How long have you been teaching for and how long for Cactus?
I have been teaching German in Manchester at Cactus Language since 2015.
How long have you been living in the UK?
I arrived in Manchester 5 years ago.
Where were you born and what is the city famous for?
I grew up in Bayreuth, a town in the north of Bavaria. My home town is famous for Richard Wagner’s opera house and the area is well known for great beer from small local breweries and delicious food.
What is your degree and teaching experience?
I studied German Language and Literature, plus Scandinavian Languages.
Have you ever worked in another field?
I achieved my “Textile printing and Design” certificate in Denmark followed by my “Embroidery and Design” certificate here in the UK and still enjoy working in this field.
What is your favourite book and why?
The “Reader’s Digest Universal Dictionary” I bought at a car boot sale a few years ago. I take pictures from the pages with my mobile phone and read them when I am on the bus, train or plane. I love exploring new, strange or funny words which I can use for my art work and daily life.
Do you have specific language learning tips?
Enjoy what you do! Language lives from speaking and mistakes help you to learn.
Bis bald, hoffentlich treffen wir uns beim Deutschlernen in Manchester!
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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.