Melbourne German Tutor

Thursday, August 03, 2006

German tutor servicing Melbourne, Australia

Studying German for your VCE? Travelling to a German-speaking country? Interested in German philosophy, literature, poetry?

It doesn't matter if you're studying for exams or if you "only know Bahnhof" ('train station', i.e. if you're total beginner), I can help you take your German skills to the next level.


HOW I WORK

I've taught in the classroom as well as one-on-one, from crash-courses for travellers to targeted exam preparation. I love conversation work and I love getting into the details of the grammar: thus what we work on and the pace we take depends entirely on your language needs and your level.

That said, my preferred style is to find ways to maximize value for my students. You're paying me, and we (usually) have only one session a week together. Apart from conversation, which of course we need to do together, I like to use that session to clarify key concepts and empower you to do your own work later on. This way we can really accelerate your learning.


LOCATION AND PRICE

Location and price are negotiable. Most of my clients prefer me to come to them, but sometimes it works better if we meet in a mutually convenient location. The price depends on how far I have to travel, so call me and we can talk about it. References are available on request.


CONTACT

My name is Marc, and you can contact me on 0423 592909 or sydneytomelbourne [at] yahoo /dot/ co *dot* uk. (This is a spam-resistant version: you'll need to replace the 'at's and the 'dot's with the appropriate symbols.)


GERMAN and I

I'm (very) enthusiastic and although (relatively) young I've already been working at the German language for 14 years. In VCE German I achieved a study score of 41 (before adjustment) which helped me attain my ENTER of 99.05. I carried on at the University of Melbourne where I delved into the history of Germany, the historical linguistics of the language, and Dutch, a closely related language; but it was in the exceptionally rich tradition of German literature and thought that my passion found its object. I was selected to receive scholarships (twice!) from the German Academic Exchange Service (the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst) to study at universities in Germany, which helped me in the preparation and writing of my honours thesis, a 13,000 word study---in German---of two philosophers: Immanuel Kant and Theodor W. Adorno. It was awarded first class honours.

Since then I've completed my other degree (a Bachelor of Laws) but my studies in German langage and letters have not let up. I'm still working on Adorno (along with other perennial interests Kant, Hegel, and Nietzsche) and I've also been looking at Goethe, Schiller and some of the 19th century romantics: Hölderlin, as well as Wackenroder and Tieck. I recently co-taught a course on Adorno at the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy, and delivered a paper on the structure of legal judgment at the international conference of the Law and Literature Association of Australia. Any moment now I mean to find the time for a more serious engagement with Luhmann's systems theory. I've also been honing my translation skills.