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Melanie von Brandis

Lecturer & Trainer

Personal Profile

From my early childhood on other cultures were part of my life. I grew up in the famous Black Forest and enjoyed childhood friends from Africa, Romania, France, India and Turkey. Later, on my journeys and long term stays in Asia, North America and Europe I extended my international competences. Thus, my professional career as certified teacher and cultural trainer plainly complements my natural me. Thats probably one reason why I made my intercultural lifestyle my profession as well.

Address: On request
Relationship: Married
Birthday / -Place: 13. May 1981 / Nagold (Germany)

Professional Activities


February 2021 - today

Co-founder of a digital communications company. More details to come. | University teacher for German as a Foreign Language (GFL), all language levels CEFR, online teaching for Reutlingen University, Germany. | Freelance examiner for GFL. Goethe and Telc Certificates, all language levels CEFR. Swimming lessons for local children: Freestyle and breaststroke.

Teacher for German at University Reutlingen (Germany)

March 2016 - today

German as a foreign language (GFL) courses and Regional Studies for all GeR levels.
Summer and semester courses.

Head of clearing house Integration at district administration office Böblingen (Germany)

February 2020 - February 2021

Execution of government programs for integration of migrants at district office HQ.
Counselling of Migrants regarding the governments programs on German language. | Organization and planning of government language programs (GFL): Alphabetization, Beginner Courses GFL A1-B1, Language courses to prepare young professionals GFL (B2) | Individual counseling and offers for Language Courses (GFL) for advanced learners (B2/C1) | Cooperation with the local authorities | Cooperation with language schools and local administrations | Cooperation with local companies that employ trainees / young professionals.

Speaker at the first Vientiane Book Festival (Laos)

February 2019

Interactive workshop on the topic "Intercultural Communication" to students and teachers of Laos. Trip to Laos

Private teacher for German as foreign language

January 2019 - January 2021

Coworker integration at Failenschmid GmbH (St. Johann-Gächingen)

Examiner for German as foreign language

August 2018 - today

Examination for DTZ, Goethe A1, Goethe B2, Telc B1 and B2) at VHS Böblingen and VHS Reutlingen

Teacher for German and Regional Studies at MWS (Germany)

January 2018 - July 2018

Headteacher for German as a foreign language in an integration and alphabetization class (VABO) at MWS, Tuebingen (Germany)

Teacher for German at VHS Herrenberg

January 2018 - March 2018

Head of alphabetization class for German as a foreign language.

Teacher and Examiner at VHS Tuebingen (Germany)

April 2015 - January 2020

German as a foreign language courses, Regional Studies, Politics (Germany) for foreigners (preparation for Citizenship Test)
Evaluation tests, exam preparation, examiner for Goethe certificates: All GeR-Levels, Telc C1, B2, DTZ (Telc) A2, B1

Teacher training at THS Reutlingen (Germany)

January 2014 - January 2015

for Grammar School / Extended Secondary School / Vocational School
at Theodor-Heuss-Schule, Reutlingen. Subjects: English and Geography, Economic Geography

Research Assistant at University Hospital Tuebingen (Germany)

September 2012 - September 2013

Scientific Assistant at "Kompetenzzentrum für Medizindidaktik BW" (Engl.: Competence Centre for Medical Didactics), University Hospital, Tuebingen
Duties: preparing and assisting during trainings, public relations work, evaluation of classes/ trainings (questionnaires) with MS Excel.

Teaching practice

September-November 2009 & March-May 2010

At Grammar school "Maria von Linden Gymnasium" - Calw (Baden Wuerttemberg - Germany)

Education practice at Vienna University (Austria)

August 2006 - September 2007

Education, English and American studies
Special/curative practice on therapeutic horseback riding (Equotherapie), Vienna hospital “Otto Wagner Spital”

Social work placement and language studies (USA)

May-August 2006

Work with people with special needs, Live-Care-Centre, Great Barrington, Massachusetts,
Private language studies

HR-Coordinator, Mercedes-Benz HQ (Germany)

Mai 2003 - September 2003

Coordination of seasonal workers for area surface treatment / finish car production in Sindelfingen

Developement Aid, Davao (Philippines)

October 2002 - April 2003

Social Work and lectures at “University of the Nations” (Hawaii), Location: Mindanao (Philippines)

Office Administrator

September 1997 - June 2000

Accounting, administration, customer service at ‘Autohaus Löhle’, Volkswagen, Audi and BMW Partner, Altensteig (Germany)

Weather observer for German Meteorological Service


Daily measurements of weather and rainfall data location Altensteig-Wart, monthly reports to Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), branch Stuttgart (Germany)

Personal Strengths

  • communicative
  • intercultural experienced
  • team player
  • fun with languages
  • pragmatically creative
  • Ennglish professional
  • interdisciplinary
  • left-hander
  • diligent
  • economical
  • experienced with Word, Excel, Access, SPSS

Education / Certificates

Goethe Institut (Germany)

August 2017

Prüferlizenz für die Goethe-Zertifikate A1-C1 mündl. und schriftl. & Goethe-Zertifikat C2 mündl., durch VHS Leinfelden-Echterdingen

telc Deutsch

September 2017

Prüferlizenz Deutsch C1-C2, Telc Deutsch B2-C1 Beruf

telc Deutsch

Juli 2016

Prüferlizenz telc Deutsch Integration (DTZ) B1-A2

State certificate of BAMF (Germany):

September 2015

Admission from the State Department of Migration (Bundesamt für Migration BAMF, Nuernberg) to teach language and integration courses (German politics and history) for adults.

State Exam for English language at University of Tuebingen (Germany)

April 2004 - November 2013

Degree: Degree: First State Examination (1. Staatsexamen) for English as teacher at secondary schools
Anglistics and Americanistics (incl. teacher training)
Focus on: Learning and teaching ELF, Linguistics: Pragmatics

State Exam for Geography at University of Tuebingen (Germany)

April 2004 - November 2013

Degree: Degree: First State Examination (1. Staatsexamen) for Geography as teacher at secondary schools
Focus on: Economic geography, geomorphology, interconnecionts natural-, cultural-, and economic sphere, teaching geography

University of Applied Science - Reutlingen (Germany)

September 2003 - March 2004

Study sample chemical engineering

Extended secondary school - Stuttgart (Germany)

September 2000 - July 2002

Abitur Baden Württemberg - Germany

Focus on Economics

Office executive training - Altensteig (Germany)

September 1997 - June 2000

at car dealer ‘Autohaus Löhle’ for Volkswagen (VW), Audi and BMW in Altensteig, Germany
Duties: back and front office, accounting
Degree as office administrator

Grammar school (Gymnasium) - Altensteig (Germany)

1991 - 1997

Secondary school certificate