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Sidsel Alhaug
Sidsel Alhaug
Norsklærer

Sidsel has a broad experience teaching children and adults from a range of countries with very diverse backgrounds. She was a teacher in Brazil for many years, where she taught English and Portuguese at primary, middle and high school level. In addition, she has been a language teacher for adults for many years, and has taught Norwegian and English as second languages in Brazil and more recently in Norway. She enjoys the challenge of adapting curricula to the need of individual students and working with them to find the best way to help them progress in their knowledge and use of the Norwegian language.

Oslo
Souzan Al Khzaay
Souzan Al Khzaay
Arabisklærer

I am a positive person with solid teaching skills and thrive in a multicultural work environment. I have over 30 years of experience and teaching skills, including several years' experience in interpreting and as an Arabic teacher in social studies. I have also taught both young children and middle school students, and work as a teacher at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Oslo
Rebecca Arif
Rebecca Arif
Norsklærer

I hold two bachelor’s degrees, one in early childhood education and the other in Nordic with a specialization in Norwegian as a second language. I love to see my students master new skills, and strive to create a fun and safe learning environment for everyone. I enjoy trying new and creative teaching methods. In addition to teaching Norwegian, I also help kids with their homework and have my own face painting business.

Oslo
Aud Inger Åsjord
Aud Inger åsjord
Norsklærer

Aud is a qualified teacher with extensive experience in teaching, including several years in elementary school and as a teacher of Norwegian to foreigners from 2008. She has an additional qualification of teaching Norwegian as a second language, as well as language studies in English and Spanish. She has taught a range of different courses and levels at Lingu (A1-B2, Kompetanse Pluss, courses for companies and private lessons). Her main goal is to make the students thrive and feel comfortable in class so they can optimise their achievements, and her friendly and professional attitude creates a good learning environment for everyone. Like all Norwegians, she likes to "gå på tur", and she enjoys relaxing with a good book or making delicious food for family and friends.

Stavanger
Emira Bajric Ellingsen
Emira Bajric Ellingsen
Norsklærer

Assistant professor with further qualifications I am a qualified school teacher with additional qualifications in social pedagogy, special pedagogy, and basic writing and reading training for adults. Since 2005, I have been working with minority language students at all levels. I also teach Norwegian at lower secondary level. I am a team leader for Norwegian as a Second Language, a special education coordinator and a mapper of newly arrived students/participants. For the past two years, I have also been working with prior learning assessment at primary school level. In addition, I work as an examiner on the oral Norwegian test for levels A2 - B1 and B1 - B2. I believe that working as a teacher is the best job in the world and I truly enjoy it. I make a point to consider each individual participant, discover their point of view and adapt my teaching so that they can easily acquire new knowledge and eventually stand on their own two feet. Students' success is my greatest motivator to keep going. I make sure my teaching is varied and that the student is provided with challenges in all five basic skills. Outside of work, I love being out in nature, cooking good food from all over the world and listening to music.

Oslo
Margareth Berg
Margareth Berg
Norsklærer

Margareth has nine years' experience as a teacher of Norwegian as a second language. She has a postgraduate qualification in Norwegian as a second language from the University of Bergen. She also has a bachelor's degree as a kindergarten teacher, and worked in a kindergarten before she started teaching Norwegian to foreign adults. At Lingu she is in charge of the YNO course in Haugesund, and is a teacher of the in-house courses at A1 and A2 level.

Siri Anette Berge Syvaldsen
Siri Anette Berge Syvaldsen
Norsklærer

My educational background is from art studies, social/history studies and pedagogy, adult pedagogy Northern languages and Norwegian as second language. As a Norwegian teacher, I have worked with immigrants following the introduction program, "Veien til fagbrev" teaching Norwegian to students who are studying to get certificate of apprenticeship, KPA-courses for employees from different companies, online courses and private students from level A1- C1. Teaching for me is a combination of a good plan and an interesting and motivating learning process. I tailor the KPA courses specifically for each group and according to the working lives of the employees. I find that creativity is an important part of this process, as well as creating an interest in learning for the students. Adult teaching is very interesting and inspiring. Meeting people from different countries with various cultural backgrounds is very inspiring and expands my horizons.

Stavanger
Inga Bērziņa
Inga Bērziņa
Norsklærer i helsenorsk

I'm a Norwegian teacher with a master's degree in Old Norse. So if you wonder about silent 'd's and other weird things in Norwegian grammar or spelling, I'm the right person to ask! I have studied PPU (Practical pedagogy) and 7 years of experience teaching adults in Norwegian as a second language, but I have been teaching also Norwegian language and literature at regular high school. Therefore I understand that there are many challenges that are common both for native speakers and foreigners. I have been working as a translator and interpreter for more than 15 years, so I'm good at finding and remembering terminology. Besides language, I have studied religion science, so that helps me to meet other people with an open mind. My strength is that I see what is the learning need of an individual student.

