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.
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 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.
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!