|Recent Students: 1||Total Hours: 97||Last Online: 18 Jun 2021|
|All-time Students: 4||Total Classes: 99||Signed Up: 28 Aug 2018|
'Born and bred' in the north of Germany, you will not struggle to understand my accent. I speak - what many people refer to as - „Hochdeutsch” - (Standard German) as spoken in/around/north of Hanover. However, you might notice that I tend to say „Hamburch” rather than „Hamburg”. And of course, I tend to stretch my vowels - all part of being an „echter Norddeutscher”.
If you wondered how to pronounce „Sönke", it's a bit like
"Z"-"ea" (as in "ea-rly")-"n"-"k"-"ea" (as in "ea-rly").
I love travelling, spend a lot of time with our black Labrador (gundog training), play squash and golf, love hiking on Dartmoor and I am a FC Bayern München supporter.
I teach learners of all abilities and ages, using my experience in teaching secondary (Years 7-11), as well as tertiary (Years 12 and 13) students and can prepare learners for GCSE, IGCSE, A Level and IBDP German ab initio, and German B (SL or HL) exams. I have also taught professionals, adults and in primaries, as well as raised our own children bilingually.
The 2018/2019 examination season was yet another very successful year for my tutees. I did not only keep my 100% pass rate; all my A Level tutees outperformed their predicted grades (based on their 'Mocks') by two grades and my GCSE/IGCSE tutees improved their predicted grades by at least three grades/digits. Many of them outperformed their target grades (where possible) and one of them improved by five grades/digits compared to her predicted '4' ('Mocks'). Ever since C-19 began, things have been rather strange and it has been difficult to measure accurately how successful my tuition has been. However, I have never had any negative feedback and all my tutees have achieved at least the desired grade.
Also, all my Goethe Zertifikat tutees passed with at least „gut".
I taught German in schools for over 20 years, which included working with individuals, small and class-size groups of all ages. Having gained first experience in teaching German while working as a British Council Foreign Language Assistant in East Devon, I decided to follow a career in teaching German at secondary and tertiary level.
My tutees achieve very highly and - more importantly for some - really enjoy their sessions with me, having a lot of fun and achieving their personal learning goals with my help.
I am also a current Assessment Associate (examiner) for Pearson/ Edexcel, an IBO German B examiner and a member of the Association for Language Learning (ALL).
Brilliant, wide-ranging, imaginative, as always.
Excellent as always
Very Good for my gcse mock preparation.
There was an audio slur in the middle and at moments the class froze for a bit.
"My daughter is very happy with Sönke's lessons, which are energising and fast paced and fun and give plenty of inspiration to follow up homework. Highly recommended. Thank you, Sönke!" Astrid (parent of Year 12 student) "I was very satisfied with our lessons, which were aimed at my seeing my relatives in Germany. Sönke tried to tailor them to my needs; and also advised me on relevant material for my trip to see my German relatives. I felt he showed a genuine interest in helping me get to the best level possible to converse with my relatives. I can recommend his approach and feel the money for his lessons was well spent, so that I can get the maximum benefit from my visit." an adult learner (South Devon) "Sönke is a very good German tutor and in the short time that I got to be taught by him, so far, I have learnt more than I probably would have in months." Alex (IBDP German ab initio student) "I would highly recommend Sönke for A level German tuition - both for the written papers and oral. My daughter has been taught for some months now on a regular weekly basis completely online, meeting only in person on the day of the oral exam, for which Sönke acted as examiner as there was no other option for us in North Devon. We are very pleased to have found such an expert teacher who also happens to be a native speaker." Alison (parent of Year 13 student) "Sönke is a real find - not just because of his prompt professionalism, his wealth of teaching experience, but because he has so quickly established a strong rapport with our daughter." Andrew (parent of Year 9 student) "Sönke is an extremely likeable and personable man. He is always smartly dressed and punctual. When he arrives, he is in a good mood and always well prepared for our lesson. Our lessons are very enjoyable and Sönke finds great ways to engage with me. ... Putting people at ease is such a talent to have, and he has it in abundance. He seems to have a multitude of tricks up his sleeve for teaching and utilises many types of media to assist. There are video clips, sound bites, written documents, pictures, cartoons and fun games. I really look forward to our lessons. ..." Andrew (adult learner) "Lessons with Sönke are engaging and challenging. They are tailored to my interests and have been flexible to adapt to what I want to achieve at different times. I look forward to my lessons, Sönke is an excellent tutor!" Charlotte (adult learner) "Sönke has been a absolute pleasure to work with over this summer. We started with the goal of getting me speaking a bit of German ahead of my 6 month stay in Munich, and over 2 months I have learned far more then I thought was possible. Best of all I have had a ton of fun doing it! Sönke is exceptionally upbeat and personable, and always comes to the lessons enthusiastic and well prepared. His lesson plans are also very varied and I really enjoyed the different games and activities we played each lesson. I would highly recommend Sönke to anyone wishing to learn German in the area." Dan (adult learner - Goethe Zertifikat) "We called on Sönke's help for our son who was struggling with German at school. He was able to identify the areas to concentrate on and through regular structured sessions took our son from a predicted 3 in his GCSE to a level 6. Always punctual, polite and conscientious Sönke is well recommended." Darrol (parent of Year 11 student) "Always ready, well organised and focused for his tailored lessons, Sönke is a highly knowledgeable, intelligent, patient, exact and enthusiastic teacher, who truly cares and really strives for his students to succeed. Highly recommend him to everyone with interest for German language and culture." Diana (parent of Year 12 student) "I found Mr. Beyer such an incredible tutor who really went out of his way to help me with my German GCSE speaking exam. He always replied promptly to my many emails filled with questions and gave some wonderful tips to prepare me for the exam. As a result, I felt completely at ease, and hope that now I will be able to study German further at A Level." ... "I at last found out that I received a grade 9 with 147/160 marks! I know I definitely could not have achieved that grade without him!" Eliza (Year 11 student) " 'Learning with a German' is fun and a very good investment. Bespoke lessons are well prepared and interesting. Due to various teaching techniques, they are never boring. Sönke is a rare, high quality teacher. He is very professional but with a personable attitude. Sönke also provided us with some much appreciated technical translations (English-German) for specifications needed for our industry’s most important trade fair." Gabi (adult learner - commercial customer) "Working with Sönke made a huge difference to my Year 13 daughter's confidence and grades for her A Level German. She enjoyed the lessons, was challenged by him without being overwhelmed and was able to work on all of the smaller areas her class teacher had highlighted, one to one. I'm sure the experience added at least one grade to her final result if not more. Thank you for what you have done for her, Sönke - it's meant that she will now get into the university she wanted to go to and has increased her desire to continue to learn German after A Level." Ian (parent of Year 13 student) “The exams went exceptionally well. Thank you so much for all your help! I could not have done it without you!” Jake (A Level student – online tuition) "We have hired Sönke to help myself, my husband and my two small children (aged 5 and 7) to learn some basic German before moving to Switzerland in a few months time. His lessons have been great fun, really engaging for the kids and we are amazed at how much we have learnt in such a short space of time. He has also been really helpful in providing further learning for both myself and my husband at a more in depth level. He is professional and friendly and we could not be more delighted. I would highly recommend him as a tutor." Jenny (family learning) "We highly recommend Sönke as a German tutor. We feel lucky to have found him, as he is a pleasure to deal with, and we did not know any local German Tutors at the time we were looking for our son. Our son’s one-to–one German sessions are enjoyable, varied, well-structured and tailored to his needs. This has really helped with my son’s GCSE German school work, and it has greatly improved his confidence in both written and spoken German." Karen (parent of Year 11 student) "I have been working with Sönke for the last 6 months. He is a fantastic teacher, he is patient and he has gone the extra mile when with me. Over the last 6 months, I have noticed Sönke goes into depth with grammar and phonetics. Furthermore, he also sets tasks to perform between sessions to reinforce what was taught within the session. I would highly recommend him if you want to improve your German." Lewis (adult learner - Goethe B2) "Fantastic tutor, because he is patient, great personality, he goes the extra mile for you and has a canny ability to get you to understand complex ideas of German grammar. Highly recommended!" Lewis (adult learner - under graduate) "Sönke has been teaching my 10 year old daughter for 6 months, and I would highly recommend him. He is a great teacher - patient, organised and fun - and we have been very impressed with his level of professionalism. It’s quite amazing what a little bit of focused one-on-one can do!" Malene (parent of Year 6 student) "Sönke helped me prepare for the B2 exam. Very friendly, very focused and really helped me in successfully preparing for and