Private German Lessons in London and Online with a Fully Qualified German Tutor
Private German Tuition
Online German tuition and at my office
£80 / hour
In-person lessons in zones 1 & 2
£90 / hour
German tuition in London and online
Private German lessons are the most effective way to learn German or improve your existing skills. While all my one-to-one German lessons are tailored to your specific needs and requirements, they typically involve training in
conversational German, which allows you to actually speak and express your ideas in the language;
the rules of German grammar, which gives you the confidence of knowing that you master the language;
reading comprehension, which enables you to get the gist as well as the details of increasingly complicated texts and expands your vocabulary range;
listening comprehension exercises that test your understanding of spoken German;
writing texts in German as part of your homework, so that you can test what you have learnt and see the progress that you have made.
My German tuition therefore focuses on improving every aspect of your German language skills.
Private German lessons tailored to your needs
For each of my private German lessons I prepare a text that is tailored to your level and on a topic of your interest, which we will read in the first part of the lesson. In the course of discussing the text, you will pick up around twenty new words in each German tutoring session. I believe that it needs at least three repetitions for a new word to stick, so I make sure to come back to the new words you learnt and phrase sample sentences to show how the word is used in context.
In the second part of the lesson we will focus on grammar, usually starting with the most important rules concerning German word order in both main and subordinate clauses. In class as well as at home, you will fill out grammar exercises that will allow you to test what you have learnt. My grammar training has proven to be so successful over the years that I am currently preparing this material for publication.
At the end of our lesson you will have practiced and improved your conversational skills, picked up new words, and will have learnt about at least one aspect of German grammar. At home, you will then be asked to produce a text that I will correct outside of our lessons. We will therefore cover listening, speaking, reading, writing.
* including traveling expenses within zones 1 and 2, teaching material (most of which I have designed ourselves) and homework correction outside of lessons.
For tuition outside of zones 1 and 2, as well as intensive German courses, please contact me for a tailored quote.
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.
My qualifications as German tutor
Born near Cologne, in West Germany, I have worked as a German language tutor for over 20 years. I hold First-class undergraduate and graduate degrees from RWTH Aachen University and the London School of Economics, and I have recently completed a D.Phil. at the University of Oxford.
In addition to my work as private tutor, I have taught undergraduates for several colleges of the University Oxford, the LSE and RWTH Aachen. I have successfully prepared students of all levels for certificates of the Goethe-Institut (from A1 to C2); school and examinations, such as GCSE, A-level, IB, the French Baccalaureate in German; university entrance exams, such as Pre-U German and Test DaF, and examinations at Bachelor, Master and PhD-level; for job interviews in or their relocation to a German-speaking country; or I have helped them to acquire and maintain competence in the German language more generally.
What are the advantages of private German lessons?
The main advantage of private German lessons is that each lesson is tailored to your individual needs and learning objectives. Apart from assessing your level, my initial consultations normally involve an evaluation of the type of learner you are, so that I can redesign my teaching material to cater to your requirements. Since the same material doesn't work for everyone, personalised learning material is a crucial factor in keeping my students interested and engaged. And without the students' interest, no lesson achieves its goal.
Do you also offer German tuition for children?
I have many years of experience in teaching children and teenagers between the ages of 6 and 17, and I have had great success in bringing many of my young students to fluency in German at an early age. So whether you're a German-speaking parent who needs professional assistance in raising your child bilingually or whether you want to invest in your child's future through German language tuition, I'm happy to help.
While my material is tailored to every child's specific learning requirements and carefully selected with my students' progress in mind, my lessons are fun to them and very different from the normal classroom teaching they receive at school.
Please feel free to ask for my Enhanced DBS (Criminal Record Check) and references.
I teach full time, seven days a week from 7am to 11pm. Our lessons can take place at your London home, quiet cafes in Central London, remotely over the internet or at my office in Camden Town.
Please note that, due to COVID-19, all our lessons are held online until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.
Let's arrange a 'trial lesson' and take it from there. I look forward to hearing from you.
Erik K., Professor
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.
Natasha A., M.A. Student
I had quite an ambitious goal at the start of learning German, which was to get my German good enough to enable me to study at Masters level in Germany less than a year after. I was often told that it was impossible...but then I met Jens. We had a wonderful, albeit challenging ten months working together as he shaped me from a complete beginner to a very proud C1-certificate holder. It is no exaggeration to say that Jens was an excellent teacher.
Gerad K., Acupuncturist
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.