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Steve has been great help in my first few German lessons! I really appreciate his attentiveness, timeliness, and depth of knowledge in the language. So excited for my trip in May!Jan 24, 2017Verified
Mr. Griggs has been my German tutor for the past 2 years. In this time span, I have grasped concepts in the German language which were a struggle for me in the past - these areas include verb tenses, pronouns, and complex sentence structures. I feel I have learned so much from our lessons compared to my studies at a university. One thing I appreciate in my language studies with Mr. Griggs, is his ability to recognize that in learning a foreign language a student needs a variety of tools to master the language - these include narratives, reading materials, and auditory interactions. Mr. Griggs does a wonderful job in gathering tools to assist in teaching and there is no doubt in my mind that he goes beyond the call of duty to prepare for our lessons. I can tell a lot of time is put into the preparation for our lessons, as well as research on Mr. Griggs' part to tell us about a German topic of interest or suggestions to enhance our learning of the German language. Mr. Griggs definitely has the gift of teaching. My husband and I receive our lessons together and Mr. Griggs is able to use a variety of methods in which to captivate our interests and instruct us on our different levels of mastery in the German language. Our lessons are never dull and Mr. Griggs loves to 'shake up' the lessons which make our learning enjoyable.May 22, 2015
Mr. Griggs is an outstanding teacher. No matter the topic, I cannot say enough about the efficacy of his tutoring. I was attempting to learn the German language through an instructor from a popular online organization. For 15 months I struggled and I STILL could not hold a simple conversation in German. I was disillusioned yet determined to soldier-on. I found Mr. Griggs from conducting an online search and BOY - what a discovery! I have been with him for only several weeks and I am quickly coming up to speed in conversational German. Learning this language has become fun and I look forward to every class. It is the first time since I started to learn the German language that I actually read ahead of the next lesson - where I once dreaded even looking at a German primer. Mr. Griggs has a knack for making every lesson fresh and adds depth as he conveys the idioms and customs of modern Germany - since he used to live there. Several times, he has supplemented the textbook with outside material, such as familiar literature (stories, fairy tales, etc.) that I now read and speak in German, and various exercises Additionally, Mr. Griggs is punctual and prepared for every lesson, which I find VERY impressive. The value of his teaching skills and the benefits his students derive from them far exceed the cost of the lessons.Nov 30, 2012
Working with Stephen has been great! He is punctual and offers unique ways to improve German Language skills.Oct 9, 2019Verified
Stephen is great. He easily assessed exactly where I was and met me there. We even read a fairy tale during our second tutoring session and I didn't do half bad. So excited to keep growing my knowledge of the German Language!Aug 17, 2018Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My tuition fee is $20 per hour if the lessons are twice per week. I also offer three lessons per week at $17 each and four lessons per week at $15 for each. The cost of the Deutsch Aktuell text for German, used but in good condition from Amazon, is about $10.00 including shipping. The Latin text is about the same.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I engage my German clients in practical conversation by bouncing off of dialogs and stories from materials that I send and from an excellent textbook that is full of other resources as well. My focus in Latin is entirely on reading and translating passages about daily life or familiar folktales and mythology.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a BA in German and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching. Besides having lived and worked in Germany, I have taught either German or Latin or both for the last 30 years.