How long have you been teaching for and how long for Cactus?
I have been teaching since I was 26 and I have been teaching Dutch in London for Cactus since 2009. I teach Dutch in the Cactus centre in Holborn.
How long have you been living in the UK?
Originally, I’m from Amsterdam, but I’ve been in London since 2003 and now I’ve been a Londoner for 16 years.
Where were you born and what is the city famous for?
Amsterdam. The Venice of the North. The city of Liberty. Biketown. City of culture. We’ve got it all.
What is your degree and teaching experience?
My original degree is in Business and that’s how I started with teaching.
Have you ever worked in another field?
I’ve retrained as an actor and am now work as an actor and Dutch voice actor.
How many languages do you speak?
6: Dutch, English, Spanish, German, French and Hebrew. I’m fluent in all with a beer in my hand, but will rather stammer, stutter and fake it when I’m sober.
Do you have any specific language learning tips?
Do not forget that language is a communication tool, so hands, feet, facial expressions, half-baked sentences are perfectly valid. Mistakes are encouraged and keep your language simple. Learn nouns and verbs and use them whenever appropriate (or not!).
Hopelijk tot snel in mijn Nederlandse les.
Groetjes en tot ziens!
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Frequently asked questions
What will I learn?
Our Course Outlines give an overview of the content and learning framework of Cactus courses. Includes themes, grammar and vocabulary you can typically expect to cover. These are intended as a guide only. Language teachers may at times adapt the course content to suit the specific level, aims and interests of the class.
How do I know what level I am?
Are you unsure where to start or progress to? Then take our level test and read our level descriptions for guidance.
Do I receive a qualification or certificate?
At the end of your course you receive a certificate of participation. You will be able to be download it from your MyCactus account. This confirms the language and level of course you have taken. Our course levels are based on two internationally recognised systems. You will have a universally accepted reference for your studies. (Important: Please note that you must complete the end of course questionnaire sent to you to be able to get your certificate! You will receive the course questionnaire by e-mail at the end of your course.)
Do I need a course book?
You will need a course book to attend your course. Course books are not included in the course fees. We recommend that you buy your own course book separately before your course starts. We will let you know which course book you will require and advise where you can purchase this. Please note that a course book often covers more than one level. So if you progress to the next course, you may not necessarily need to buy a new book. Again, we will advise you of this at the time. The course book is chosen by our teachers and academic team. This is based on which book is most suitable for the level of the class whilst offering the most communicative approach.