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LOUISE CARLETON-GERTSCH
SPEAKER. AUTHOR. CONSULTANT.

About me

THE OFFICIAL NARRATIVE
I'm a freelance speaker, author and consultant for digital and learning. Over the past thirty years, I've worked  at the educational publisher Ernst Klett Verlag, the US educational software company The Learning Company and the start-up KidZ Vision, finally going freelance in 2001. Since then, I have established myself as a speaker in schools and at conferences in Germany and abroad, giving workshops and seminars, creating materials for learning English, as well as consulting on digital content for children.

THE DEEPER MEANING
Making learning engaging and rewarding is what drives me. I believe that integrating different media, making learning relevant to students and their lives, as well as encouraging them to follow their natural curiosity are key. And so I'm continually looking for innovative ideas to do this in a meaningful way.


ON A PERSONAL NOTE
I live in Munich with my husband and daughter, spend most of my free time playing the violin in various ensembles, being taken for walks in the local forests by our two golden retrievers, curled up with a good book, trying my hand at something new, or simply relaxing with family and friends.

I BELIEVE IN
INTEGRITY because we value those we can trust
QUALITY because nothing but the best is good enough
CURIOSITY because this is what keeps us doing our best work
CREATIVITY because custom-made solutions are the ones you need
INDIVIDUALITY because each interaction is unique

"Louise Carleton-Gertsch has worked as an author and presenter for Ernst Klett Sprachen for many years. The wide range of her expertise – from how to make Shakespeare fun to how to learn and successfully retain vocabulary is impressive. Her best-seller "Words in Context" has been a trustworthy handbook for a myriad of upper secondary students and teachers. She knows the ins and outs of teaching like the back of her hand and applies that knowledge in practical and informative ways. Her focus on how to use new media in a sensible manner is a refreshing and timely addition to the teaching discourse. In the numerous online seminars on diverse topics that she does for Ernst Klett Sprachen, hundreds of teachers have grown to respect her knowledge and appreciate her immensely helpful and motivating talks and workshops."Elizabeth Webster, former Managing Director, Ernst Klett Sprachen

A few steps along the way ...

HABERDASHERS' ASKE'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
It soon became apparent that my talents did not lie in the chemistry lab!

1980

CHRIST'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
Four happy years studying French & German, playing lots of music ... and football.

1986

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA
Two wonderful years working as language assistant at the Akademisches Gymnasium. Bonus: I meet my husband.

1988 & 1990

A PROUD EDITOR
A year after I joined Ernst Klett Verlag, I edited this students' edition. A collaboration with Faber & Faber - one of my favourite UK publishing houses!

1994

MAKING NEW FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY
As Head of Kids and Learning at the US Learning Company's subsidiary in Germany, I got to have some fun - such as localising Sesame Street CD-ROMs.

2000

I BECOME AN AUTHOR
A year after the birth of our daughter, I finish my first book - Words in Context.

2004

EYE-OPENING PROJECT WITH THE ILO
Proud to work as an educational consultant for a  project very close to my heart.

2006

BACK TO SCHOOL
Finally back in a classroom - teaching a Year 10 at the Karlsygymnasium in Munich. Two more great years follow.

2009

BUNDESZENTRALE FÜR POLITISCHE BILDUNG
Taking part in the panel discussion "App in die Zukunft" at the BPB in Berlin.

 

2013

Die ZEIT
My first article for Die ZEIT about developing apps for kids.

2013

THE FIRST OF MANY WEBINARS
Although it feels strange to talk to my computer, my dogs don't seem phased. And they've attended them all!

2016

BREXIT TALKS FOR GERMAN STUDENTS
Discussing Brexit with students - it's wonderful to be able to visit so many different schools.

2019