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Meet the people….

….who are behind Language Matters’ success
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Managing Proprietor

Sigrid Schweiger
Sigrid SchweigerManaging Proprietor

Sigrid has recently spent twelve months in Berlin to get a first-hand impression of how her country of origin deals with the asylum seeker crisis in Germany and Europe. There, she undertook studies in Arabic and completed her AEVO- the equivalent of Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to help with the integration programme.

In addition to her extensive teaching experience of German, Dutch, French and Italian, Sigrid holds a Diploma in Communications, Business & Management, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and the Certificate IV in Ethnic School teaching.

Sigrid has taught for more than seventeen years in primary, secondary, tertiary and corporate environments and successfully provides cross-cultural training, intercultural communication and integration seminars.

English

Rosemary Fitzgerald
Rosemary Fitzgerald
Rosemary Fitzgerald has a Bachelor of Arts degree, with Honours, a Masters degree and a PhD in literature and writing. She has been tutoring for the VCE, teaching the International Baccalaureate, Business English and English as a second language, has a background as a writer and has written over thirty plays and published stories. Rosemary is our leading expert on cross-cultural and international business speaking, training, and coaching and is helping executives succeed in cross-cultural and international business. Rosemary’s most recent work includes conducting cross-cultural training and mentoring programs for Mercedes Benz and Ontime Group. In the capacity of national expert, she is working with expats, their spouses and children helping them gain an understanding of Australian etiquette, linguistic idiosyncrasies, elocution and appropriate use of colloquialisms. Rosemary has designed, developed, and led advanced courses on cross-cultural communication aimed at business people working in Australia with English as their second language.
Her extensive knowledge and broad perspective deliver a comprehensive, highly effective approach that is readily applicable to business and personal interactions and shows the practical implications of these insights – enabling participants to implement the tools they have learned for immediate, tangible results. Rosemary has been with Language Matters since 2006 and is currently also tutoring at Monash University. She enjoys surfing, the German Film Festival, knitting and travel.

German

Grit Dielmann
Grit Dielmann
Grit Dielmann is an accomplished linguist and language teacher who has worked and studied in many exotic and fascinating places, such as Leipzig, Berlin and Moscow. Her languages include German, Russian and English.
Grit has been teaching since 1990 and has experience of diverse teaching environments, such as a Comprehensive School in London teaching German, at a College in Michigan in the United States teaching English Essay Writing and at German Secondary Schools in Berlin and Düsseldorf.
Grit has taught learners of all ages, and as a consequence, is able to design and deliver lessons which connect with her students. Grit is a passionate traveller, who brings her many and varied experiences of the world into the classroom.
Dr Josef Berger
Dr Josef Berger
Dr Josef Berger has trained as a secondary school teacher, and has a PhD in history from the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Based on his many years’ experience in teaching History, Religion and German, Josef has mastered the ability to bring out the best in each of his pupils. He is sensitive towards the individual needs of learners, flexible in his approach, and works hard to develop a rapport with his students, in order to meet their specific learning objectives.

Josef’s proficiency in language is coupled with extensive first-hand experience with clients of all nationalities and he has an excellent appreciation of the value of cross-cultural awareness. He is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable teacher and his joie de vivre and perspective on life make him a great asset to the Language Matters’ team.

Rosi Beuel
Rosi Beuel
Rosi has a background in the travel industry and has been one of Language Matters’ German tutors since 2003. Originally from Hamburg in northern Germany, Rosi moved to Australia in 1998. She works part-time as a Customer Service Agent at Melbourne Airport. Her shift work allows plenty of time for German tutoring at flexible hours. She loves to create ‘custom made’ German lessons, caters to the needs of all levels of learners and she likes to make learning German fun and interesting. In order to keep abreast with changes in the German language and culture, and of course, to catch up with family and friends, Rosi frequently travels to Germany. She enjoys sailing, travelling, gardening and mosaics.
Daniela Wissmann
Daniela Wissmann

Daniela Wissmann is a trained primary and secondary school teacher, who completed her studies in Mathematics and Physical Education at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Freiburg, Germany. As a teacher with a double qualification, she taught a range of age levels in a small village school by the Lake of Constance in Germany. As a result of this unique posting, Daniela is accomplished at adapting her lessons to various levels of proficiency. In 2005, Daniela added a Certificate in Foreign Language Teaching – English as a second language for Primary School- to her professional expertise.

Since moving to Australia in 2010, she has taught German and conducted private tutorials at a range of places including the Lyceum. Most recently, Daniela has been appointed as the German Language Assistant at Carey Grammar, where she provides conversational sessions for students of German in Year 11 and 12 studying the International Baccalaureate and VCE.

Daniela’s experience and knowledge of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary studies and language acquisition is first class and she brings a unique understanding and love for German culture, tradition, art and language to her work.

