Hello, my name is Hanna and I am a German teacher. I am from Germany and I was raised in a small town in the north where the landscape is very flat, and it is green allover for it rains more than half of the year. I was brought up a bilingual. German Bilingualism for German and low German; the latter being an ancient language which is in extinction. I always thought that when I had children, I would talk to them in low German but now that I am a mom of two, they are bilingual in Spanish and German.
I’m fascinated at languages per se, acquisition of a language either mother tongue or foreign and of course multicultural acquisition. I studied “Language and Communication” and hold a master’s in “Teaching German as a Foreign Language”. I was brought by my children To Walldorf pedagogy when I looked for a place where they could grow up to their natural rhythm in a familiar environment and in contact with nature.
The idea of the acquisition of a foreign language at a Waldorf School is that of a mother tongue i.e. students learn a foreign language unconsciously, experiencing the language through songs, finger play, playing, storytelling and small handcraft. Students connect to the German language through their feelings and doing and teaching I feel like I share with them a piece of my culture and childhood experiences.