Meet Our Teachers

Nicole Neik

Senior Teacher

 Where are you from?


I’m originally from Berlin, Germany’s beautiful capital. Even though Berlin is a great place full of culture and history, when I first came to Manchester I fell in love with the city and couldn’t bring myself to leave again.


What are your qualifications?


I did my teacher training at the German Department of the University of Manchester and with the Deutsch Centre and have been teaching classes and private students at different levels ever since.

What is your teaching experience?

I started teaching German at the German Department of the University of Manchester for small groups and seminars of different levels. Since then, I have been teaching different levels of German classes with a couple of language schools, including the Deutsch Centre, and I took up teaching for the Language Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University. I also teach private students, for instance in Business German to prepare them for a job.

Do you specialize in anything?

I have been teaching a lot of different Beginner classes/students, focussing on making people feel comfortable to talk.

What do you like best about teaching?

There are many things I love about teaching: the first conversations Beginners have, the moment students start joking around in German. I think my favourite is listening to students’ stories about times they got to show off their German and to keep people excited about learning languages.

What is the traditional food in your region?

I think the food Berlin is most well-known for is the Currywurst and the Döner Kebab. Which doesn’t sound like the most German food the ones in Berlin are going to be one of the best things you ever will eat J

Dominique Brockhaus-Grand


Where are you from?

I have lived extended periods in several European countries, but my heart is split between Germany and the UK. Home in Germany is in the South, in the area surrounding Munich mainly, and I lived in Erlangen for a while. I have been in Manchester for a long time now. Although I am not enamoured of the weather, I find that the warmth of the people makes up for it.

What are your qualifications?

I completed an MA in English and German when I was in France. After a couple of years of teaching languages to adults in the UK, I then went onto a PGCE (FAHE) which allows me to teach 16+. I also have a couple of “side qualifications”: an accountancy certificate and an Introduction to Montessori Certificate.

What is your teaching experience?

I started working for the Deutsch Centre International in 2019, mostly teaching online and developing the online learning programme with Antje. I also currently teach at MMU on the Uniwide programme, so students around 18 to 20 years of age with a few mature students thrown in. In the past, I have taught in several adult education colleges as well as in industry. Over the years, I have also been helping students with their German GCSE and A-Level preparation through private tuition and now offer this experience to small groups of students regularly.

Special interests?

I have a passion for languages and accents. I love finding out how other languages work, even languages that I don’t speak, to find out about their characteristics. The variety never ceases to amaze me. I also love listening out for regional accents and have been known to earwig on strangers’ conversation just to find out where they were from.

Another keen interest of mine is bilingual / multilingual families. My personal and professional circumstances mean that I know a lot of bilingual and trilingual families and I am well aware of the challenges of bringing children up to be bilingual (or more).

What do you like best about teaching?

Teaching adults! Adult learners are eager to learn, and it is wonderfully rewarding to help them progress towards their goal.

Facilitating communication across different languages and cultures.

What is the traditional food in your region?

I am lucky that Bavaria and Franconia have very nice food. I’d say Schweinshaxe (roasted pork knuckle with crispy skin) or Bavarian Leberkäse (kind of meatloaf) which contains neither liver nor cheese! Getting away from meat, I’d say asparagus season is a good time to be there, as you can see it being sold by the roadside everywhere, fresh from the field. Also, Pfifferlingsuppe, chanterelles soup, to be honest, I’m not sure it is strictly southern, but I’ll claim it anyway as it so tasty.

Lisa Gust


Where​ ​are ​ ​you ​ ​from?  


I’m from a rather small town called Mettmann, near Düsseldorf in North Rhine-Westphalia.


What​ ​are ​ ​your ​ ​qualifications?  


I’ve got a Bachelor’s degree in English and German Linguistics and Literature. I also hold a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency (C2) and a Certificate in Introduction to Public Service Interpreting.  Last but not least, I run my own writing and translation business, so I'm basically surrounded by language, grammar and spelling all day!


What​ ​is ​ ​your ​ ​teaching ​ ​experience?


I used to teach at German tutoring institutes Schülerhilfe and Studienkreis, where I worked with school kids aged between six and 18. In 2015, when the first wave of refugees came to Germany, I taught them German. And then I also worked at my university, the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf, and taught a tutorial for ‘The Introduction to English Linguistics’ to first-year-students. 

Do​ ​you ​ ​specialize ​ ​in ​ ​anything?  My BA focus was on linguistics and I’m very interested in languages in general. Because of my experience in working with people from different ages and cultural backgrounds, I think I’m quite good at adapting my lessons  so that the student(s) get(s) the maximum profit from them. I also have a real soft spot for poetry and actually read it for fun in my spare time.

What do  you  like  best  about  teaching?  


