Marike has been my English teacher since 2011. She always comes extremely well prepared to our classes. Marike has a deep love for her profession and is passionate about my concerns as a student. Her love for her profession and clients always shines through. Her enthusiasm, optimism, and authenticity are truly unmatched. I have never worked with a teacher like that before. She does not only say that she cares. She truly cares and would do anything to support you. For example, she always spends hours on different strategies to help me improve. Her lessons are extremely well thought out and professional. Marike always personalizes your learning experience. She is an extremely gifted, highly adaptable teacher, truly unmatched in her efforts and talent as an instructor. No time is ever wasted in our class. She always does an outstanding job and will be a great asset for your education.
- Yurani, The Pan-American Health Organization, WHO
I am a French Art History professional. Last year, I spent six months in Washington to work on my thesis. When I arrived, my English level was pretty bad. Thanks to Marike, I could improve my level within only a few weeks. I needed to work both on listening comprehension, pronunciation and writing. The exercises I had to complete each week quickly helped me acquire idiomatic expressions, vocabulary and strong grammatical knowledge. Furthermore, Marike is a very special teacher. She was highly attentive to my needs and interests. In order to make the lessons interesting, we visited art exhibitions and museums together. The coaching sessions turned out to not only be academic English classes, but created a true immersion experience for me. I got to experience American life in its entirety. In addition, the experience was great on a human level as well. We often had fascinating conversations about a whole array of topics. After six months of intensive training, I learned more with her than in ten years of English lessons in France.
- Coline, Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France
I love having Marike as my English teacher. My experience has been wonderful. Marike is an extremely dedicated teacher. She always goes the extra mile and uses a variety of teaching methods. Her main purpose is for students to learn and succeed professionally. If you are really serious about wanting to have an impressive coaching experience with an extensive repertoire focused on pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary, take classes with her. You will not regret it. It has been an incredible journey with her patience and dedication. My decision to hire Marike as my teacher has turned out to be the most life changing professional development experience I have ever had.
- Nidia, The Pan American Development Fund, Washington, D.C.
Marike has taught me with a focus on verbal communication not only during my three years stay in D.C. but also via Skype since I moved back to France. Her classes are extremely efficient. I have improved my pronunciation and vocabulary while going through a wide array of topics. Marike is a cultured and brilliant teacher who knows how to make you improve with the right methodological tools. With a lot of patience and flexibility, she customizes as much as possible. She even helped me with my resume for a number of top positions and assisted me with a number of professional presentations. Now that I have returned to France, I realize what I owe her and how much she has helped me reach my current level. If I had to give someone else a recipe to be good at English, I would definitely advise them to meet with Marike.
- Vincent, The French Embassy/Paris, France
Marike is a fantastic English instructor. She not only adapts her classes to your specific needs but also makes them extremely interesting and enjoyable through high quality conversations and material. This is not the typical Business English course that you end up quitting! After four months of classes, I have tremendously improved my English skills. Now I feel much more comfortable using English in a professional and private environment.
- Carlota, The Inter-American Development Bank
When I was working on an ESL program for Russian teachers, I immediately thought of Marike when I had to find someone for the teacher training. Marike was a logical choice due to her groundbreaking approach to ESL teaching, or as she calls it, "coaching." The Russian teachers wanted to learn ESL for business and technology and Marike's focus on top-notch personalized and customized instruction really was instrumental for the success of the program.
- Monika Wilcox Program Manager International NGO