UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Gabriella Schumacher

Gabriella became interested in teaching Hungarian to speakers of other languages during her college studies and took special seminars in this field. She helped her professors work in developing text and course books with proof-reading, creating comprehension texts and drilling exercises for beginner, intermediate and advanced level learners.

Meanwhile she also took part in one of the first courses and gained a certificate in teaching Hungarian as a second language at the Hungarian Language School (HLS). As this subject was relatively new, modern approaches as well as new teaching and training methods were being designed and developed at that time. Being a leading school of this field, HLS could offer a well structured course with teaching practice and later opportunities to work.

After finishing her college course Gabriella started working as a teacher and in 1998, with two of her colleagues, she started a business offering freelance language classes for private language schools. From then until 2012 she taught Hungarian for foreigners. She regularly taught classes for groups of 4-10 adults at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels for the InterClub Hungarian Language School in Budapest. She also designed and carried out special private classes for VIP students. Gabriella played an active role in developing the course, the syllabus and the course book for the school, making use of her experience in teaching Hungarian.

Having worked in the field of adult education for many years, in 2012 she was invited to teach as a part time Junior Lecturer for the Department of Andragogy at the Faculty of Education and Psychology of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. She gave seminars about sociological approaches of adult education and culture and was awarded the Best Teacher of the Year 2012 by the evening class students.

Since October 2013 she has been working as an Evening Course Language Tutor at SSEES.