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Odd Bjerga
Odd Bjerga
CEO

Odd is the founder and leader of Lingu. He is interested in exploring new ways of learning and teaching languages, and putting these into a system that both challenges established truths and redefines the horizon of what is possible. He believes that technology and pedagogy must be intertwined so that language learning can be easier and more motivating in the long run. Learning a new language takes a lifetime, but what a fun life it is! Favourite language: Persian.

Stavanger
Marius Bratsberg
Marius Bratsberg
Business Developer

Marius jobber som forretningsutvikler i Lingu. Han jobber for at Lingu utvikler produkter og tjenester som løser kundenes behov på en god måte.

Oslo
Odd Eirik Broen
Odd Eirik Broen
Norsklærer

Odd Eirik has 4 years of teacher education from Høgskolen i Innlandet. He has worked as a teacher in Norwegian, English, Math and Social Science in elementary school. He has worked as a teacher in Norwegian in both lower and upper grades, and as a special educator in Norwegian for small groups. Odd Eirik has studied Norsk som andrespråk at OsloMet and plans on studying more pedagogy in 2021/22. He loves working at Lingu with his great, professional colleagues. He has worked as a teacher in different schools and another language center, but nothing compares to working at Lingu.

Oslo
Tharald Bull Strømnes
Tharald Bull Strømnes
Norsklærer

Tharald is a former archaeologist who has excavated and lived in multiple parts of Norway and the world. He developed an interest in language teaching after marrying a Turkish woman and teaching her Norwegian. He has since studied pedagogy and Nordic language and literature. Tharald has always been passionate about history and literature, language, and communication. Both from previously having to assimilate himself into other cultures and having to help loved ones do the same in Norway, he understands and appreciates the value of getting a good education in language and culture.

Oslo
Pavel Bulychau
Pavel Bulychau
Frontend team lead

Pavel Bulychau is a front-end team lead at Lingu's tech department. He is responsible for making sure the user interface of our web application looks good and works well. Pavel started working in IT in 2015, and has previously worked as a Javascript developer at Altoros and EPAM. He graduated from the Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics with a bachelor's degree in informational systems and technologies in the economy.

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Camilla Cahill
Camilla Cahill
Podcastvert og innholdsutvikler

Camilla er sertifisert suggestopedi-instruktør som har lang erfaring med målrettet norskundervisning for å bestå norskprøver (både muntlig og skriftlig). Hun er utdannet journalist og har norsk som andrespråk i fagkretsen. Camilla er født i England og lærte selv norsk som tenåring. Som voksen har hun også bodd, studert og arbeidet i Italia. Som suggestopediinstruktør har hun lært hvor virkningsfullt det er å bruke humor, entusiasme, musikk og variasjon i undervisningen.

Oslo
Ira Davydenko
Ira Davydenko
Visual communication & design

Manuel Delgado
Manuel Delgado
Finance Manager

Manuel works as Finance Manager at Lingu. He is from Puente Genil (Córdoba) in Spain where he has worked for many years as a finance manager for a range of different companies and sectors. Like any good Spaniard, Manuel has a colorful personality, can sing, play guitar and make amazing tapas, and has a big heart for his family and homeland.

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Anatolii Didukh
Anatolii Didukh
Backend engineer

Anatolii is an experienced backend and DevOps engineer with more than 10 years' experience in tech, who leads the team of backend developers to deliver stable and fast-working features for Lingu users.

Online
Ingrid Djukastein
Ingrid Djukastein
Norsklærer

Ingrid is a Norwegian teacher at Lingu and has experience from working in Norway and Argentina. She is also a translator between Spanish and Norwegian. Ingrid has a degree in culture and communication from Bergen, as well as a specialization in Norwegian as a second language. Her passion for languages makes her a frequent participant in language courses whenever she finds the opportunity. The best part of the job, she thinks, is to engage people in our wonderful and weird world of languages and etymology.

Oslo
Veselina Dobreva
Veselina Dobreva
Norsklærer

I have been working with bilingual children and adults for 10 years, and I have a great passion for learning languages. I love teaching and helping my students systemize their learning. I focus a lot on adapting my teaching strategy to my students' needs.

Stavanger
Ida Marie Efjestad
Ida Marie Efjestad
AMO-veileder

Stavanger
Mary Egeland
Mary Egeland
Norsklærer

Mary has a versatile range of skills and experience from educational work with children, young people and adults. She has formal competence in both special education, culture and aesthetics, religion and language. Mary has worked both with language teaching in primary school and with culture and language teaching for multilingual adults.

Stavanger
Malene Folkvord
Malene Folkvord
Norsklærer

Lektor med fordypning i samfunnsfag, KRLE og spesialpedagogikk.

Tine Frantzen
Tine Frantzen
Teamleder Stavanger

Tine is a Norwegian teacher at Lingu. She has a teaching qualification from the University of Agder and specialised in teaching Norwegian as a second language. She is a friendly and enthusiastic teacher who loves to activate her students, making them feel comfortable and letting them speak a lot of Norwegian. When Tine is not teaching, you might find her driving along the coast of Stavanger in a yellow camper van with her surfboard, looking for waves. She also loves to hike, and in 2018 she walked across the whole of Norway, from North Cape to Lindesnes.

