World Languages instructor, Marco Wilhelm, is originally from Saarland, a small state in Germany. He studied in both Germany and Spain, receiving a Master’s Degree in German, English and Spanish, and later a certification for teaching German as a foreign language. He started to teach German in Spain in 1998, and also worked for several years as a language instructor at a Volkshochschule (Adult Education Center) in Frankfurt, Germany. There he assisted learners of German from all over the world on all levels of their second-language acquisition and prepared them for German language exams. Apart from teaching general language classes, he also offered pronunciation and writing courses.
In January of 2016, Marco started teaching German at Bellevue College Continuing Education. With the exception of German for Travelers, he has only offered general language classes so far, but he intends to include more specialized classes like pronunciation courses.
The new beginners classes are in accordance with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), which makes them especially interesting for prospective students who are planning on living, working or studying in a German-speaking country. The new classes prepare students for the German-language proficiency exams according to the CEFR, which are offered each year around April by the Department of Germanics at the University of Washington.
Marco finds it a fascinating and instructive experience to look at one’s own first language from the outside. “There is so much you can learn by teaching. It is an always new and ever-changing process, and everybody learns differently. Therefore it never becomes boring, and you are never done learning when you teach.” The goal of the classes is to learn the language, but the way to get there is supposed to be fun. Group activities and games are part of the classroom experience whenever it is possible.
Thinking about learning the German language or want to take your skills to the next level? Sign up for a class with instructor Marco Wilhelm this fall or winter quarter!
World Languages Instructor
Last Updated October 28, 2016