The SPRACHwerk Team
German / English
Raised in a multilingual environment, Deborah has been working as a professional language teacher, academic translator and interpreter for more than 25 years. She founded the SPRACHwerk language school in 2005. Deborah developed the teaching method used at SPRACHwerk over many years of training young adult students for oral foreign language exams and is convinced that it is the fastest and most effective way to help learners achieve fluency in a foreign language.
Karen hails from Geneva in French-speaking Switzerland. An art-school graduate with a degree in photography, she shifted her professional focus in 2010 to the teaching of French as a Foreign Language with an emphasis on general French, applied linguistics, conversation courses and business French. In 2011 she began teaching at SPRACHwerk, where she takes great pleasure in giving her students the knowledge they need to be able to function in French in their everyday and professional lives.
Nuri is from the Antalya Province in Southwestern Turkey on the Mediterranean Sea. He studied law and worked as a lawyer in Istanbul before moving to Germany in 1992. Since then, he has worked as a self-employed language teacher, including at the Leo-Baeck Foundation. He’s been a member of the SPRACHwerk team since 2011. As a teacher, Nuri radiates warm-heartedness and patience. He summarizes his philosophy as a language teacher in the following words: „When you learn a new language, you become yet another person“.
Italian / English
Valentina was born and raised in the north of Italy, where she attained a Master’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literature. Passionate about both literary multilingualism and language pedagogy, she has been studying and researching in the field of Comparative Literature since 2005 while working as an academic translator and language teacher in various educational settings. She spent several years living in Athens and Budapest, where she worked as an Italian and English teacher. She is currently a PhD candidate in Literary and Cultural Studies at the Justus-Liebig University of Giessen. Since 2015 she has been teaching Italian and English at SPRACHwerk with great passion, wit and skill.
Inmaculada M. Sánchez de Medina Herrera
Born and raised in Seville (Spain), Inmaculada first studied chemistry and then graduated with a diploma in musicology. After many years of experience as a research associate at the Universities of Seville, Milan, Utrecht and the Charité in Berlin, she chose to devote herself to foreign language teaching. She holds a DITALS-II certificate as a lecturer in Italian as a foreign language, a Master’s degree in teaching Spanish as a foreign language and a Diploma in Spanish as a foreign language, and is a licensed examiner for TELC (European Language Certificates). Since 2011 she has been teaching both Spanish and Italian at various VHS, the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, the German Geo-Research Centre (GFZ) Potsdam and, since 2015, also at SPRACHwerk.
Maria was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain. After completing her studies in translation and interpreting, she moved to Berlin in 2003. Her main languages are English, German, Spanish, Catalan and Italian. Since 2009 she has been working as a freelance translator, interpreter and language teacher. Since spring 2016 she has been teaching at SPRACHwerk. She is firmly convinced that “when we learn a new language, we not only expand our linguistic competence, but also our vision of the whole world and thus gain tolerance, respect and enthusiasm for the unknown”.