About Us

SPECIALIST GERMAN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE FOR ADULT STUDENTS

Aiming to fill Adelaide’s need for a specialist German Language Institute for adult learners, the German Academy was established in late 2016, striving to provide high quality, professional and enjoyable German language classes for adult students – from beginners to advanced levels.  

With 2020 and that unusual year's numerous German Language Programs having drawn to yet another successful close (please see our TESTIMONIALS for students' feedback), we are proud to present our 2021 Course Schedule designed as usual to suit a variety of skill levels and needs – with more still to come along the way...

The combination of small class sizes, carefully selected workspaces and fully qualified and experienced teaching staff is designed to ensure a pleasant and effective language learning experience.

 

OUR TEACHING STAFF

Daniel Ganama

Daniel Ganama is Head of Languages and Coordinator of German at Pembroke School. Prior to this, he led the Languages Faculty at St Peter’s College where he also taught German for 15 years to students from Years 7 to 12 (in both SACE and the IB).

As a native German, he hails from the northern port city of Hamburg, where he also worked as a freelance journalist before he came to Adelaide for university studies (and stayed for love).

In addition to his teaching qualification, Daniel holds First Class Honours in German Studies, a Master of Education degree, specialised in Languages Education, and a Graduate Diploma in Positive Education.

Frauke Guenther

MA (equiv., University of Göttingen, Germany: German and English Linguistics & Literature, Pedagogy, Pedagogical Psychology);
Goethe-Institut certified Examiner (Goethe-Zertifikat A1-C2) - 'Prüfungsverantwortliche' (Chief Examiner) for South Australia

A native speaker, Frauke brings to the German Academy her experience in lecturing in German Studies (School of Humanities) at Adelaide University as well as in PCE’s (Professional & Continuing Education’s) German Language Program – also at the University of Adelaide. Prior to that, she taught at the Goethe Institutes Sydney and Melbourne, and has also worked at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

For many years by now, Frauke has also been assisting the SACE Board (South Australian Certificate of Education) in a number of roles involving her German language expertise.

Marie Hankel

After completing her Teaching Degree in Bavaria, Germany (MA equiv., majoring in German and Geography), Marie worked as a teacher for German, Social & Economic Studies at a local vocational school, where over the course of five years she made her first experiences in teaching German not only as a first but also as a second language.

Following a stay in Kenya teaching German as part of an aid project, Marie migrated to Australia where she has taught at the German Saturday School in Naremburn, Sydney, and lectured in German Studies at Adelaide University’s School of Humanities - thereby working across various ages and levels of the German language.

Marie brings to the Academy her passion for teaching along with her excellent native German language skills and cultural knowledge.

Vanessa Kreusch

MA (Potsdam University, Germany: Foreign Language Linguistics for German & English as a Second Language)

In 2020, Vanessa came from her native Germany to assist and teach at the German Department at the University of Adelaide. Having thus found refuge in Adelaide during the pandemic, she is now in the midst of applying for a PhD position in Linguistics and Language Teaching here in South Australia.

With over 5 years of experience at private language institutes and schools across Berlin and her ongoing involvement at the German Department at the University of Adelaide, Vanessa has taught adults and children of various backgrounds and ages from beginners to advanced levels. She has a keen interest in language acquisition, is deeply committed to teaching German language and culture including lots of conversational practice - and loves the challenge of making complex grammar accessible to all learners.

Hedwig Lindner

MA (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Germany)

Being a native speaker, Hedwig contributes to the Academy more than a decade of experience in teaching German as a foreign language at the Goethe Institute Sydney, the University of New South Wales (UNSW), the University of Adelaide as well as at WEA both in Sydney & Adelaide.

Her deep passion for language teaching and the immersion in different cultures stems from having learned various languages herself (at native level as well as later on) and her fascination with the manifold ways of language acquisition across a broad spectrum of students. Hedwig has taught German at multiple levels from beginners to advanced, as well as in specialised classes for individual learners.