The Lest Best teaching team consists of sixteen experienced and professional teachers, all of whom specialize in Dutch as a second language. Our office manager is Liesbeth Ritfeld. She is responsible for the communication, organization and administration of Lest Best. Rachèl van de Kant takes care of everything in the field of registrations, intakes and course evaluations. The overall management of Lest Best is in the hands of Mike van Silfhout.
Ik ben als NT2-docent begonnen vanuit een behoefte om te communiceren met mensen. Vóór ik als docent aan de slag ging, werkte ik in de media, voornamelijk als radiomaker. Dat gaat ook over communiceren. Het is eigenlijk het leukste wat er is: contact maken met mensen. Of het nu via spraak is of via schrift. Ik vind het ontzettend mooi om mijn medemens een zetje in de goede richting te geven. Om ze de benodigde instrumenten te bieden waardoor ze niet alleen in Nederland wonen, maar ook echt deel uitmaken van onze samenleving.
Our students learn a language that is new to them. By doing this, they work on their future in the Netherlands. I like to witness that process. It is satisfying to guide the students. Having fun at learning is important to me. I am happy to engage my enthusiasm for the Dutch language.
As a NT2-teacher, I can combine my interest in language with teaching. It’s very inspiring to teach students from many different cultural backgrounds. I enjoy witnessing the way they learn from each other and improve their language skills. By creating a safe and pleasant learning environment, I hope to motivate and enthuse students to learn Dutch in their own way.
Growing up with both Danish and Dutch, I have been interested in comparing languages from an early age. For this reason, I decided to study Linguistics and after this I was trained to become a certified NT2-teacher. So, I turned my passion into my job. I love to combine this passion with the social-emotional aspect in my work; creating a safe atmosphere in the classroom, so that the students can learn Dutch optimally and will feel at home in the Netherlands.
Before working as an NT2 teacher, I worked at a theatre company. As such I experienced beautiful stories, but this job is even more beautiful. Each student has his own story and that makes my job really worth wile. It is great fun to teach all these different people in the profession I love, the Dutch language with all its peculiarities. And I gladly transfer this pleasure to my students.
A good command of the local language and an understanding of the culture are esssential for newcomers to succesfully participate in a society. Having lived and worked abroad, I have experienced this myself. Now that I am back in the Netherlands I enjoy helping people from different parts of the world become proficient at using the Dutch language, and acquainted with the culture.
The common thread in my working life is the Dutch language. Language fascinates me from early on: whether it is the language of a song or a conversation, from a child or a poem, or from students taking language lessons from me. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to provide language training. The enthusiasm, the effort and achievements of students I find very inspiring. And it is nice to see how people thanks to language lessons can enter a new world, with new opportunities.
The diversity in languages and cultural backgrounds of the students and their own way of language learning makes working as an NT2 teacher very interesting.
By learning the Dutch language and culture they build a future in the Netherlands. With enthusiasm I follow the jumps that students make in a relatively short period of time. As well as during the speech therapy as during the NT2 lessons, it is my aim to contribute to the speech and language development of multilingual speakers.
There is one skill that can give an enormous boost to your life in a new environment: communication. I enjoy guiding our students in learning the Dutch language. I want to make them aware of their learning process and have them experience themselves how to acquire the language best. In this way I hope to contribute to their personal development and success.
My love for language originated from listening to the stories my mother told me and, by the time I could read myself, by reading books. The access to the language opened a new world for me.
After I studied Dutch, I worked a long time as an editor, in particular for teaching methods. In 2012 I have done the training to become an NT2 teacher and developed myself to an impassioned teacher. For students the learning of the language is the access to their future in the Netherlands. It is fascinating to guide them.
Naast mijn studie werk ik mee op het secretariaat bij Lest Best. Ik zorg er onder andere voor dat cursisten op tijd hun studiematerialen ontvangen en dat zij hun behaalde resultaten kunnen inzien. Daarnaast zijn er nog een heleboel andere klusjes die ik op mij neem. Er is altijd wel weer iets nieuws waar ik mij mee bezig kan houden, elke werkdag ziet er voor mij dan ook anders uit. Dit maakt mijn werk extra leuk.
As a Course Coordinator at Lest Best I handle all registrations for a course.
Students can contact me with questions regarding the application, the intake interview, certificates, attendance lists, course evaluations and questions about courses in general.
I really enjoy the contact with students. It also continues to amaze me how quickly students learn the language. No day is the same at our busy secretariat. That's what makes the work so fun and varied.
There is always a good and positive atmosphere at Lest Best. I am very happy that I can contribute a small part to the success of the students.
It gives me great pleasure to work as an Office Manager at Lest Best. I take care of several proceedings at the secretariat and manage the administration. Students can contact me for travel costs statements. The invoices for our language courses are from my hand. There is always plenty of work at our office. It is very nice to see, or must I say hear, how quickly new students get the hang of the Dutch language.
If you want to work or study at a high level in the Netherlands, good command of the language is a requirement. At Lest Best we help newcomers to make their dreams come true in the Netherlands. We do this by teaching them the Dutch language in the best possible way and by challenging them to put their language skills into practice. As general manager I am responsible for the daily operations of Lest Best. Together with the team, I ensure that our language courses are of high quality, efficient and effective, and meet the needs of our students.