Working with us since 2019
Specialties: A1-B2, Conversation classes
Hi there, I’m Koen. You could say that multilingualism is in my DNA; my first name is Dutch and my last name German. I have been living in Maastricht since 2008, and (almost) consider myself a local. I studied at Maastricht University and there I became very enthusiastic about teaching. Besides teaching, I love languages and I feel very fortunate to combine and share these passions with my students.
I started giving Dutch lessons in 2017. One of the many interesting things about facilitating a language course, is looking at something you consider to be simple through the eyes of others. By being empathic, listening well, trying to place yourself in someone else’s position and actively trying to understand the perspective of others, you can come a long way. Not only when teaching a language, but also in life.
Well, enough wisdom for now. When I am not teaching Dutch, I love to go to the cinema, read a book (or two) and go climbing.
What our students say
Koen is an AMAZING teacher! He guides the class, making sure all learning levels are included, and also ensuring that all the assignments are understood.
Koen, was very thoughtful and helpful.
I would definitely take another class here with Koen, and recommend other beginners to look for classes with him as well.
Koen is a good teacher, he spots and helps us to fix our grammar/stylistic mistakes and explains new idioms/words used in indirect meaning in a good way.
Koen is great, his explanations are clear, and I like his relaxed personality. i was a little nervous before the course started, but Koen relaxes me.
I really enjoy Koen's classes, super engaging and productive.