Online teacher and tutor Dutch, Linda from Dutch for Children is the first in the new year!
In 2024, one of Dutch for Children’s (DfC) good intentions is to broaden our focus on engagement. An interview is a fun way further to increase engagement from and to our team and teachers. This way, you can get to know our teachers a little better or a little differently.
In 2021 and 2022, I interviewed teachers Anja and Muriel. You can find their stories at the bottom of this blog.
And now, in January 2024, we pick this up again and kick off with Linda Rozema! She is a lovely, involved teacher who has worked at DfC since February 2023. Her need to be able to give students more attention, she was able to express her desire to teach one-on-one with us fully.
The questions to online Dutch teacher Linda
How did you get into teaching?
When it was time to study, there were many directions I was interested in: languages, social culture, and pedagogy. I chose cultural and social education in Utrecht and quit after a year; it gave me too little direction. The urge to go abroad and learn a new language was strong. So, I left for Alcala de Henares (near Madrid) and followed an intensive Spanish course. It was a great time during which I met many nice people.
Au-pair in Spain
Through the Internet, I searched for au-pair agencies in the Netherlands and signed up as an au-pair in Spain. With a big suitcase, I left for a family with three children, living in Mataró (near Barcelona). I took care of the household and the three children for a year. In addition, I taught English to children at a language school. The mother of the family was the owner of this language school.
International Business and Languages in Amsterdam
Back in the Netherlands, I eventually chose to study International Business and Languages in Amsterdam. In the third year of this program, I left for Ecuador, as a mandatory part, to take courses at the University of Quito. I enjoyed the cultural difference and the Spanish language so much. I wanted to work with children again and signed up with the Children of Ecuador Foundation. Children of parents who worked in the market could not go to school. I walked around the market, gathered a group of children, and took them to a small school. There, they received an education, and we played outside. I will never forget the happy faces of the children.
When I was back in the Netherlands, I completed the International Business and Languages course. The Pabo would have been a better choice. Working with children was the common thread. In 2015, I completed the Pabo. I enjoyed the internships in middle and upper school the most. I wanted to work in a school with a lot of cultural diversity.
What do you like most about being a Dutch teacher online?
All the attention I can give the child and the bond that is created. More freedom to respond to a child’s interests. This is more difficult to realize in a classroom. The freedom that online teaching brings is also pleasant and convenient. It is location-independent work, and I have already taught children online in several interesting places, for example, from a camper van.
You specifically find Dutch as a second language a very fascinating subject. Can you explain what fascinates you as Dutch teacher?
During my travels, I saw through all the cultural differences that we humans all have the same needs and desires. Every child deserves a chance at education. From this mindset, I wanted to work for refugee children and expat children.
At that time, I heard about the Heumensoord refugee camp in Nijmegen in the Netherlands. There, I was allowed to teach the children from 12 to 18 years old. This was my first experience with NT2 education. I continued this work for many years at different schools.
In 2022, I decided to take a break from physical teaching. I wanted to teach with more peace and attention and had already had my eye on Dutch for Children several times. In 2023, I was allowed to start working for Dutch for Children, and I really like it so far!
You now live in the Netherlands with your family. As a family, would you like to live elsewhere again? And if so, where and why?
Yes, I love living in Nijmegen. We have done a lot of renovations to our house in the past year, and it is really our place. But I could move again in a heartbeat. I love the feeling of being able to move to a new place at any time. It really makes me feel alive. When it comes to our whole family, it’s a different story. It’s important to me that my children have a solid foundation in which they develop among their friends and girlfriends. I hope to pass on the travel bug to them. We have now planned a three-week trip to Borneo, Thailand, and Malaysia this April.
What is the funniest/ craziest/ most striking thing you have experienced as an online Dutch teacher?
The glimpses into the lives of children. For example, a spontaneous tour of a child’s room. Or they’ve been given something they’ve been dying to show off. The beauty of an online private lesson is also mutual interest. Children feel the space to ask things back from a teacher. That makes for great conversations. I have also experienced several family members waving at the teacher momentarily!
You teach children at DfC, but you also teach adults NT2. Which age do you like best? And why?
I like the ages 8 to 15 the best. Children broaden their view of the world. They are still playful but also have many interests. That offers many opportunities for education.
What do you like about working at DfC?
Meeting colleagues and children all over the world! The international atmosphere in this work feels very nice.
Previous interviews with DfC online Dutch teachers
Online teacher Anja: her 5 most fun tasks.
The 5 most fun things about being an online teacher are teacher Muriel’s story. Still in Dutch, but soon in English as well.
Lesson from an online teacher at DfC?
If your child wants to try a lesson from one of our online teachers, you can always. Check out our team page to learn a little more about each teacher. You can get in touch via our contact page or email.