 I got my national certification as a teacher.
Since 2015 I'm regularly contracted by Region Jämtland Härjedalen to teach and assess Swedish language skills of foreign doctors that are hired in the region. So far I've had doctors from Poland, the Netherlands, Greece, France and Austria.
Since 2015 I teach at Mid Sweden University in Östersund. I teach Swedish to exchange students and grammar to future teachers of Swedish as a second language.
I'm a certified exam leader of the language assessment exam Swedex for levels A2, B1 and B2.
I speak English, Spanish and German at a high level and I have lived, worked and studied i Spain and Costa Rica. Occasionally I do interpretation work between Spanish and Swedish.
Why choose me?
When you go to the doctor, do you want the doctor to have medical training or is it enough if he/she has talent? If you go to have your ears checked, do you want the doctor to be skilled in ear medicine or is it all right for hem/her to be a dentist?
You can ask yourself the same questions when you are to choose a teacher. Do you want someone with a degree in teaching and a couple of years of university studies of the exact area (Swedish as a second language) or do you want a "language coach" who might lack any type of education?
It's not enough that your teacher "speaks Swedish". Your teacher needs to be skilled in grammar, semantics, pragmatics and have a vast understanding of what's special about the Swedish language and what can cause problems for learners, not to mention how to practice pronunciation. These concepts are what I've dedicated the past 10 years to.
We'll start by making contact through e-mail or telephone. When you have told me what you need I'll suggest a tailor made course for you. I will usually need to know this:
- How much Swedish do you already speak? Did you take any courses or learn some other way? It's helpful if you make a self assessment using CEFR, the levels stated by the European council..
- How much time do you have? You'll need to come to class but also study at home.
- What do you want to achieve? Do you want to improve anything in particular, such as pronunciation or writing?
- Do you want to learn the language of a particular area, such as your line of work?
I look forward to meeting you!