Who we are

Who we are

Our Mission

Our mission is to create an enjoyable learning environment in which learners can explore the German language and culture. Our sessions do not have the typical 'classroom feel' but value each learner's individual background and knowledge. We see language as an integral part of culture and aim to prepare our learners to be able to communicate well in a German-speaking environment. 

Our Approach

With our approach, we accompany our learners on their German journey and encourage them to expose themselves to the German culture wherever possible. Additionally, we give them tools and strategies for independent learning outside of the classroom too.

Our Team

Nicole Neik
Nicole Neik
Originally from Berlin, Nicole – our Senior Teacher has crafted an extensive adult teaching skill set from teaching at universities’ language centres, businesses and the Royal Northern College of Music. She is the person to contact if you ever need help in finding out your language level!
Dominique Brockhaus-Grand
Dominique Brockhaus-Grand
Having lived in several European countries and growing up bilingual (German & French), Dominique’s heart belongs to Germany and the UK! A real passion for languages, accents and multi-lingual families feed into years of experience teaching adults and young learners when preparing for their exams.

Sabrina Wagner
Sabrina Wagner
Sabrina swapped the Swiss mountains for sunny Manchester, where she started teaching German in 2012. Her now online lessons are fun and interactive as she believes that language is more than a way to speak, it’s a way to make sense of the world that surrounds us.

Carlotta Dewald
Carlotta Dewald
Carlotta comes from Wolfenbüttel, a picturesque town in Lower Saxony in an area that is also known for being totally accent- and dialect-free! She also works at a boarding school that specialises in music, where she prepares students for their German A-level exams and cares for their well-being.

Maren Reents
Maren Reents
Maren, a Leisure and Tourism Management student, lives in East Frisia - a region in northwest Germany that is famous for its beautiful islands and tea drinking culture. She loves travelling and after spending a year in New Zealand, she was inspired to study tourism. Maren is supporting the team as an intern and works mainly on a podcast and Deutsch Centre events.
Judith Weber
Judith Weber
Judith is originally from the picturesque Rhineland-Palatinate, which is famous for its winemaking and carnival celebrations. She has been living and working in Manchester since 2017 and joined the Deutsch Centre in 2021. Judith loves using games and creative approaches to make learning fun and enjoyable.

Ellen Röcke
Ellen Röcke
Ellen spent two years in Manchester teaching singing and German before being whisked away to beautiful France to continue her teaching there. Originally from Bonn and a classically trained singing teacher by trade, she has always felt that sound and rhythm are essential elements of both music and language.
Marion Endt-Jones
Marion Endt-Jones
After studying German and working at a language school in Tübingen, Marion moved to Manchester in 2004 to complete her PhD. Having taught art history, museum studies and arts management at university level for over ten years, she is also a Nordic Walking and fitness instructor who enjoys helping learners from all walks of life to achieve their goals.

Vera Hohaus
Vera Hohaus
Vera, a linguist with vast experience in higher education, specialises in teaching German through its music, be it contemporary or classical. She is also the person to contact for advice on applying to higher education in Germany AND Tübingen, famous for one of Germany’s oldest universities and the sheer number of students that live there.
Hendrik Buchheister
Hendrik Buchheister
Hendrik has always been passionate about language which is reflected in his profession as a journalist, mainly covering football. Originally from Helmstedt, a former border town between West Germany and the GDR, he has been living in Manchester since 2017 and joined the Deutschcentre during the Covid pandemic running the Freitagsklub.

Richard Zimmermann
Richard Zimmermann
Richard is a professional linguist who has worked in higher education for over 10 years. Born and raised in a small town in the middle of Germany, he has since lived in many countries, including Germany, French-speaking Switzerland, Canada, the US and the UK, and thus knows how important language skills are to integrate and feel at ease. His experience as an expat and knowledge of linguistics informs his interactive and communication-driven teaching style.
Bastian Hohaus
Bastian Hohaus
Bastian is originally from Frankfurt (Main) in the heart of Germany and has recently made the move to Manchester. He has a passion for languages, both ancient and modern, and is an experienced and dedicated teacher who has taught at secondary schools in Germany.

Antje Timmermann
Antje Timmermann
Moving from Manchester’s twin city Chemnitz in 2012, Antje was surprised to find that there was no German language school in the city. So, in 2013 she founded the Deutsch Centre Manchester. With a background in education, theatre and business, Antje has a passion for making learning a fun life-experience.
Tabea Heckrodt
Tabea Heckrodt
Tabea is originally from Thuringia and has made the North West of England her home over 20 years ago. In her work, she combines her passion for languages and cultural exchange with her experience in art and charity events administration. She joined the Deutsch Centre Team in 2018 and is the person behind all DCI marketing and social media engagement.

Work With Us

We are looking to expand our team! If you are keen to share your passion for the German language and culture, we want to hear from you! We currently have the following positions available:

German Language Teachers

Job Specification
  • You will work with a small group of adult learners either online via zoom or in one of our Manchester based classrooms
  • 12 or 15 week courses of 1x90min session per week (usually in the evening
  • Courses start in January, May and September
  • Classes follow the coursebook series "Schritte international neu" (you will receive a copy from us)
  • Fees from £25 per 60min
 
Requirements
  • You are a native or bilingual (proficient) German speaker
  • You hold a qualification relevant to teaching German
  • You have experience in teaching or leading groups

Volunteers

Event Host

Our event series “Deutsch Centre Talks!” aims to bring German guests to an English audience to share a broad variety of German culture and language topics. As a host you will assist in recruiting and inviting guest, plan the interview content and host the online session.

This activity doubles as a fundraiser for our partner charity “Emmeline’s Pantry” and all proceeds from event donations are used to order and deliver groceries, toiletries and cleaning products to them.

We would ask you to commit to hosting 3-5 events over the time of 3 months. In return you would receive a two-hour teacher training workshop, have access to observe our German lessons and receive a certificate of completion/letter of reference in English or German.

You’ll also be invited along to one of our regular teaching-team meals (in Manchester or as “zoom Take-Away”)

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