Renske Berns

Renske Berns has been a familiar face at NedLes since 2017. After completing the Research Master’s in the Linguistics programme at the University of Amsterdam, Renske worked as a project manager at translation agencies for several years. Although she enjoyed her work, she missed having contact with people and getting hands-on with language. In 2012, she enrolled in an NT2 teacher training programme, which enabled to fulfil her dream of becoming a teacher of Dutch as a second language. Renske is very passionate about languages: if there was a job for which you just had to learn new languages, this would be her dream job and the only reason for her to switch careers. Until that moment comes, teaching Dutch to non-native speakers gives her the opportunity to share her passion, learn about new cultures and meet interesting people from all over the world.

In 2018 – out of curiosity – she followed a workshop about teaching with the Delft method and she was blown away by the results. After just a few lessons all of the students were able to speak with each other and the teacher in Dutch! Together with her colleagues Lobke and Welmoed she has been trained to teach with this method in 2019 and she has been teaching mainly with the Delft method ever since! In 2023 she also took on an interesting experiment: teaching Italian to some of NedLes’ teachers with the very same Delft method. The success of the students convinced her even more about the effectiveness of the method. Besides teaching, Renske is also part of the management team. She enjoys knowing all the ins and outs of the company and plays an important role in making sure the high quality of the lessons and the teachers is maintained.

Renske loves food and eating with friends and family. She especially loves Italian cuisine as she lived – at the beginning of this century – in Italy for three years. Language also plays an important role in her life outside of work. A few years ago, she took up the challenge of learning Turkish. As a mother of two daughters, her busy life has forced her to put this hobby aside, but she hopes to resume very soon. It is such a pity that there is no Delft method course for Turkish; she would love to experience the student side of this method.