My name is Lisa Janssen and I teach Dutch as a First and Second Language in both group courses and private lessons. I studied Dutch Language and Culture at the University of Amsterdam where I now work as a Dutch lecturer. Furthermore, I develop and teach corporate courses and workshops for several high end financial, real estate, and IT companies in the Netherlands. I enjoy working with students from all over the world, as I meet new and inspiring people every month.
My aim is to create a safe learning environment where students can speak and learn without inhibitions. This includes taking my students to the museum or organizing other interesting field trips, and making sure my practice exercises are tailored to my student’s living and working environments.
To learn Dutch, it is important to listen to Dutch songs and conversations, read Dutch news articles and speak Dutch as much as possible. Writing informal emails in Dutch is a great way of practicing too, and in the more advanced-level classes my students will also spend time on refining their writing style and fine-tuning a text until it is clear and concise.
My courses also encourage the exploration of different cultures. Of course, Dutch cuisine is not as inspiring as some dishes from around the world, but we can always exchange recipes!
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What others say about Juffrouw Janssen
I met Lisa as my “Dutch as a second language” teacher during my masters studies in Amsterdam. She is a very enthusiastic teacher putting effort in engaging her students in the learning material and the lecture, and always sparing time for individual feedback. What I liked the most was the fact that she is not just teaching the language but also putting it in context and educates her students about the Dutch culture.
Before starting my graduate studies at UvA, I took Lisa’s one-month intensive Dutch course. She tailored our lessons to the level of my small group, making every hour as productive as possible. Each lesson was practical and focused while being enjoyable and honestly fun. I used what I learned from Lisa every day in my Amsterdam interactions (you can usually get by with English alone, but the Dutch really warm up to you when you make an effort to speak their language). I recommend her services not only to all UvA students, but also to all expats living or working in Amsterdam. Lisa is the best resource in Holland for achieving a working proficiency, and I look forward to seeing her the next time I am in the Netherlands.
I studied Dutch with Lisa when I was working at ABN Amro and would like to say few words of gratitude and recommend her to anyone who wants to progress his Dutch up to the next level. Lisa is very professional, creative and gifted teacher able to explain linguistic concepts in the most understandable and visual way so that they “stick” in your memory. Her approach is structured and tested and she implements all possible learning techniques, including immersion into the real world of news, songs, TV programs and just about anything you can face in real life while practicing the language. I sincerely recommend her to every student, whether a complete beginner or an advanced or intermediate speaker willing to progress the language alongside very supportive, knowledgeable and gifted teacher – Lisa Janssen.
I had the chance to work closely with Lisa. She was one of the small team of authors collaborating on Rosetta Stone e-learning Dutch for Business Product, and she did an excellent work. She always brought smart and relevant pedagogical thoughts on what goals should be covered for a specific theme or CEFR level, as she is pretty well aware of corporate / adults training needs.
She also was very good at selecting and creating the right activity type to work on a specific skill or topic, which made the lessons pedagogically sound and efficient.
Lisa is very professional, open to discussion, and will always listen to feedbacks and be willing to make great improvements out of them. Lisa has wonderful interpersonal skills and it’s a real great pleasure to work with her.
I’m looking forward to have further opportunities to collaborate with Lisa in the future!