About me

I am glad that you are here.

Afew facts and information about me: I am a German native speaker, born in Wiesbaden. School at the same place, studies at the University of Mainz. Since 2006 I live in Krakow. My professional experience covers everything that is linked to language: I work as a German teacher, trainer and teacher trainer, as an author of German coursebooks and travel guides to Krakow and Warsaw, as a voice actor to German coursebooks, tests and museums, as a translator and editor. In my free time I travel throughout the country from the Polish Baltic Sea to the largest cities, yet my favourite hobby is hiking in the Tatra. Up there you get a clear head for a view of what is really important:

  • It is important to me to work with people. From my point of view the greatest compliment is the progress of participants in my courses and trainings. That is what I am always trying to achieve.
  • I believe that a good German teacher should teach more than just grammar and vocabulary: namely communication. After all, I also train native Germans or Poles with a native level of German.
  • From experience I know that in negotiations, discussions or presentations a good strategy and a structured approach often help more than just a coursebook adapted German.

So these are some of the basic goals that I set myself for my courses and trainings. Moreover, I love challenges to be met individually. And I would love to do so in your company.

Jan Szurmant
  • German Native Speaker
  • German Teacher
  • German Trainer
  • Coach

Jan Szurmant

German Native Speaker

German Teacher

German Trainer

Coach

years of teaching experience as a German teacher.

Customer Support teams benefited from my help during team building.

lessons as a German teacher and trainer.

Polish cities visited as a teacher trainer.

complex German language trainings conducted.

DaF coursebooks as an author.

My professional experience

In-company courses
  • German courses in 19 different companies in or around Krakow
  • Individual or group lessons
  • Intensive courses for rapid progress
  • Communication skills, business correspondence and telephone training
  • Industries such as IT, F&A, Automotive, HR & Headhunting, BPO
  • Terminology and specific vocabulary
  • Tactics for Sales, B2B and Customer Support
  • German courses for executives
  • Negotiation strategies

Teacher training
  • Teacher training tours in 39 Polish cities
  • Presentations and workshops
  • Teacher training tours 2015, 2017 & 2019 with Pearson
  • Teacher training tours 2013 & 2014 with PWN
  • German teacher day by the Goethe Institute Warsaw 2013, 2014, 2016 & 2018
  • Summer academy by the Goethe Institute in Gdansk 2015, 2016 & 2019
  • All-Polish German Teachers Congress in Opole 2013 & in Wroclaw 2016
  • 11th Forum of German teachers in Krakow 2013
  • 2nd & 3rd European Congress PASE in Warsaw 2015 & 2016
  • 1st & 2nd All-Polish German Teachers Conference 2015 & 2016
  • 1st & 2nd Forum of German teachers in Wroclaw 2018 & 2019
  • DaF methodology brochure “21 short teaching tips and ideas for the 21st century”

Coursebooks
  • Author of the Polish DaF coursebook “Perfekt“ (Pearson Education)
  • Author of the Polish DaF coursebook “Matura rozszerzona. Repetytorium z języka niemieckiego“ (Pearson Education)
  • Author of the Polish DaF coursebook “Repetytorium gimnazjalne z języka niemieckiego“ (Pearson Education)
  • Author of the chapters about German Culture and Society and revision of selected texts summarizing and consolidating the chapters for the DaF coursebook „Deutsch echt einfach“ (Editor Klett)
  • New materials and preparation for the new core curriculum of the Polish DaF coursebook “Mit links!“ (Pearson Education)
  • Design and writing of “Morgens um neun in Isny“, 20 short stories for self-learning, teaching and class room use (PONS)
  • Design and writing of “Träume in Berlin“, 20 short stories for self-learning, teaching and class room use (PONS)
  • Design and delivery of teaching and class room materials
  • Adapting short films and songs for teaching and class room use

