We are delighted to announce the launch of our new blog series, Get to Know Eaquals. Featuring Eaquals members from a wide range of backgrounds, the new blog series will enable members to get to know the Eaquals family and become more involved with our growing community of language professionals.
Our first blog features Eaquals Vice-Chair and co-founder of Liden & Denz, Walter Denz. Members can log in to the member area to read the blog in full.
For non-members, here is a preview of the new blog:
‘Be curious and never stop learning.’
Could you tell us something about your early career in the language teaching sector ?
Together with a partner, I set up Liden & Denz in post-communist Russia back in 1992. A year earlier I graduated from the London School of Economics with an M.Sc. in Political Theory. So neither did I attend any business school nor did I train as a teacher. I also did not speak Russian back then. My only connection to language teaching was my own student experience learning English at Eurocentres a few years earlier.
What big changes have you noticed in the language teaching field since you started?
Students are more independent these days. When we started, the language school was the only source of information and 100% of our students stayed with host-families. That was pre-internet. In the case with Russian, it is interesting to note that the average age has dropped significantly. More and more students study Russian for career purposes. This was not the case in the 90’s.