BURKART ENCKE

Lecturer in German

BIOGRAPHY

Since my studies of Modern and Contemporary History and Cultural Studies at Berlin Humboldt University (1995-2001), I have been working as a lecturer of German as a foreign language for the Berlin Goethe Institute and various academic institutions. My work profile includes both individual and group tuition at all course levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Furthermore, I have extensive experience in training my students for all exams and certificates offered by the Goethe Institute, as well as for the DaF and DSH tests. In addition to general language instruction, I offer courses in business German and job-specific courses for doctors, lawyers, diplomats and office managers. As a special feature, my portfolio includes specially designed courses for German grammar and writing at C1 and C2 levels.

I laid the foundations for my later profession as a lecturer of German as a foreign language at an early stage. Even as a pupil, I was fascinated by the German language, reading with enthusiasm the novels of Thomas Mann, the poems of Rainer Maria Rilke and the plays of Heinrich von Kleist.

I started my professional career as a lecturer of German as a foreign language at the Institute for Language and International Cultural Exchange (IFS), where I was invited to join the teaching team at Goethe Institute Berlin. There I have been teaching day courses, evening courses and individual courses with great enthusiasm for over 18 years – with a consistently excellent feedback from my students. Other institutions I work for include the European School of Management (ESCP Europe), Berlin Humboldt University (Language and Areas Studies program for US students), Business German at the Technische University Berlin and the British Embassy.