Voice recordings
  • Recordings of listening exercises for DaF coursebooks
  • Recordings for in-company trainings
  • Recordings for museums and audio guides
  • Recordings of German-language adverts and for website use
  • Recordings for the permanent exhibition in the Schindler Factory, branch of the Historical Museum of the City of Krakow
  • Recordings of the audio guide to the permanent exhibition in the Centennial Hall’s Discovery Centre in Wroclaw
  • Cooperation with a recording studio in Krakow

Trainings
  • 24 complex German language trainings designed and conducted
  • Intensive trainings
  • Consideration of the product
  • Communication skills, business correspondence and telephone training
  • Industries such as IT, F&A, Automotive, HR & Headhunting, BPO
  • Terminology and specific vocabulary
  • Tactics for Sales, B2B and Customer Support
  • Trainings for executives
  • Negotiation strategies
  • Sales Training
  • Trainings for the Swiss German market

Recruitment
  • Recruitment and audits for 3 companies
  • Classification of applicants and employees regarding their German language skills
  • Design of placement tests and questions
  • Conducting the audits on the spot or by telephone

Training materials
  • Design and delivery of training materials for companies
  • Translating English and Polish training materials into German
  • Design and delivery of placement tests

What else
  • Conception and writing of award-winning (ITB BuchAward 2011) guidebooks “Krakau” (Krakow) and “Warschau” (Warsaw)
  • Updating of other guidebooks, including the ones about Tuscany, Chianti and Southern Tuscany
  • Articles about Poland for magazines & news websites, such as PolenPlus, SPON & Zeit ONLINE
  • Copywriting, translations and elaboration of unique selling propositions for Polen Magazin (Official German-language magazine of the Polish Tourism Board POT)
  • Presentations and slide shows about Poland
  • Copywriting
  • Translations – language combinations English-German, Italian-German, Polish-German
  • Proofreading

We had looked for a German teacher and trainer who can offer more than just “normal” language courses. And we have found him in Jan. During our telephone acquisition he has looked over our shoulders and provided helpful tips that go far beyond a normal training. With measurable success. Compliments and a big thank you for his time with us!

Sandra Kostka

Manager, expert group, Krakow, Munich & Zurich

The collaboration with Jan is a delight and a huge assistance. I can always be sure that everything is done on time and is of high quality. Accuracy, reliability, creativity, flexibility and an astute and open approach to many aspects – these are his characteristics. I am very pleased that I had the chance to meet him and work with him. He’s like a German Mercedes – reliable, fast and “von höchster Qualität”.

Marzena Michalska

DaF Marketing Manager, Pearson, Warsaw

Jan took part in the building of our CS team in Krakow as an external coach. Before and during the eight months he has worked out an extensive communications skills and telephone training, tailored to our specific needs and desires. I remember back to a friendly collaboration and recommend him gladly.

Wanja Hvorov

Training Manager, ebookers/Orbitz Worldwide, Dublin

We had looked for a German teacher and trainer who can offer more than just “normal” language courses. And we have found him in Jan. During our telephone acquisition he has looked over our shoulders and provided helpful tips that go far beyond a normal training. With measurable success. Compliments and a big thank you for his time with us!

Sandra Kostka

Manager, expert group, Krakow, Munich & Zurich

The collaboration with Jan is a delight and a huge assistance. I can always be sure that everything is done on time and is of high quality. Accuracy, reliability, creativity, flexibility and an astute and open approach to many aspects – these are his characteristics. I am very pleased that I had the chance to meet him and work with him. He’s like a German Mercedes – reliable, fast and “von höchster Qualität”.

Marzena Michalska

DaF Marketing Manager, Pearson, Warsaw

Jan took part in the building of our CS team in Krakow as an external coach. Before and during the eight months he has worked out an extensive communications skills and telephone training, tailored to our specific needs and desires. I remember back to a friendly collaboration and recommend him gladly.

Wanja Hvorov

Training Manager, ebookers/Orbitz Worldwide, Dublin

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