It’s amazing to see the students’ knowledge as well as their confidence grow. It never fails to make me smile  when someone gets more fluent in the language and actually enjoys holding a conversation. Seeing their progress is lovely and makes my job so rewarding.

What​ ​is ​ ​the ​ ​traditional ​ ​food ​ ​in ​ ​your ​ ​region?  


Well, Düsseldorf is known for having ‘the longest bar in the world’, and the Altbier is quite popular! In terms of food, Sauerbraten is pretty well-known, and my nan used to make a cracking one. 

Hakan Ulus


Where are you from?

I was born in a small city called Buxtehude which is near Hamburg, but grow up in Mönchengladbach, 

North Rhine-Westphalia.

What are your qualifications?

I have completed a M.A. in Composition and Musicology and a M.Mus. in Contemporary Music in Salzburg, 

Frankfurt and Leipzig. After my studies I lived as an Artist in Residence in Salzburg, Berlin and Istanbul and 

gave concerts and lectures in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Sweden, UK, Turkey, USA, Singapore 

and Australia. As a musicologist, I have published several articles on music and philosophy.  

Currently, I am a PhD researcher and teaching assistant at the University of Huddersfield. 

What are your teaching experiences?

I started teaching German to native speakers as well as to beginners (German as a foreign language) privately  

during my A levels and continued this activity also during my studies at University. As a Musician, I was teaching

Piano and Music Theory in Salzburg and Frankfurt. Currently, I am teaching Composition, Music Theory 

and Orchestration at the University of Huddersfield.

What is your speciality?

I am well-read in German literature and philosophy. My master’s thesis was a critical aesthetic and philosophic reflection about the influence of the art epoch of Mannerism on Contemporary Music. My PhD research is about the aspect of Transculturality in Music.

For advanced students, I like to include the linguistic features from writes such as Thomas Bernhard, Thomas Mann and Heinrich Heine. 

I am used to teaching students from all ages, beginners, intermediate and advanced.

What is the best thing about teaching?

I love teaching! It is a great pleasure to interact with student, to see their fascination and to see their 

improvements. It is very satisfactory to me to accompany the students from the very beginning of their

language learning to the moment where they can have a proper conversation in German. One of my main 

goals is that the students enjoy the German language and have fun learning it.

Which food is typical for your region?

North Rhine-Westphalia is well-known for its Pumpernickel, a typical German bread. There is even a

Pumpernickelsoup (Pumpernickelsuppe).  

Melanie Stockhausen


Where are you from?

I was born in Frankfurt, right in the centre of Germany, but I have also lived in the South and in Berlin.

What are your qualifications?

I first qualified with a Diploma and an MRes in biology, working in infectious disease research. I then qualified as a Secondary School teacher (ages 12-19)

What is your teaching experience?

I first worked as a German tutor as a student.For the past years I have been teaching young people from a wide multilingual background in Berlin. I also mentored trainee teachers by observing lessons and giving advice - a beneficial experience for myself as well, because it trained me to reflect on good teaching practices.

Do you specialise in anything?

In teaching I specialised in methods to promote literacy and articulacy. For writing or speaking tasks, for instance, I like to provide learners with a language scaffold that allows them to express themselves and overcome any initial barriers. I also like an active learning approach, where learners can be creative while practising their skills.

What do you like best about teaching?

For me the best moments are when learners are truly excited about learning - this could be while solving a mystery, playing a game or the moment when they achieve something they never thought themselves capable of.

What is the traditional food in your region?

"Grüne Soße" is a speciality from Frankfurt. Seven regional herbs are finely chopped and mixed with other ingredients to make a flavourful green sauce that is delicious with potatoes.

Meryem Kahraman


Where​ ​are ​​you​ ​from?  


I was born and grew up in a small city called Iserlohn, North Rhine-Westphalia.


What​ ​are ​your​ ​qualifications?  


I am studying English and French at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. Having completed my bachelor’s degree (bachelor of education) I am currently continuing my studies in a master’s program.


What​ ​is ​your ​​teaching ​ ​experience?


I have been teaching German, English and French privately since secondary school. During my studies I started teaching German as a foreign language in a primary school, where I worked with refugee children aged between six and 12.


Do​ ​you ​ ​specialize ​ ​in ​ ​anything?  

In teaching I specialised in authentic materials and various methods so that students can realize that everything they learn is important and don't get bored quickly.

What do you like best about teaching?  


It fascinates me again and again to see how students improve and enjoy learning.

What​ ​is ​ ​the ​ ​traditional ​ ​food ​ ​in ​ ​your ​ ​region?  


Pumpernickel. A typically dark, heavy and slightly sweet rye bread well-known in North-Rhine Westphalia.

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