Instructors

Pehr Englén, Swedish Instructor
Pehr moved to Toronto a few years ago to be with his Canadian girlfriend. He is currently trying to finish a PhD in intellectual history but often finds himself distracted by what Toronto has to offer. He particularly enjoys all the film festivals and the diverse food scene. He studied French, literature, and the history of philosophy in Lund (Sweden), Paris and Montreal before pursuing graduate degrees in the UK and the US. He believes that learning the language is the best way to understand a culture. He looks forward to teaching Torontonians Swedish and contemporary Scandinavian culture!

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Axel Van Goud, Swedish Instructor

A master of linguistics, Axel is known as the “person who knows the MOST languages in North America”. He is what’s called a hyperpolyglot; that is a person who can speak more than 8 languages. But Axel knows an amazing 22+ world languages fluently, including all the Nordic languages! A certified interpreter in 18 languages and an EAP (English for Academic Purposes)/TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) professor at George Brown college in downtown Toronto, Axel is eager to teach you his methodology so you can get to speaking Swedish quickly and efficiently. Watch him featured in a GlobalNews documentary “Word Play: Hyperpolyglots speak so many languages

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Aleksander Krogevoll, Norwegian Instructor
Aleksander grew up outside the beautiful town of Stavanger in Norway and moved to Toronto in the summer of 2013. Here, he continues to study theology at the University of Toronto. Aleksander tries to keep up with his passion for sports, and feels he fits right in here in Canada. As a student of new languages himself, he has a strong appreciation for the challenges that can be experienced in the midst of taking on a new language. He enjoys the fact that Toronto is so rich with different languages and a diverse food scene. He wants to share his love for brown cheese, cross country skiing, and the Norwegian language with Torontonians and hopes to make this course a great introduction to the Norwegian culture.

 

Student Testimonials
“I found the way you (Axel) connected Swedish not just with other Scandinavian languages but also with German, Latin, French, and so on was not only a great way to learn more about the language, but also a means to bring it to life historically and etymologically. I’ve never been taught in that way before and I found it hugely enjoyable and instructive… ” – Simon, Swedish Level III
“Pehr is extremely patient and eager to meet student needs. He intuitively adjusts the pace and content to the skill levels of the students. I’d already studied some Swedish on my own and hoped that this course would allow me to ask questions and review linguistic concepts and vocabulary. Pehr did exactly that!” – Martin, Swedish Level I
“Aleksander is always very well prepared. He is very patient and well suited to handle the needs of the students given that we have different levels of knowledge of the language. His enthusiasm and knowledge made this course very enjoyable.” – Student, Norwegian Level I
“I always felt safe. There was total respect for each individual learner’s needs in the class. As a result, there is a natural level that is met by each student…” – Linda, Swedish Level I
“Rosita is wonderful! She has a broad knowledge and knows how to connect with people. We all loved her and her funny stories about Swedish culture and history – and food!” – Student, Swedish Level I
“Rosita has a warm personality and a vast knowledge about the language and culture – and she knows how to make it interesting and fun.” – Student, Swedish Level I

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5 thoughts on “Instructors

  1. I am interested in taking lessons in Norwegian. Could you please send me some information on dates, costs, location etc. Thank you

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  2. I would like a quick refresher course in an afternoon before heading to Sweden for a vacation in the fall. Is such a thing offered? Was fairly fluent 30 years ago as a Rotary stipendiat.

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