Stavanger
Maria Smith Fredriksen
Maria Smith Fredriksen
Norsklærer

Although Maria is from the far east of Norway, she really likes the mountains and the sea in Rogaland. She has a higher degree in Nordic languages and literature, and loves to discover new things related to languages. Maria focuses on providing good quality teaching, and this is best achieved by everyone feeling safe and well. In her free time, Maria likes to play the organ and the accordion, among other things.

HaugesundStavanger
Knut Marius Gaarder
Knut Marius Gaarder
Norsklærer

Norsklærer/kursholder

Nicole Gallicchio
Nicole Gallicchio
Academic English Instructor

I am an English-language editor, writer, and instructor with a background in the social sciences and 17 years’ experience helping people from around the world develop their ideas and shape their language to better reach their target audiences. As an American with an Italian passport who has lived abroad in Norway and France for many years, I have great respect for anyone trying to write and speak in their non-native language, particularly when it comes to academic content. I'm therefore happy to be able to help students achieve their goals in this arena!

Oslo
Malgorzata Gembiak
Malgorzata Gembiak
Norsklærer

Malgorzata (or simply Gosia) is a Norwegian teacher with a bachelor's and master's degree in Norwegian philology and linguistics. She says teaching needs to be fun and creative, and loves finding out interesting facts about language! Did you know that the Norwegian word for "wasp" (en veps) has the same origin as its polish version, "osa"? In her free time, she loves hiking, knitting and taking care of her plants.

Nina Gjestvang Knutzen
Nina Gjestvang Knutzen
Norsklærer

I prefer to call myself a world citizen despite the fact that I haven't covered more than Europe so far. I love learning about other cultures and can make food from all corners of the world. I studied social sciences in Bergen, but have work experience across all kind of fields. I spent the past 15 years in primary and comprehensive schools, then developed an introduction programme for refugees in a small community. Over the last three years, I have been working at the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration as a councellor. My focus is to help people to help themselves and teach them the tools they need to move on, whether that means staying on course or changing direction! Working on the YNO course is a dream come true!

Haugesund
Marianne Golimo Gahnstrøm
Marianne Golimo Gahnstrøm
Norsklærer

Marianne is a Norwegian teacher with experience teaching students at all levels between A1 and B2. She has taught Norwegian at a range of different schools and courses. Her experience also includes teaching a broad spectrum of subjects at primary school level. Originally hailing from Oslo, Marianne moved to Sandnes with her husband to seek new challenges at Lingu. Her Oslo-dialect is a breath of fresh air to a lot of students who have a hard time keeping up with the local Rogaland dialects. Her favourite activities include tennis, baking and (occasionally) learning something from her "etymological dictionary".

HaugesundStavanger
Svetlana Grønvold
Svetlana Grønvold
Kompetanseplusslærer

David Haavik
David Haavik
Norsklærer

Bergen
Anne Elin Haraldsen
Anne Elin Haraldsen
Norsklærer

Anne Elin is from Bergen and teaches Norwegian to both groups and individuals. She is a qualified teacher of general education and has a master's degree in education from the University of Bergen. In addition, she has a post-graduate qualification in teaching Norwegian as a second language, also from the University of Bergen. Anne Elin began teaching at Lingu in 2019 after several years teaching in other schools, and since then she has enjoyed many fun and creative moments with her students helping them to achieve their goals in Norwegian. She firmly believes in sharing a lot of herself in her teaching and that learning should be enjoyable. Anne Elin has a creative streak and has worked as a professional interior designer. She also has a passion for astrology and has run her own consultancy in this field for the past 15 years. Anne Elin commutes between Bergen city and the countryside just north of Bergen. As of 2021, she is enjoying learning Italian. In addition, she enjoys reading, hiking and creative projects, both inside and outside the home.

Bergen
Elise Hardie
Elise Hardie
Teamleder Oslo

Elise is a teacher who believes that learning a new language is one of the most meaningful things that you can spend your time on. Her philosophy is that learning is an interactive journey, and she always tries to engage her students as much as possible. She loves grammar (almost as much as she loves gardening) and she tries to convey this enthusiasm to her students. In addition to Nordic Studies and a Postgraduate diploma in Education, Elise also holds a bachelor’s degree in Mandarin. At Lingu she teaches Norwegian as a foreign language and creates content for Lingu.com.

Oslo
Tor Havn
Tor Havn
Tech Support

Tor comes from Rogaland and is our Tech Support Lead. He is currently also studying towards a bachelor's degree in digital forensics. He's passionate about helping others and likes to share his knowledge where he can! Outside of work, he is also interested in tech and computers as a hobby, and in his spare time he likes to test out new things that come out on the market. He has worked in tech support for Apple, HP and IBM over the years, and brings with him a fresh perspective. Some other things he enjoys include camping and relaxing with an interesting book.

