Mathilde Broeks was born in the south of the Netherlands, grew up in the east, completed her master’s degree in civil law in the north and eventually ended up in the west for work.
What she wanted to be when she grew up? When she was young, she wanted to work as an acrobat at the circus, design unique houses as an interior designer, spend her days as a hermit as a Dutch-French translator and specialize in the law of persons and family law as a judge. But that turned out differently!
Mathilde has had a passion for puns, funny language mistakes and writing stories for as long as she can remember. She observes everything and everyone and likes to write, for example, about the life of a garbage bag or her neighbor with the six chihuahuas. After her law studies, she ventured into the office jungle and worked in the legal and editorial field for a few years. There she was busy with all kinds of things, except for what she really liked: the Dutch language. She laughed (read: cried) out loud at the office language that was used.
It didn’t take long before she decided to swap the office life for a career in teaching. She enrolled in a teacher training programme at VU University Amsterdam and the rest is history.
Mathilde currently mainly teaches conversation lessons, using podcasts and the ‘Delft method’. Although she wants to know all the ins and outs of the grammar rules for herself, her lessons are devoted to speaking about everyday topics. She doesn’t shy away from some craziness. Plays, improvisation, fantasy stories: she likes to challenge her students to use their creativity. The best thing about teaching non-native speakers at NedLes? The different norms, values and cultures of the students and the fascinating (group) conversations this provokes. Besides, it is valuable to constantly see the Dutch language, Dutch culture and life in the Netherlands from the perspective of newcomers.
Outside of her love for the Dutch language, Mathilde enjoys modern dance, trampoline jumping, singing in a fantasy language and listening to podcasts. At her home in Amsterdam she frequently performs walking handstands and does acrobatic tricks with her little son.