Learn German Online with an Oxford-Educated Native Tutor
Online German lessons tailored to your objectives
Hello, my name is Jens Olesen. I'm the founder and director of Olesen Tuition - a language school specialising in bespoke German lessons. In my over 20 years as German tutor, I have successfully tutored thousands of students who are now fluent in German. Whether you are an absolute beginner or you already speak some German, I will be able to help you learn my mother tongue properly. My German tuition is tailored to your objectives, so whether you want to learn German for business, to communicate with friends or family, or to excel in an exam, I'm happy to adapt my lesson plans and materials to make sure you achieve your aims. Find out more about me, my method and an estimated timeline here.
Learn German online wherever you are with an experienced German teacher
My online German lessons aim to strike a balance between speaking German, discussing a text, grammar training and the composition of short texts as written homework, which I correct outside of my tutorials. In my experience, German is too challenging a language to be taught purely through conversations. That is why we will practice listening, reading, writing and speaking in more or less equal measure.
Please note that my tuition is subject to a 24-hour cancellation policy. In the event of a cancellation with less than 24 hours notice, the full fee will be charged.
A typical lesson of mine usually begins with the discussion of a text. I ask my students to summarise a text in their own words, and I will intervene with hand signals wherever necessary to indicate that my student made a grammatical error on a grammar topic we had discussed before. While this might sound silly at first, it is a very effective strategy to provide feedback on their spoke German which allows my students to self-correct their mistakes. As a result, my students gain confidence in speaking because they know they can communicate their ideas clearly, without sacrificing grammatical accuracy in the process.
1:1 and Small-Group German Classes via Zoom or Skype
Whether you're looking for private German tuition or small-group classes with up to 5 students, my lessons are designed for rapid progress in the German language. While my 1:1 lessons have the advantage that everything we are going to do is tailored to your individual requirements, my small-group classes will help you gain conversational confidence in using what we learnt in our session. For more information on my private lessons and small-group intensive German courses, just click on the links below.
What are the advantages of learning German online?
One key advantage is that you can learn German from the comfort of your home or office without having to leave, thus making it easier to fit lessons into your schedule. The other advantage is that online programs such as Skype and Zoom offer screen share and other features that allow us to literally be on the same page every step of the way.
What experience do you have with online German lessons?
I have been teaching German online for more than 15 years. I currently have Zoom, Skype and FaceTime students in New York, Singapore and Tokyo.
What timezone are you on?
I'm based in London, so my timezone GMT. As my first lesson tends to be at 7am and my last lesson sometimes finishes at 11pm, you have a pretty good chance of finding a convenient time for your lesson.
What payment methods do you accept?
I do accept PayPal, Ping and bank transfer. Of course I'm happy to provide invoices.
Please don't hesitate to message me if you have any questions or check my answers to the frequently asked questions I often receive by clicking the button below.
Either way, I look forward to hearing from you.