English Matters offers on-site English courses in the Rhein-Neckar area (between the cities Mannheim, Heidelberg and Weinheim in Germany). Courses are available for groups or individuals, may be supplemented with online help and activities, or can be completely online. A Needs Analysis will determine the level and content of the courses.
Courses are offered for those seeking to improve their general English, as well as for those who wish to focus on a particular skill area such as giving presentations, writing reports, letters, e-mails and other correspondence, participating in meetings, telephoning, web conferencing, preparing for exams and more. Classes are taught in English, but German is used when necessary to help with explanations.
Individual tutoring is tailor-made to fit the specific needs of the individual. Based on a needs analysis, a personal learning plan or syllabus will be created with material to support it. If desired, an evaluation can be done at the end, or periodically, to measure learner progress.
In-house group lessons can be arranged for your company. A placement test is given to determine the level of the participants. Then a needs analysis is done to determine what areas to cover. Based on the needs analysis, a syllabus or learning plan, is designed, and appropriate materials are chosen or developed to use in the course.
Lessons can be organised for student groups or individuals and, in the case of German middle school and Gymnasium the guidelines of the state Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Besides specific support for students accompanying their English curriculum at school, a dedicated focus is given to preparation of final exams, e.g. the Abitur in Germany.
A new offer combines classroom and online lessons (Blended Learning). For this, the teaching and learning platform Moodle is used.
If you have written text to be checked for sentence construction, misspelled words, grammatical errors, awkward word usage, etc., a proofreading service is offered.
If, in addition to this, comments and suggestions for improving the content and organisation of the text are required, this a provided editing service might be helpful.
By the way, for initial, qualitatively good translations the tool DeepL is recommended.
English Matters services are provided by Nancy Schimkat, an American, who has lived in Germany with her German husband and two adult children for more than twenty years. She received a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois.
Before moving to Germany, she taught English as a Second Language in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan R.O.C., and to university students in the United States. She has been a coordinator for a business English firm in Heidelberg and has taught English in a variety of businesses, among them Roche, BASF, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, Leica Microsystems and Freudenberg IT. Furthermore, she has offered training for the general public and students in the Rhein-Neckar area, including at the DAI, VHS and University of Heidelberg.
Please get in touch for personal consultation and a specific offer.