Stavanger
Gro Helland
Gro Helland
Norsklærer

Gro has worked with and for people her whole life. Some years ago she made her best decision ever – she wanted to use all her energy helping people to improve their Norwegian skills. Gro took some further education courses, including Norwegian as a second language, writing and reading skills for adults, and digital skills. At Lingu she works on the Kompetanse Pluss course and loves being a member of the content team 💓. She is convinced that this is the best job to have! Gro brings laughter and joy into her lessons, and her passion for teaching is visible. Alpha 🐶 and Gro are often seen on a forest trip – they both love them.

Oslo
Kari Hennum
Kari Hennum
Norsklærer

Kari Hennum is a speech therapist with a master’s degree in Special Needs Education. Kari has worked as a lecturer at Oslo College and taught Norwegian as a second language at the University of Oslo. As a speech therapist, she has a huge depth of experience in teaching Norwegian pronunciation. She feels privileged to meet people from all over the world and creates a great atmosphere in class, making it fun to learn! Kari speaks Norwegian, English and some Spanish.

Online
Christine Henriksen
Christine Henriksen
Kurskoordinator

I am the new course coordinator. I can't wait to dive deep into this planning process. I love organising things and keeping things tidy, which may come in handy here!

Oslo
Hakan Hepcan
Hakan Hepcan
Innholdsprodusent

Hakan comes from Turkey. A social media expert, he made his own television show for five years. His biggest passion is meeting new people and learning new cultures.

Stavanger
Golara Heydari
Golara Heydari
General Manager

Golara is our Managing Director. She has a master’s in Digital Communication and Culture and specializes in adult education and learning. Golara is also a qualified teacher with over 10 years' experience teaching adult learners. Golara is passionate about lifelong learning and team building, as well as the impacts of digital transformation on the way we work and process information.

OnlineOslo
Sissel Hoff
Sissel Hoff
Norsklærer

Jeg er født i Norge, men oppvokst i USA. Har undervist både engelsk og norsk i 23 år i Norge, USA og Sør Korea. Liker best å skreddersy undervisningen til en-til-en og små grupper, og stortrives med å bruke kreative og interessante metoder i klassen.

Haugesund
Carolyn Julie Hoggarth
Carolyn Julie Hoggarth
Engelsklærer

Carolyn is an English instructor at Lingu. She studied a master's in chemistry from the University of Bath in the UK, and after graduating went on to work in the pharmaceutical industry and in finance, before moving to Brazil and starting out as an English teacher and translator. With 15 years' experience as a language instructor under her belt, coupled with her time within a wide range of work, academic and personal settings, she takes pride in combining competence and creativity to create effective tailor-made classes for each of her students. She is a dedicated and results-focused teacher who prioritises student learning preferences and goals, while creating a comfortable learning environment in which the student doesn't feel uncomfortable doing most of the talking! At Lingu, Carolyn has delivered business communication and writing courses for Skatteetaten and Infotjenester, as well as private students from many different walks of life. Outside work, she loves oil painting, knitting, reading, getting out into nature and spending time with her family.

Stavanger
Sigrid Holdahl
Sigrid Holdahl
Norsklærer

7 års erfaring i Norge som norsk-, fransk- og engelsklærer for fremmedspråklige (A1–C2), samt eksaminator og sensor i de muntlige norskprøvene. Anbudsskriving norskkurs og samarbeid med NAV om kartlegging og utvelging av deltakere til norskkurs. 16 års erfaring med fransk språk og kultur, 10 av dem i Frankrike (fransk bachelor, språklig fordypning). Mine hovedinteresser innen språk er grammatikk (syntaks, fonetikk, fonologi, prosodi, semantikk og morfologi), leksikologi og psykolingvistikk. 7 års erfaring i undervisning i hygiene og renhold, nybegynnernivå–fagbrev i renholdsoperatørfaget (bachelor i matvitenskap med sensorisk analyse, renhold og hygiene). Utvikling av kursmateriell i hygiene og renhold. Undervisningskompetanse i norsk, engelsk, fransk og naturfag.

Oslo
Jieqi Huang
Jieqi Huang
Norsklærer

Oslo
Anna Jelonek
Anna Jelonek
Norsklærer

Anna is a teacher of Norwegian as a second language. She has worked as a teacher in Norwegian elementary schools for 12 years, teaching different subjects to Norwegian children. She has a postgraduate course in Norwegian as a Second Language from the University of Bergen. Her greatest passion is learning languages, and although she cannot speak many, she loves to read in different languages. It also gives her an insight into how hard it is to master a new language.

Stavanger
Saira Khursheed
Saira Khursheed
Business Developer

I have 12 years of experience in teaching and providing courses for minority language speakers in basic Norwegian language teaching for both children and adults. My greatest strength is that I am very committed and creative in my field, and I prioritise achieving excellent results in the form of good learning experiences for the student. I place great emphasis on adapted learning for individual target groups, which has been the basis for the tool models I have developed and practiced in teaching. My goal is to work according to the principles of good assessment along the way and student involvement. I also have good relationship skills and experience in creating unity at both classroom and school level.

