Learn German Online with an Oxford-Educated Native Tutor

 

Online German Lessons*

with Jens Olesen

Founder and director of Olesen Tuition

 

£70 / hour

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 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 German properly. In addition, 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:

If you live abroad and prefer to have your lessons in person, please get in touch for a tailored quote

 

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.

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.

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 offer screen share and other features that allow us to literally be on the same page every step of the way. However, a stable internet connection is of course essential.

What experience do you have with online German lessons?

* including traveling expenses within zones 1 and 2, teaching material (most of which I have designed ourselves) and homework correction outside of lessons.

 

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.

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I have been teaching German online for more than 15 years. I currently have Skype and FaceTime students in Edinburgh, France, 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. After the first lesson, future payments need to be made in advance.  Of course I'm happy to provide invoices.

Please don't hesitate to message me if you have any questions.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Many thanks,

Jens

Jens is a great teacher. He knows how to keep the session friendly and open while simultaneously keeping the teaching on track. This way it never feels boring or difficult. The grammar that can normally feel difficult and clunky seems to slip in without effort making the session feel fun and light rather than a heavy, back breaking lesson.

Gerad K.

Acupuncturist

Jens Olesen is the best teacher with whom I have ever studied.  A man of tremendous sensitivity and compassion, he really understands not only the linguistic needs of his students, but the emotional requirements as well.  He works wonders to help students overcome the anxieties of approaching a challenging language for the first time. He is highly professional, dedicated, reliable, and he has a great sense of humour to boot.  I would recommend him without any reservations whatsoever.

Eric K.

Professor

Jens is a first-class language teacher: his lessons are interesting, fun and thorough. As an opera conductor he's always been able to cater for my specific needs with the German language. He's always got the balance between being patient and pushing me hard spot on. I couldn't recommend him strongly enough.

Harry O.

Conductor and Pianist

Jens is a dedicated and engaging tutor who goes above and beyond for his students. In my experience, he's never shied away from answering my multitude of queries; be it nonsensical or sometimes downright stupid. His tireless attitude is refreshing and I would highly recommend him to people who wish to master, rather than merely grasp, the German language.

Angelo L.

Lawyer

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