taking the exam. Highly recommended!" Martin (adult learner - Goethe B2) "I would like to give my personal recommendation to anyone looking for a German tutor and genuinely say that you will not find anyone better than Sönke. My grades are really important to me and I wanted to do well in my GCSEs. Predicted a 4 and ready to drop German, but not wanting to give up, I asked my mother whether it was possible to have a tutor to see if I could push up my grade a little. I am so glad we found Sönke, as not only now am I hopeful for a Grade 8, but thanks to Sönke I actually really enjoy the language and with his tuition I have completely turned things around. Sönke is an amazing tutor. He has been so helpful and has made what was a difficult subject for me into something I found enjoyable to learn. He has also offered support and encouragement outside of my tutoring sessions, he has been so helpful and his style of teaching is exceptional and everything just made sense. He is very patient and I really enjoyed my lessons. Just before my exams, Sönke was very flexible and supportive. Thank you Sönke for all your help! I couldn’t have asked for a better tutor!" Megan (Year 11 student) "Sönke Beyer was wonderfully clear and informative, giving our daughter some great advice. He was also efficient and made sure that we as parents knew what was going on, so that we knew how best we could support her in the lead up to the exam." Myra (parent of Year 11 student) "I found the German tuition very helpful because when I started I really struggled with speaking in German for more than a minute in a sudden conversation and pronouncing German words correctly. After doing this tuition my German knowledge increased and I found it much easier to hold a conversation for a greater length of time. As well as this I learnt a lot of exam technique which helped a lot in German but also in other foreign language subjects." Nitish (Year 9 student) "Despite short notice, Sönke helped me with a German presentation, using video and audio recordings. It was great to work with him - strongly recommended." Richard (translation and coaching) "My son has been learning with Sönke for two years approx. From not knowing any word in German, and having his schoolteacher ask him to think about not getting into it, to being best in class, and having the teacher feeling "… gob smacked". All thanks to external help with Sönke and his lessons once a week. It is not easy as it is hard work (high expectation) but is worth it as my son now knows so much and may I add: with a German accent. Thank you, Sönke." Ron (parent of Year 11 student) "Sönke is a fantastic German language tutor and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to everyone. This year he has taught our two sons (7&9 years old), who have come on leaps and bounds with their learning thanks to his encouragement and skill. They looked forward to their online sessions which were so professional but made interactive and fun for young learners. We are looking forward to having more lessons with Sönke in the future. Thank you for such a great experience." Ruth (mother of 7 and 9 year old boys) "Sönke has been a fantastic tutor for my daughter. She was struggling with German at school and predicted a 5. She has just schieved an 8 with Sönke’s help and has enjoyed the lessons too. Thank you!" Sally (parent of Year 11 student) "Having studied German at GCSE level a ‘number of years ago’, I was rather apprehensive about starting lessons. However, I had nothing to fear! Sönke’s approach to teaching was superb, making us feel comfortable from the outset, starting slowly with numbers and the alphabet. It was surprising how much I could remember. As we moved further into the language, Sönke went beyond the normal text book approach and made custom-made resources, e.g. ‘our brand’ top trump cards, which was a fun and interesting way to learn. If you are looking to learn from scratch or have a refresh, I would highly recommend learnwithagerman!" Tom (adult learner - commercial customer) "Very highly recommended. Sönke is a pleasure to deal with, professional, prompt and making a real difference for my daughter who is taking GSCE German. She is confident that her grade will now improve. Sönke personalises the sessions and has been a great help for my daughter. Very glad to have found this tutor. Tracey (parent of Year 11 student) "I highly recommend Sönke as a German tutor. Throughout the past year with Sönke, I have seen a great improvement in my son’s German ability, as well as better predicted grades, indicating that his teachers have the improvement noticed too. Every lesson, Sönke has a very thorough approach with his teaching, ensuring that my son is following along. Not only does he provide challenging work during the lesson, but also sets ample effective homework in between. Overall, I am tremendously satisfied with Sönke tutoring." Vani (parent of Year 9 student)
BA and MA joint honours in English and Geography (in Germany)
PGCSE German with French and Geography (in England)
IBDP German ab initio, German B SL and HL trained
Pearson/Edexcel examiner ("Assessment Associate")
IBDP German B examiner