HaugesundStavanger
Uladzislau Klachkou
Uladzislau Klachkou
Frontend developer

Online
Kristine Kvisli
Kristine Kvisli
Norsklærer

Jeg har undervist i norsk som andrespråk siden 2009 og er like glad i jobben min nå, som jeg var for 10 år siden. Jeg legger vekt på at undervisningen skal være så variert og levende som mulig for at kursdeltakerne skal synes det er gøy å lære norsk. Jeg snakker spansk, engelsk og selvfølgelig norsk!

Oslo
Linda Larsen
Linda Larsen
Norsklærer

I am a qualified teacher with additional studies, and have worked as a Norwegian teacher in Øygarden adult education for 12 years. Previously, I worked as a teacher in primary and secondary schools. I started working at Lingu in February 2021. I am now also studying towards a master's degree in organization and management in the education section.

Bergen
Tone Larssen
Tone Larssen
Norsklærer

Tone Larssen is a qualified school teacher. In addition, she qualified as a teacher of Norwegian as a second language and mathematics, and she has a PhD in Educatonal Sciences. She has extensive experience as a teacher of school children who are blind or partially sighted, and as an adviser and course-holder for teachers of these pupils at ordinary schools. She is also a teacher and course-holder for master's programs for teachers of special needs at the University of Oslo and at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Oslo
Ulysse Le Bihan
Ulysse Le Bihan
Fransklærer

I'm a French, Spanish and Italian teacher and I have lived in Oslo since 2000. I originally come from Rome and Paris.

Torill Lovra
Torill Lovra
Norsklærer

I love teaching, especially for foreign speakers! I am a qualified teacher specialising in Norwegian language and society, as well as pedagogy. I studied social pedagogy and Norwegian as a second language at the University of Oslo. My greatest interest is spending time with people from other countries. I myself lived abroad for several years, and I have experienced life in several different cultures. I also enjoy tailoring and sewing bunads.

HaugesundStavanger
Annette Løwén
Annette Løwén
Norsklærer

Annette is one of our Norwegian teachers. She is passionate about teaching and always does so with a big smile. She has more than ten years of experience as a language teacher for adult learners, having taught both Spanish, English, and Norwegian. As a teacher, she is energetic and dynamic, but also very patient, taking the time necessary to explain things so every student understands. Annette has a degree from the University of Oslo, where she studied Norwegian for foreigners, Spanish and social anthropology. She loves to learn and considers herself an eternal student. Currently, she is getting a bachelor's degree in language and literature, a master's degree in English Linguistics, and is learning to speak Portuguese.

Gerd Lundevall Unger
Gerd Lundevall Unger
Norsklærer

Gerd has a wealth of experience as a teacher in Norwegian language and culture, having worked in both the public and private sector in Norway and abroad for many years. Her degree is in pedagogy and languages, and she has 19 years' experience as an Oslo Guide in four languages and as a travel guide around Norway. She loves meeting new people and students from different cultures in both her chosen professions and teaches with enthusiasm. Outside work, you can find her travelling the world and hiking and skiing the Norwegian mountains and the Nordmarka region.

Oslo
Aileen Madsen
Aileen Madsen
Teamleder Bergen

Aileen is a qualified teacher of modern languages (French and Spanish) from the University College of Western Norway. Her first degree was an M.A. (Hons) with Distinction in French and Hispanic Studies from the University of Glasgow. Aileen holds an additional qualification of Teaching Norwegian as a Second Language from the University of Bergen. Before qualifying as a teacher, Aileen worked in Marketing and Innovation with with some of Norway's biggest FMCG brands, and you can find products designed and launched by Aileen on Norway's supermarket shelves even today. Aileen loves the social aspect of teaching and firmly believes that even a small understanding of a country's language opens a door to being part of its social life, culture and development.

Bergen
Paul Major
Paul Major
Engelsklærer

Paul is an experienced teacher of English, teaching both in Norway and overseas (Sudan) for the last 11 years, with a background in investment banking and stockbroking. He aims to enable students to go back to basics and learn English grammar in a fun and positive manner, whilst giving students the confidence to use English in both a professional and social setting. Paul specialises in Business English and IELTS/ToEFL preparation.

Oslo
Gagan Malik
Gagan Malik
Customer Service and Consumer Sales Advisor

For most people, support services doesn’t sound very interesting. For Gagan, this is a passion he has been chasing for seven years. Since 2003, he has spent his time learning everything there is to know about the administration industry, and he is currently applying this knowledge as the person responsible for administration & support at Lingu.

