Christina Merz

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Christina Ann Merz Bolt

Lecturer

I was born in New York City, USA, and raised bilingual in Switzerland.

After finishing high school l attended ETH in Zurich and obtained a Master’s degree in Architecture. l spent five years planning and designing buildings. Besides working as an architect, l tutored friends and children who struggled with learning disability. l have always enjoyed finding appropriate ways to meet specific needs of learners and awakening their interest in learning.

When l was asked to teach at a language school, l acquired the Certificates SVEB l and SVEB ll (Certificate of the Swiss Federation for Adult Learning), the EUROLTA Certificate (European Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults) and the fide Certificate (Certificate of the Swiss Federation for Language Teaching to Immigrants). l quit designing buildings and began using my creativity on figuring out and planning different kinds of teaching methods and learning approaches.

That was 15 years ago. Today, l am still working in language education. l enjoy my job as a teacher and lecturer; it’s inspiring and challenging.

I have taught English and German at several schools and in various settings; taylor-made courses and video conference lessons; small groups and large classes; to immigrants, young adults, journalists, business people and managers (UBS, Vistaprint, Coca Cola, Sulzer).

I hold examiner licences telc English B1-B2 (CEFR), and telc German A1-B2 (CEFR), which enable me to evaluate the oral performance of candidates taking language exams, and l am an eduQua qualified teacher.

Since l am interested in Educational Psychology, l regularly participate in Confratute, the Summer Institute on Gifted Education, Enrichment Teaching and Learning, and Differentiated Instruction, at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT and l also attend conferences all over Switzerland.

In my spare time l enjoy all kinds of outdoor sports and activities, especially hiking and cycling. l read a lot and one of my biggest passion is travelling the world.

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