Featured Teacher

Elizabeth Sims

Berne-Farmsen - Hamburg, Germany

We would like to recognize Speakeasy Teacher Elizabeth Sims. She has shown great motivation and dedication to building her private freelancing student base. She has twenty years of teaching experience, and enjoys business English and teaching English for travelers and tour guides.  


After the tour industry shut down due to COVID, she started focusing on building her private student base. In a few short months, she has created a full schedule of private clients. She has also started to host weekly teacher conversation groups.  


She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.  

For teachers and students everywhere... This little nine-year-old boy is already learning how to inspire. 

Questions & Answers with Elizabeth

1. Tell us about your time living and teaching abroad. How long? Where? 

I moved to Germany in 2018 after retiring from teaching in Boulder, Colorado. Until recently, I lived with my youngest daughter in a little village outside of Hamburg. However, in May of this year, we made the move to downtown Hamburg … much busier and more exciting!! 

2. When and where did you receive your TEFL Certification?

When I decided to make the move to Germany, teaching English was a logical choice for me. I had spent the last 20 years teaching English and Science to middle schoolers. However, I knew I didn’t want to teach full-time, so I gravitated towards freelancing. I got my TEFL certification and Business English certification online through Global Language Training but brought my years of teaching experience with me. I have found it to be a challenging and extremely rewarding experience.  

3. What is the most surprising thing you have learned during this experience?  

I find the differences between the US and Germany to be fascinating … I especially love the focus on family and relationships here. And I absolutely love my students! Being so wholeheartedly welcomed into their lives has enriched this experience beyond my wildest hopes and dreams. 


4. What are your preferred areas of teaching English?  

I have an eclectic collection of skills that I bring to my teaching and have built much of my business around that collection. As a freelance teacher, I teach both traditional English classes (all levels) as well as Business English classes. But I have found that I really love coaching new ESL teachers, and am building up a clientele in that area. I also teach English for travelers and tour guides/ docents (I’m a certified and experienced tour director), professionals in the Counseling/ Psychology fields (I have a Master’s degree in Counseling/Psychology and 10 years experience as a counselor), and people working in the Hospitality fields. I love creating individualized lessons for my students to meet the exact needs they bring to me. 


5. Do you miss anything from the states? (i.e. family, food, shops, etc.)   

(i.e. family, food, shops, etc.) Besides family and friends, the two biggest things I miss are good Mexican food and some of the better fast-food restaurants. I don’t really like to cook, so popping in to grab a decent quick meal has definitely been missed.


6. How are you handling the global pandemic and living in Germany? 

I have found the quarantine here to be rather easy to handle and has given me a chance to really redefine and focus on my English business. I shifted most of my business online, which has opened up all sorts of possibilities for me. I spent the worst of the quarantine in a small village, so was able to enjoy daily walks with the dog in the beautiful forest behind my house. The only worry has been for my two grown children back in the States. My son is a health care worker in a large Chicago hospital and my daughter works in the restaurant industry in Miami, so the concerns for their safety have been pretty intense. Not being able to travel to see them is hard, but I know this will pass eventually. So, I talk to them every day and choose to stay positive. 

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. -William A. Ward


Auditory Learning


Auditory learners learn best while they are actively listening. They concentrate best by receiving new or difficult information by listening to themselves or someone else talking. 


People with strong auditory preferences are more confident and successful when they can:

  • Learn by listening to others

  • Receive instructions aurally from speakers and recordings

  • Repeat the information aloud and/or repeat it in their heads

  • Talk about/Discuss/Record texts when mastering or reinforcing new or difficult information and ideas   

Visual Learning 


Visual learners are those who find it easiest to remember what they read or view.  


They can visualize pages and sections of printed text, and they remember the layout, headings, subheadings, keywords, captions, and images.


  • Learn by viewing images, graphics, demonstrations, and performances

  • Watch introductory presentations and instructional videos

  • Visualize or see the required finished product – its shapes, colors, and features

  • Timelines with symbols and images, storyboards and animations, and/or pictorial flash cards



/prəˈfɛʃ(ə)n(ə)lɪz(ə)m/ noun


Learner's definition of Professionalism


: the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well

Professionalism used in a sentence. 

  • A high level of professionalism is expected when working with clients.

  • He is highly respected for her professionalism.

  • They were impressed by the sheer professionalism of the performance.


Look up the definitions for the words listed below. Write them down to create your very own vocabulary list. Most importantly: Practice, Practice, Practice.







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Kinesthetic Learning


Kinaesthetic learners prefer to learn new or difficult information through 'real-life' experiences and demonstrations. They concentrate best when they are physically active and able to use their large muscle groups in the learning process. Experiential learning suits them well.


People with strong kinaesthetic preferences are more confident and successful when they can:

  • Engage in physical activities and games while learning

  • Learn through active participation in real situations or imagined scenarios

  • Practice following instructions and directions before attempting a task or an assessment

  • Kinesthetic learners prefer roleplay, active problem-solving, information walls and musical performances just to name a few

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