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Urara Nakai
Urara Nakai
Japansklærer

こんにちは!Urara er japansklærer med bred erfaring. Hun har jobbet som japansklærer i Osaka, Japan i over 6 år. Etterpå lærte hun bort engelsk til barn i Hong Kong. Hun har også jobbet i Japans største forsikringsselskap. Derfor kan hun ikke bare lære bort det japanske språket, men hun forstår også japansk arbeidskultur. Hun trives godt i Norge, og står mye på langrennski på fritiden(!).

Oslo
Sara Kristine Sortland Nes
Sara Kristine Sortland Nes
Norsklærer

Sara is a Norwegian teacher at Lingu. She loves both teaching and learning languages, and strives to make her classes interesting, efficient and inclusive. She holds a BA in Middle East studies, and besides teaching she has experience from political work and activism. In addition to language learning, she enjoys singing classical choir works and dancing salsa.

Bergen
Astrid Nørsterud
Astrid Nørsterud
Norsklærer

Astrid is a teacher of A1-B2 level Norwegian. She is highly experienced and competent in language training for adult immigrants, and as an elementary school teacher. Astrid has also worked as a consultant and coach for the food industry. Travelling and working abroad are her main interests. Beekeeping, biking and hiking trips are fun too.

Oslo
Celia  Nygaard
Celia Nygaard
Norsklærer

Ellen Mossin Olesen
Ellen Mossin Olesen
Mentor

Oslo
Jamie Linn Olsen
Jamie Linn Olsen
Customer Service and Consumer Sales Advisor

Jamie Linn is an English teacher who completed her graduate work in Educational Instruction and Administration and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate from Western Washington University in the United States. She has been teaching for over 12 years in a variety of settings and engages students with curiosity and humor. She has talent for engaging all types of students through her creative teaching techniques and believes relationship building is the foundation of any learning experience. When she is not working, you can find Jamie in a nearby Viking market reenacting life from the year 1200, wandering in the woods with friends or trying to improve her Norwegian enough to tell jokes and actually be funny.

Oslo
Kari Johanne Oma
Kari Johanne Oma
Norsklærer

Kari Johanne Oma is a teacher in Norwegian as a second language. She has a master's degree in social anthropology and post-graduate qualifications in pedagogics (PPU) and Norwegian as a second language. She loves getting to know people and how they experience life. She lives in Osterøy with her husband and three girls, loves reading books, gardening and writing letters by hand.

Bergen
Marcela Orsini
Marcela Orsini
Portugisisklærer

I love to teach Portuguese! I have a degree in both Portuguese and English language, and I am also a certified tour guide in Brazil and Norway, with wide cultural knowledge of a variety of destinations in both countries. I was born in Rio de Janeiro and have lived in Oslo since 2010. My clients include the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, international oil companies and the Norwegian Oil and Energy Department.

Oslo
Mónica Otero Vidal
Mónica Otero Vidal
Spansklærer

I am originally from Spain and Spanish is my mother tongue. I have always been interested in languages. I have had the opportunity to live in various countries and meet different people, and this has inspired me to teach my native language and culture to others. My goal as a teacher is to create a fun and dynamic environment that motivates my students to learn the language.

Stavanger
Nancy Øvrehus
Nancy øvrehus
Norsklærer

Nancy is a Norwegian teacher with a master's and pedagogy degree from the University of Stavanger. She has been teaching for over 15 years, and especially enjoys the challenge of teaching online. She is an energetic and warm teacher who takes a genuine interest in her students. She is especially focused on breaking through students' shyness in class and motivating them to learn as much as possible. In her free time, Nancy loves to travel and to read. She also enjoys staying active, and usually goes for a run every morning.

Stavanger
Marina Parmenova
Marina Parmenova
Russisklærer

Marina is an experienced teacher of Russian, Norwegian and English as a foreign language. She gained her teaching degree in her native Russia and in Norway, and has a bachelor's degree in economics and logistics from BI Handelshøyskolen in Norway. Her lessons are adapted to the specific learning requirements of her students and she applies a broad range of activities and methods to keep learners motivated and stimulated.

Oslo
Melissa Patrick
Melissa Patrick
Engelsklærer

Melissa has over 25 years of experience in education and has taught Business and general English in Norway, Japan and Australia. She has also worked in management roles in client services, education and international marketing.

Oslo
Tatjana Pejchinovska
Tatjana Pejchinovska
Customer Service and Consumer Sales Advisor

Tatjana Pejchinovska works at Lingu as a Customer Service Advisor. She comes from Macedonia, where she got her bachelor's degree in law, followed by eight years working in the legal field. After coming to Norway, she found a job at Lingu and adores her new lively role. Tatjana loves languages and speaks several of them. She also loves learning and gaining new skills. She is a workaholic, and is always happy to help. She is known for her positive, friendly attitude. She loves customers, and is always there to provide the best professional advice when it comes to their education. In her free time she really enjoys living in Norway with her husband and three wonderful kids. "Life is beautiful here," she says.

