Teachers at Direct Dutch Institute always say to students: ‘practise makes perfect’. And: ‘use it or lose it’. But how do you practise your Dutch, now that most people stay indoors? In this series of short interviews, we ask our teachers for advice (and for some personal revelations as well)! Teacher Joke Fransen, the blond lady in the middle, is first on our list.
What is it you love about teaching Dutch?
Do you need superpowers to teach Dutch grammar to foreigners?
What is it most students don’t know about you?
At the end of the course I often tell students that I’m a DJ. And it will probably not surprise anyone that my DJ name is MaDutch.
During the corona crisis, Direct Dutch continues all courses online. Are you a digital diva, or are you a little nervous about teaching online?
Social distancing = less opportunity to practise Dutch. Some tips, please!
This might actually be the right time to practise. Less people are in a hurry. There is more time left to improve skills online, and the online possibilities are plenty. Dutch family, friends, or colleagues will probably love to spend some time speaking Dutch with you, in a WhatsApp call or via Facetime.
Which Dutch books do you recommend to students of Dutch?
Which Dutch movies /series do you recommend?
Last but not least, do you have a mantra to keep your head up during this crisis?