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Ed Heinlein, German Consultant

Background

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I attended Moon High School and graduated from Grove City College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in German and Education. I did graduate studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

I spent three summers in Salzburg, Austria at Salzburg University, learning the German language as part of the Internationale Ferienkurse and living with a host family. I attended Wilma Boyd Travel School in Pittsburgh and worked as a travel agent.

I am proficient in reading, writing, speaking, and translating German and also possess full cultural understanding of the customs, the traditions, and the holidays in German-speaking countries.

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Teaching Experiences

  • German to 2 employees from Bayer Corporation, who were transferred to their headquarters in Leverkusen, Germany, through a contract with Global LT. It is an education and training company, which provides language services and cultural training for interested students;
  • German to a UPMC doctor, who moved to Aachen, Germany in order to work in a trauma clinic, through a contract with Listen and Learn. It is a language company, which offers a tailor-made language course for interested students;
  • German in the Colonial School District, at Plymouth-Whitemarsh Senior High School and at Colonial Middle School in Plymouth Meeting for 22 years;
  • German at Drexel University Adult Evening School in Philadelphia for 6 years;
  • German at CCBC (Community College of Beaver County) Adult Evening School in Monaca, PA for 6 years;
  • Travel and Tourism at Pittsburgh Technical Institute in Oakdale, PA for 3 years;
  • German at Trinity High School, Baldwin High School, South Park High School, Hopewell High School, Center High School, and Moon High School, as a long-term substitute for 3 years.

Travel Experiences

  • 15 trips to Central Europe and the German-speaking countries with student and adult groups, as an advisor and tour guide;
  • one trip to the town where my Urgroßvater was born, near Nürnberg, Germany.
  • one trip to Michelstadt, Germany with Doug Drumheller, as a translator, as a tour guide, and as a genealogical advisor for a visit to his family’s home town.

Organizations

I am a member of the following organizations, which help me maintain my interest in the German language and culture:

  1. American Association of Teachers of German, Western Pennsylvania Chapter (AATG);
  2. Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society (MAGS);
  3. Teutonia Männerchor Club, Pittsburgh.

German Language and Culture

In January of 2010, I retired to pursue my hobby, the German language and culture:

  1. to teach German, to tutor students who need help or need a review, to translate German documents or books, and to encourage family genealogy research on my own website.
  2. to continue German genealogical research of the Heinlein family. I am researching my family in reverse. I have traveled to the town where my family came from in Germany and have written down information from my grandfather, but now I have to prove what he told me is correct!
  3. to speak at conferences about German genealogical research, such as how German history and geography have affected that research, how the German language and its dialects have affected that research, and how names have developed over the centuries. What does your name mean?

Deutches Versprechen / German Promise
What is the German Promise?

Ich verspreche, daß / I promise that

  1. you will be able to survive the first-24 hours in Germany.
  2. you will learn Hochdeutsch / High German vocabulary, which includes synonyms, antonyms, idioms, dialect, and slang. That also includes multiple ways to express an answer, both grammatically and conversationally.
  3. you will learn things which are not found in textbooks, in workbooks, or on language tapes.
  4. you will see all the pictures I have collected and cultural notebooks made from my personal culture memorabilia, or I will attach it to an email for you.
  5. If you put forth the effort and commit sufficient time to me, I will teach you everything I have learned in 30 years of teaching. That includes:
    • everything I have experienced in the classroom, living with an Austrian family in Salzburg, Austria, and from my travel experiences throughout the German-speaking countries;
    • everything I have read in German newspapers, magazines, and newsletters, or online websites;
    • hearing my personal stories and conversations with Hausfrauen / housewives, tour guides, and bus drivers.

(BEFORE) Beginning students, whatever level, will state their goal: Why are you learning German? They will complete a form on the first day of class and comment on that form on the last day of class.

(AFTER) If you reach your goal,

  • you will have to give me a recommendation for my website;
  • you will have to recommend to another student, that he/she should learn German;
  • you will have to enroll in another Have German Will Travel course.

Each student will receive

  • a Certificate of Achievement (eine Ehrenurkunde);
  • a reference for a new or existing job;
  • a list of what you have learned.

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