The team of Lest Best consists of eleven experienced and professional teachers who are all specialized in Dutch as a second language. Our office manager is Liesbeth Ritfeld. She is responsible for the communication, organisation and administration of Lest Best. Rachèl van de Kant takes care of the process of registrations, the planning of information meetings and she arranges course evaluations. The overall guidance is in the hands of Mike van Silfhout.
It gives me great pleasure to work as an Office Manager at Lest Best. I take care of several proceedings at the secretariat and manage the administration. Students can contact me for travel costs statements. The invoices for our language courses are from my hand. There is always plenty of work at our office. It is very nice to see, or must I say hear, how quickly new students get the hang of the Dutch language.
A good command of the local language and an understanding of the culture are esssential for newcomers to succesfully participate in a society. Having lived and worked abroad, I have experienced this myself. Now that I am back in the Netherlands I enjoy helping people from different parts of the world become proficient at using the Dutch language, and acquainted with the culture.
In your mother tongue you give meaning to the world around you. Learning a new language allows for a new perspective. Many non-native speakers are able to notice things that go unnoticed to native speakers. Some may also learn something new about themselves. The different language backgrounds of the students and the various ways in which they acquire the Dutch language and culture, makes teaching Dutch for me so interesting and inspiring!
Before working as an NT2 teacher, as a sociologist I did research on the labour market position of migrants. Having a language deficiency is an important reason for employers not to hire migrants. As an NT2-teacher I try to take away this threshold for them. I think it is great to combine my passion for languages and teaching with my knowledge on Dutch society and labour market. This way, I hope to modestly contribute to the integration of foreigners in the Netherlands.
The common thread in my working life is the Dutch language. Language fascinates me from early on: whether it is the language of a song or a conversation, from a child or a poem, or from students taking language lessons from me. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to provide language training. The enthusiasm, the effort and achievements of students I find very inspiring. And it is nice to see how people thanks to language lessons can enter a new world, with new opportunities.
Our students learn a language that is new to them. By doing this, they work on their future in the Netherlands. I like to witness that process. It is satisfying to guide the students. Having fun at learning is important to me. I am happy to engage my enthusiasm for the Dutch language.
Before working as an NT2 teacher, I worked at a theatre company. As such I experienced beautiful stories, but this job is even more beautiful. Each student has his own story and that makes my job really worth wile. It is great fun to teach all these different people in the profession I love, the Dutch language with all its peculiarities. And I gladly transfer this pleasure to my students.
What makes my job as a Dutch teacher so interesting is that not a single day is the same: different levels, students and new themes to be dealt with. Additionally, you see students exploring the world around them by learning the complicated, strange, but also funny Dutch language. I think it's amazing to see how quickly students learn and which big steps they can take in a relatively short time. This makes that I am doing my work with a lot of enthusiasm!
There is one skill that can give an enormous boost to your life in a new environment: communication. I enjoy guiding our students in learning the Dutch language. I want to make them aware of their learning process and have them experience themselves how to acquire the language best. In this way I hope to contribute to their personal development and success.
The diversity in languages and cultural backgrounds of the students and their own way of language learning makes working as an NT2 teacher very interesting.
By learning the Dutch language and culture they build a future in the Netherlands. With enthusiasm I follow the jumps that students make in a relatively short period of time. As well as during the speech therapy as during the NT2 lessons, it is my aim to contribute to the speech and language development of multilingual speakers.
My love for language originated from listening to the stories my mother told me and, by the time I could read myself, by reading books. The access to the language opened a new world for me. After I studied Dutch, I worked a long time as an editor, in particular for teaching methods. In 2012 I have done the training to become an NT2 teacher and developed myself to an impassioned teacher. For students the learning of the language is the access to their future in the Netherlands. It is fascinating to guide them.