Teacher German (Docent Duits)

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A teacher German is responsible for teaching the German language to pupils and/or students, which may relate to different schools and levels. A German teacher will generally teach within secondary education or adult education. Depending on the level, the German teacher will try to increase the vocabulary and grammar of students by teaching. These lessons can be carried out in writing, but also by means of viewing and listening exercises. The German language is spoken by many people as a second or third language and is an important language for Dutch people. The German language is not only important for people who go on holiday, because the German language can also play an important role within the business world. Speaking German is not very difficult for most Dutch people, but writing German well often is. Nevertheless, most Dutch people can manage in the German language. The German language belongs to the West Germanic branch of the Germanic languages. There are about one hundred and five million people who speak German as their mother tongue. Within the European Union, German is the largest mother tongue. A German teacher is therefore responsible for teaching the German language to students. Teaching a foreign language such as German will in most cases be done step by step by deepening. The regular conduct of written and oral tests is also part of the work of a German teacher. A German teacher can be expected to have an excellent command of the German language orally and in writing. The oral and written expression skills of a German teacher must therefore be good. As a German teacher, you must also have didactic skills to be able to teach students in a good way.‎

‎As a German teacher, you are dealing with pupils, students or adults who want to become proficient in the German language. As described earlier, learning German is not equally difficult for all Dutch people. This often concerns Dutch people who live along the German border. In most cases, these border residents regularly have to deal with the German language, so that the German language is automatically picked up. For a fairly large number of Dutch people, German can be regarded as a second language. The German language and the Dutch language show strong similarities. The German language has two major dialect groups, namely Low German and High German. The German language is spoken in the following countries, among others: Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Denmark and ‎‎Italy‎‎. Because the German language is an important one within Europe, it is important to master the German language in a good way. This does not only apply to ‎‎skiers‎‎ who go on a ski holiday in Austria. Also think of the Dutch business community, which has a lot to do with Germany. For example, the Netherlands is a major supplier to the German ‎‎automotive industry‎‎. For ‎‎account managers‎‎, ‎‎representatives‎‎ and ‎‎directors‎‎, it can therefore be very important to master the German language. In addition, it is nice to understand and speak German when you are on ‎‎holiday‎‎.‎


‎If pupils, students or adults are taught by a good German teacher, learning the German language is not very difficult. Most students have a reasonable command of the German language after a few months. This is mainly because German and Dutch belong to the same language group, which is called the Germanic family. In other words, the German and Dutch languages have many similarities. Most people who learn the German language find this easier than learning the ‎‎French‎‎ language. However, making mistakes in the German language is fairly common. This is mainly because the German language is so similar to the Dutch language. In other words, people are relatively easily mistaken. Within the French language this is less common, because the French language belongs to the Romance languages.‎



‎Those who want to work as a German teacher can choose from various national training opportunities. However, there is a big difference between a first-degree or ‎‎second-degree teacher‎‎. With the first-degree German course you can teach all classes at different levels. With the second-degree programme, you can teach in practical education, VMBO and lower secondary education (classes 1 to 3) of HAVO and VWO. In addition, you may teach students in vocational education and adult education (ROC). Most people are familiar with the so-called Pabo training to become a teacher. This training is now officially called "‎‎training for primary school teachers‎‎", and is a course at hbo level and can be followed both full-time and part-time. A course at the Pabo generally takes four years, depending on your previous education. There are more than forty so-called Pabo courses in the Netherlands. In exceptional cases, teacher training in primary education can also be completed more quickly. In addition, there is the possibility to teach as a lateral entrant with a higher professional education. It is important that you still get your qualification as a teacher, by following extra courses that will generally take two years. Training to become a first-degree German teacher is possible in various ways. If you are already a german second-degree teacher, you can automatically move on to the first-degree programme. In addition, there are also plenty ‎‎of external training institutes‎‎ where you can follow a course. Accounting is ‎‎also‎‎ important as an entrepreneur.‎


‎As a German teacher, you will in many cases work in secondary vocational education, secondary education or ‎‎adult education‎‎. At a primary school, German teachers are a lot less common, which of course does not mean that this is not possible.‎


‎The most important competence of a German teacher is that a German teacher has didactic skills. In addition, a German teacher must have the necessary professional knowledge with regard to the German language. ‎‎Communication‎‎ in general can also be seen as an important competence, because a German teacher can deal with many different pupils, students and carers. In addition, ‎‎motivating‎‎, ‎‎inspiring‎‎ and ‎‎coaching‎‎ can be regarded as important competencies. Generally important words are passion, energy, independence, ‎‎stress resistance‎‎, predominance, flexibility, ‎‎planning‎‎, organizing and controlling. Obviously, a German teacher has to deal with fixed ‎‎professional competences‎‎ that are all learned during the training.‎


‎Finding work as a German teacher is usually no problem at all. Whether you have the first-degree or second-degree qualification does not make much difference to the chance of employment. It is true that with the first-degree program you naturally have many more opportunities as a German teacher. Most schools or educational institutions are eager for qualified teachers. Growing as a German teacher should be seen in obtaining your first-degree qualification and further specializations in education. A possible additional position as a German teacher may be the position ‎‎of mentor‎‎. Working as ‎‎a dean‎‎ or as ‎‎a career counsellor‎‎ may also be possible, depending on the type of school where a German teacher works.‎


‎As a teacher, your employment conditions are well regulated and laid down in the collective labour agreement, in which all employment conditions are regulated. Education has various advocates who are committed to education, such as the ‎‎general education union‎‎. The salary as a German teacher is determined on the basis of fixed scales that are used in education. Exactly what scale someone ends up in strongly depends on the type of school and/or whether the teacher has a first-degree or second-degree qualification. But experience and years of service also play an important role in determining the salary. The ‎‎salary‎‎ as a German teacher will usually be between 2200 and 4600 euros gross per month, depending on the type of school, diplomas, age, experience and responsibilities.‎

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