Welcome to Marathon Sprachen
We provide people with custom-tailored language instruction so that they can start using their new language functionally as quickly as possible.
Learning a second language is more than memorizing words and learning grammar, it’s learning about culture, having fun and using the language in real life situations.
AnneMarie O’Neill MA has been teaching languages for over five years at universities and private schools in Europe, Canada, Bolivia and Australia.
Our students come from companies both large and small including independent photography professionals, restaurants and large banks and accounting firms.
Marathon Sprachen’s Mission & Philosophy
We want to give our students the ability to fully appreciate new cultures and interact with them. Our goal is to help our students become independent of language instruction. To do that we need to train: That means building up language knowledge in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and practising those. And we do all this while having fun at the same time. Let us be your personal coach to language success.
This desire for student satisfaction and success can be seen in everything that we do. We’re open and honest with our students and help them overcome their weaknesses by custom tailoring instruction to meet their needs. We go out of our way to find new and interesting learning material that engages our students. And we are continually learning more about second language acquisition to make sure that we are offering our students the best instruction possible.
*Pictures from 20 Minuten article, 13 August 2013
Master’s: Friedrich Schiller Universität, Jena, Germany
I graduated from University College Dublin in June 2005 with an International Bachelor of Arts Degree; my chosen subjects were German and Sociology. The International degree gave me the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus Programme – a year spent studying abroad. It was during my time in Würzburg that my ambition to further my education in Germany was triggered.
I completed the career-orientated MA “German as a Foreign Language” at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität in 2008. This was made possible due to funding from the Deutscher Akademischer Auslandsdienst (DAAD).
My first exposure to formal teaching was achieved when I was given the opportunity to work as a foreign language assistant in Germany back in 2005. This experience gave me an orientation towards a future career in education. I have since taught both English and German at various institutions including the Goethe Institut La Paz, Berlitz Erfurt, Hans-Knöll-Institut Jena and theUniversity of Sydney.
My own enthusiasm for the German language was stimulated by an inspiring second-level teacher. To have a complete command of a foreign language is challenging and not always easy. It is my aspiration and intention to help others do exactly this in a fun and active way.