I would love you to feel that language skills liberate you and open up a whole new world of opportunities for you.
A foreign language job interview, small talk, a presentation or perhaps a language exam should be looked upon as new and exciting opportunities, not as fights for survival.
My name is Edina Tóth. I am a foreign language coach, a language teacher and a language mentor.
I was the first in Hungary to examine the reasons behind inhibiting factors in foreign language speaking performance and to work out effective solutions and methods to deal with the problem.
I have been working as a professional foreign language coach since 2012, providing individual students with varied and personalized methods. In addition, I spent 15 years teaching in primary education, as well as teaching night classes and private lessons.
In 2000, I graduated with a degree in language teaching from Berzsenyi Dániel Teacher Training College. I wrote my thesis on the benefits and drawbacks of language learning at kindergarten age. Later on, I majored in German linguistics and literature at the University of Pannonia (formerly known as the University of Veszprém). My studies in the area of languages served as a springboard for my future interest in psycholinguistics.
During my work, I have discovered that people who have spent years learning languages, even those with a language certificate, younger and older students alike experience anxiety around actually using the German language.
Between 2009 and 2012, I was studying psychology at the Eötvös Loránd University to uncover the reasons behind this phenomenon. At the moment, I am reading psychology at the Károli Gáspár University of the Reformed Church in Hungary. My workshop projects and my thesis revolve around the topic of inhibitions in foreign language learning and its possible causes. Familiarizing myself with relevant and current research on the topic, both from a linguistic and a psycholinguistic aspect, constitutes my daily life..
In addition to possessing the fundamental theoretical and scientific knowledge, I also completed a counselling and coach training program in order to provide assistance to my students in a hands-on manner. Therefore, I have got a wide array of tools in my possession to employ during my foreign language counselling sessions.
I, myself, am an active foreign language user. I am fluent in German, English, and French, and I can hold a conversation in Spanish, with French being the first language I mastered on my own, as an adult, with my own language learning strategies. I get by in Arabic at any market, I can even bargain if I must. My plans include learning to speak Italian, too. Since I am enamored with Portugal, learning Portuguese is up next on my bucket list.
I believe that everyone is capable of acquiring new languages. My goal is to assist my clients in becoming confident and self-assured foreign language users.