Featured Teacher

Elizabeth DePola-Fortier

Aachen, Germany

We would like to congratulate Elizabeth as our Featured Teacher of the month.


Elizabeth is an enthusiastic and patient English teacher, focusing on business English, young learners with ASD, and academic English. Speakeasy highly recommends Elizabeth as a specialized English trainer in the above-mentioned training Programs.


She has a background in behavioral psychology, working with kids on the autism spectrum. She also earned her bachelor's degree in foreign language, focusing on Spanish language and culture. She is Tefl-certified and brings a unique professional experience to language learners. Elizabeth provides private or group training with tailored lessons for your company. She will train your staff onsite at your preferred location.

We are very proud of her and all of her accomplishments! Thank you for being part of the Speakeasy team, Elizabeth. 

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've been living in Aachen, Germany since September 2019 and have been teaching here since January 2020. I primarily teach through language schools, though I teach privately as well. 

2. When and where did you receive your TEFL Certification? If no, TEFL certification, then tell us your background and why you decided to teach.  

 I completed my certification through the International TEFL Academy's 12-week online course. I chose to include specializations in Business English / English for Academic Purposes and English for Young Learners. 

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

  Just how dynamic class schedules can be. Coronavirus has maximally highlighted the professional and economic challenges of working freelance, especially in a private educational capacity. 


4. What are your preferred areas of teaching English?  

I mainly teach one-to-one, which to me is more important than which subject area I'm teaching. I love being able to offer students my undivided attention, and one-to-one students progress more quickly because the classes are hyper-interactive. 

However, my favorite classes are English for Academic Purposes, English for Young Learners, and Conversational English. 

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

Luckily we have friends on a military base in Germany, so I get LaCroix and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce as often as possible. Obviously, I miss my family, but waking up to my whole street smelling like fresh German bread, having accessible travel, and the diversity of languages and cultures in Germany are what dreams are made of. 


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

I feel lucky to have been living here during COVID. Germany has handled the pandemic phenomenally, and it's been a privilege to have transitioned back to some semblance of normalcy while family and friends in the US are still under lockdown or working from home. 

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

Academic English 
Business English
Young Learner, Kids & Teens
Conversational English 
English Through Activities

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