Bente Pettersbakken
Bente Pettersbakken
Norsklærer

My name is Bente Pettersbakken, I live in Eina, in Toten, and I am a mum to a great teenage girl. I have professional experience in sales, as a primary school educator in both the public and private sector, and now in adult education. In addition to this, I work both as an employee and as a self-employed person in the field of art, culture and teaching, and as a substitute language educator here at Lingu. My professional background involves teaching with a specialization in music, Norwegian language and literature, and pedagogy. In September 2020, I completed a master´s degree in adapted education. “In her master's thesis on adapted education at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Axel Honneth's theory of recognition and violation is the driving force and theoretical grounding that illuminates the research question: How can an appreciative education for adult immigrants be sought in light of the introduction act, a proposal for a new law on integration and experimental curriculum for adult immigrants? This research question has been investigated qualitatively. An analysis of documents based on a hermeneutic approach both as method and theory. Honneth's theory of recognition for a theoretical foundation, for a critical analysis of society's angle and tasks in order to be able to take care of adult immigrants in an appreciative way in education. My findings show that the intention with the purposes of the documents can be seen as appreciative. One can nevertheless find that public documents have the potential for improvement in relation to the wording and concepts used. Some concepts such as that of "foreigner", can be perceived as marginalizing and therefore offensive, which, based on the intention of the legislation, works against its own purpose. Successive governance documents should form part of contemporary societal and value debates. This is to strive for the goal of an appreciative education.” (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, 2020, Pettersbakken Bente).

Marcin Pietrowski
Marcin Pietrowski
Norsklærer

Jeg er en språk- og kultur entusiast. Har erfaring i undervisning og veiledning av voksne innvandrere og flyktninger.

Stavanger
Hadi Plesner
Hadi Plesner
Norsklærer

Hadi is a teacher of German and Norwegian. She has taught corporate clients in both the public and private sector, and has extensive experience teaching in international companies. Hadi loves teaching and is passionate about fostering students' sense of mastery, autonomy, and purpose.

Oslo
Marit Vaula Rasmussen
Marit Vaula Rasmussen
Norsklærer

Marit is a language teacher as well as an anthropologist. She got her degrees in social science, language and pedagogy from the Universities of Bergen and Oslo. Marit has been teaching for a few years and really enjoys it, and she likes to help her students learn by making them laugh. She is liked by her students for her supportive approach towards learning. In her spare time, when she is not hiking or giving her dancing shoes a spin, Marit enjoys spending time fishing by the family cabin.

Matt Robson
Matt Robson
Engelsklærer

After becoming TESOL certified in 2009, Matt has been teaching English at schools, businesses and on a one-to-one basis in the UK, India and Norway. Matt has assisted professionals from a broad range of sectors with their English communication skills. He has a degree in media and English, and worked for 20 years at media companies and startups gaining experience and knowledge that he subsequently uses for his business English classes. To further his pedagogical credentials, Matt participated in a PPU teacher training programme at Oslo University, which he completed in June 2020, receiving a grade A.

Oslo
Margret Sævarsdottir
Margret Sævarsdottir
Norsklærer

Margret trained as a screenwriter, and has an MA in Education, with a focus on ICT and learning. She also studied PPU (Practical Pedagogy for Teachers), accruing 30 study points in Norwegian as a second language. Margret enjoys teaching languages and seeks to design good learning plans that motivate and inspire. Margret was also part of the Lingu podcast team that produced Unmuta, an episode about digital teaching in language learning.

Oslo
Olav Seljeset
Olav Seljeset
Norsklærer

Teacher in Norwegian.

Stavanger
Erik  Simonsen
Erik Simonsen
Driftsansvarlig Kompetansepluss


Erik is our Operations Manager for Kompetansepluss. This means that Erik manages our contact with both private companies and the authorities concerning work-related Norwegian courses nationwide. Erik believes that work is personal, and he seeks to bring about smiles, laughter and inspiration in his work. He is openminded and has a strong belief in creating the best circumstances for people to work in. 
Erik enjoys the mountains, water, ice cream and coffee, as well as literature, movies, paintings and jazz. 


Bergen
Pia Lorentzen Skjennum
Pia Lorentzen Skjennum
Fagredaktør norsk og samfunn

Oslo
Agnes Skjerve
Agnes Skjerve
Head of Customer Service and Consumer Sales

Agnes works as Lingu's Head of Customer Service and Consumer Sales. She is half British and half Polish. Educated in Business Management and Law at London’s Open University, she has worked within the corporate area of the world's financial capital, the City of London, as well as in the financial public sector directly for the British Government, specialising in risk assessment. Agnes's professional passions include sales, business development, project management, revenue-related planning, marketing, and all customer-related areas. After work, Agnes usually spends time with her family, her dogs and cats, and driving her car. She loves swimming and yoga, which both calm her soul. Very energetic at work, and a natural optimist who loves relaxed, quiet time in her after-work life, she believes in dreaming big, and feels that if you really want something it will always land straight on your life path. She also believes that life success means full happiness both at work and in your personal life.

