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j o l n e s – Joint Learning in Northern European Studies

Northern European Studies – and then what?

A video series on career prospects by j o l n e s

Episode 8: Language School Founder

The language of the video is German. German and English subtitles can be set optionally.



Silja van Teijlingen is founder and manager of a language school. She studied Scandinavian Studies and Media Culture Studies in Cologne and Aarhus. After finishing her studies, she moved to Leipzig, where she worked as a freelance German teacher. Together with a friend, she then founded the language school ‚Sprachschule Paroli‘ in Leipzig in 2018, in which students not only learn German, but also explore Leipzig’s cultural scene with the school staff at their side. Today she manages the school and is still teaching ‚German as a foreign language‘ there.



Date The interview was conducted on May 10 2021 via Zoom.
Interviewed by Anja Ute Blode, Anne-Katrin Heinen
Cinematography and Editing Anja Ute Blode, Anne-Katrin Heinen
Transcript by: Anja Ute Blode, Paula Ordejón
j o l n e s – Design Heide Matz
Produced by University of Cologne, Department for Scandinavian and Finnish Studies



Further short videos with Silja van Teijlingen

Alumni Scandinavian Studies: My favourite seminar

Alumni Scandinavian Studies: How I got into Scandinavian Studies