French

Patricia Jans
Patricia Jans
Patricia Jans has a long personal history as a linguist. She was raised in Switzerland in a bilingual household, and has travelled extensively in Europe, as well as Australia. Patricia is proficient at negotiating cultural and language challenges and understands that attitude and confidence play a large role in learning.

Patricia has worked as a language teacher and tutor in formal and informal environments, teaching both secondary students and adults. She is a relaxed and engaging teacher who works with her students to bring authenticity and fun to her lessons.

French & German

Véronique Reveillon
Véronique Reveillon
In 1987, Véronique, a French native speaker, gained her diploma of trilingual secretarial studies at “la Femme Secrétaire” in Paris. Véronique’s growing passion for German lead her to move to Germany, where she became immersed in the culture. She lived in Hamburg for 10 years, working as a trilingual secretary at an import and export company, before being promoted to a trilingual PA. She then followed her Australian husband to London, where she worked as a trilingual secretary for a law firm. All these years working with languages have given Véronique a strong knowledge of basics, a deep understanding of grammar, as well as fluency in the three languages. Since arriving in Australia in 2004, Véronique has become a busy mum of three children and has been teaching French and German at different levels.
As well as teaching French and German at Language Matters, she works as a VCE French Language Assistant, and helps prepare for French mock exams. Her enthusiasm for teaching languages is ‘infectious’ and makes her students keen to learn and improve their language skills.

German, French, Dutch & Manager Language Matters

Bernhard Henger
Bernhard Henger

Bernhard Henger specialises in teaching German, Dutch and French language classes, he has been Language Matters’ acting manager since January 2017 and in his spare time is working on perfecting his Russian, Spanish and Italian! Bernhard’s proficiency in multiple languages is coupled with extensive first-hand experience working with clients of all nationalities, from many diverse professions; which has equipped him with a genuine appreciation for the value of cross-cultural awareness.

Here in Melbourne, Bernhard has taught at Carey Baptist Grammar School, and the Temple Society Community Language School, as well as Language Matters.  In 2016, Bernhard played a vital role as an English-Swiss-German interpreter for the ground-breaking MPavillion-Project at Melbourne’s Botanical Gardens in 2016.

Bernhard is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable educator and has been working in the capacity of private tutor, interpreter and language assistant for many years. He combines this knowledge of language learning with his personal experience of working in managerial positions in the business world to create practical, context-based lessons that his business students can apply within their work environments as they learn.

Italian & Spanish

Valeria Suriano
Valeria Suriano

Valeria Suriano has a postgraduate degree from the University of Bologna, and came to Melbourne on exchange, to complete an internship and to conduct research for her Master’s Thesis at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University. She holds a two-year Master’s Degree in Specialised Translation (from English and Spanish into Italian) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistic and Intercultural Mediation (English, Spanish and Portuguese). Valeria has successfully completed an academic course on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and also studied French for five years.

As an enthusiastic Language teacher, Valeria creates a dynamic learning environment, adopting the use of ICT to redefine learning and teaching, and to support student engagement and collaboration. Her teaching style fosters positive and productive relationships between class members and herself, as she brings warmth, patience and a passion for languages into all her lessons. As well, Valeria’s training as an inter-cultural mediator is of great benefit, as it places a strong value on intercultural language learning as a means of authentic language acquisition.

Through the use of the most up-to-date pedagogical approaches including inquiry based learning, Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), Valeria enables her students to become active learners. Her teaching skills and practice, enthusiasm for Language learning and passion for student wellbeing make her a valuable colleague in the progressive and vibrant learning community of Language Matters.

Portuguese and Spanish

Helen Andrade Coelho
Helen Andrade Coelho
Helen is teaching the International Baccealaureate A Language and Literature course in Portuguese on behalf of Language Matters at Wesley College. Besides teaching at Language Matters, she also works as a coordinator and teacher at Cultura Brasileira, where, in additions to teaching, she is in charge of curriculum planning, executing projects, managing staff, and managing staff and resources. Originally trained in Brazil in Computer Science, Helen completed a postgraduate course in Computing Applied to Education in 2001 and decided to start her own business, where she successfully ran a computer and language training centre in Brazil with a focus towards language teaching and management. She has taught English and Portuguese as a second language for over ten years in school and corporate environments.
Passionate about learning and development, Helen has lived and worked in different countries such as Brazil, The United States and Bolivia gaining vast experience in culture, language, and cross cultural awareness. Helen moved to Australia in 2010 with her daughter and son to help her daughter achieve the dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer and her son to be educated bilingually. Here in Melbourne, she gained a Diploma of Marketing in 2011 and an Advanced Diploma of Business in 2012.

Office

Jeanette FarrellAdministrator
Jeanette is our Office Administrator. She was born and bred in Melbourne and has been working as an Administrative Officer for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development for the past 25 years. Her hobbies include playing squash and tennis, gardening, walking her dogs on the beach, and having fun with family and friends. Foreign languages amaze her and working with Languages Matters provides her with the unique opportunity of first-hand learning about other cultures without having to leave the country.