Stavanger
Ann Magritt Skogen
Ann Magritt Skogen
Norsklærer

Ann-Magritt er kursholder i Bergen og har snart 9 års erfaring som lærer. Hun har jobbet både i ungdomsskolen og ved voksenopplæringen, og underviser i norsk og spansk. Å jobbe med undervisning av voksne innvandrere er virkelig drømmejobben hennes! Hun liker å møte nye mennesker og gi dem verktøyene som trengs for at de skal lært så raskt og godt som mulig. I timene er hun spesielt opptatt av å engasjere og aktivisere alle kursdeltakere og skape variert undervisning med høy kvalitet!

Bergen
Helene Stenhaug
Helene Stenhaug
Innholdsutvikler

"Learning should be playful, satisfying and fun!" Helene is a Norwegian teacher and content producer with a background in film and theatre. Her mission is to help you make learning an engaging priority in your life.

Oslo
Alexander Stepanenko
Alexander Stepanenko
Backend developer

Online
Stephanie Tjensvold
Stephanie Tjensvold
Engelsklærer

Stephanie is a certified English teacher from the USA with extensive teaching experience. She has a master's degree in languages and journalism. As a teacher, she has broad expertise in business English, workshops, and private tuition for adults and children.

Stavanger
Lene Tjørhom
Lene Tjørhom
Norsklærer

Lene has a bachelor's degree in languages, with a specialisation in teaching Norwegian as a second language. She is also about to start her masters in Nordic Studies at the University of Stavanger. Before becoming a Norwegian teacher, she spent nearly a decade in Brazil teaching English to adult learners. Learning languages became a passion of hers at an early age when she become curious about people from other parts of the world. Learning a new language not only gives you more opportunities, but also makes it possible to get to know people one would normally not be able to speak to. That eventually inspired her to choose teaching languages to others as her career path. When not working, Lene enjoys hanging out with her 5-year old daughter.

Stavanger
Heidi Tofteberg
Heidi Tofteberg
Norsklærer

Online
Milan Tosic
Milan Tosic
Kurskoordinator Simply Online

Milan Tosic is a pedagogical leader and teacher of online courses in Norwegian language. His classes are interactive and student-centered. Milan has a master's degree in multicultural pedagogy and Norwegian as a second language from the University of Oslo, a master's degree with a major in English language, and further education in digital skills and virtual teaching. In addition to this, he has 14 years' pedagogical and teaching experience. Milan's main goal is to provide an enjoyable and successful learning experience. Join his course og snakk norsk :)

Online
Anne Tufte
Anne Tufte
CRO

Anne is a partner and head of sales and marketing (CRO) at Lingu. For many years she was CEO of the International Language School, until the company merged with Lingu in 2019. Anne is the contact person responsible for all course deliveries taking place in line with customers' requirements and expectations. She has over 25 years’ experience in the planning, sale and coordination of large contracts within work-related language training, and has, amongst several others, the following customers in her portfolio: Apotek1, DNB, Norges Bank, Siemens, Skatteetaten and Utenriksdepartementet. Anne is always happiest when she is working to solve new course challenges for Lingu's corporate customers.

Oslo
Beate Valberg
Beate Valberg
Norsklærer

Beate Valberg is a Norwegian teacher at Lingu. She believes learning should be fun and rewarding, and strives to create an inclusive learning environment. Beate is a qualified teacher, and has studied Norwegian as a second language, English, Hungarian, history and religion. She has a genuine passion for languages. In her spare time, Beate loves singing, playing the guitar and the piano, as well as playing video games. Beate looks forward to having you as her student.

Oslo
Yngvil Vatn Guttu
Yngvil Vatn Guttu
Lærer i norsk og samfunn

Yngvil is bilingual and is an experienced immigrant herself; has lived in the UK, Canada and the US for many years. Her formal education and professional background is in linguistics, theater and music, but her hobbies are economics, law, international politics and intercultural communication. So 50 hours of social studies is right up there for Yngvil! She has been teaching online and in classrooms for over ten years. When not at work, she is busy playing music, researching economics and politics or saving the world.

Online
Benedicte Vindseth
Benedicte Vindseth
Norsklærer

Benedicte is a teacher who loves making language learning interesting, fun and easy-breezy! She has a master’s degree in English and loves studying language, and is especially interested in Norwegian dialects. Her favorite part about being a teacher is getting to know her students really well and learning about their different hobbies and interests. Her students describe her as a warm and welcoming teacher who explains grammar in an easy and understandable way! In her free time, Benedicte loves spending time with her family, friends and of course playing with her baby! When she needs to chillax, she plays the piano, listens to music, plays video games and reads about philosophy.

HaugesundStavanger
Nora Wifstad
Nora Wifstad
Norsklærer

Nora Wifstad is a Norwegian teacher with an interest in social agendas and integration. She believes it is important to be able to socialize using the Norwegian language. Nora also has a background as a musician and conductor. Nora can help you improve your pronunciation. She speaks Norwegian and English.

Oslo
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