Lobke Timmerman

Lobke Timmerman is a familiar face at NedLes. Language and language learning have always been Lobke’s passion and she feels fortunate to have been able to turn her passion into her career. Lobke holds a degree in Italian language and culture and general linguistics and has been teaching Dutch to non-native speakers since 2008. In her work, she draws on her own experiences learning foreign languages. She took French and Spanish courses and currently she is trying to learn Norwegian. Therefore,   she understands the joy, but also the frustration of trying to learn a new language. She knows very well how insecure you can feel when you do not yet have a good command of the language. Lobke has a tremendous way of connecting to her students. She is friendly and helpful, and her classes are filled with fun and laughter. Lobke believes that relaxation is the ideal state in which to learn. Because when we laugh, we relax and learning increases! At the same time Lobke is keen on making her students talk as much as possible during the classes because that is what the classes are for. She encourages students to overcome their fear of speaking and making mistakes. Using gestures and other techniques she corrects mistakes and helps students to correct themselves. Although she can be quite strict sometimes, students appreciate her for her warm and energetic dedication. She enjoys teaching at all levels, using the Delft method as well as other courses like Code Plus and Nederlands naar perfectie.

Lobke is married and lives with her husband and three children in the Amsterdam-Zuidoost district. She loves listening to podcasts, rummaging through charity shops and cooking. When she is not working at NedLes, she enjoys cycling through Amsterdam. With her three children in or cycling next to the cargo box, it never gets boring. She dreams of going on a cycling holiday with the whole familie one day!