Emma Silvius

Dutch language classes in San Francisco

Emma Silvius

About me

I am a qualified language teacher trained as a linguist and specialized in bilingualism, with over 10 years of experience in teaching groups and individuals alike.

I have extensive experience teaching Dutch as a foreign language to learners of various ages and levels. I have trained adult learners and professionals at the British Foreign Office, Imperial College London, and other higher education institutions. I have also taught children aged between 4 and 12 years at Dutch and international schools in London and the San Francisco Bay Area. I am currently a faculty member at the Dutch School Silicon Valley.

Beside teaching, I am an English-Dutch translator for global companies. I also have over 4 years of experience as a full-time advisor for school management and boards with the Dutch Independent School Association.

If you’re looking for Dutch language classes, please contact me by email or via my LinkedIn profile for an assessment of your learning goals.

Specialties: Dutch (children, adults, business); French (adults); Bi- and Multilingualism; School governance; Consulting.


  • Dutch

  • French

  • Bilingualism

  • School governance

My resume


Dutch College2017 - Present

Personalized Dutch language classes for adult learners of all levels—from beginner to advanced.


Dutch School Silicon Valley2015 - Present

I teach a class of children aged between 7 and 12, at different grade levels. The lessons focus on Dutch language and culture.


Multiple clients (Uber, Regus, DHC)2016 - 2018

English-Dutch translation, localization, and QA for multiple global companies.


UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office2010 - 2011

I trained British diplomats who were about to be sent to the Netherlands. My job was to bring their level of Dutch from zero to high proficiency, allowing them to work and speak fluently in Dutch as part of their mission.


ACS International Schools2010

I taught a class of children aged between 5 and 10. The main focus of the class was on improving writing and reading skills in Dutch.


Imperial College London2007 - 2011

I was appointed by the humanities program of Imperial College London as a Dutch teacher and I was responsible for the Dutch Beginners evening program.


Regenboog School London2008 - 2010

I taught a class of children aged between 5 and 8. This teaching program had to comply with official standards set by the Dutch government and undergo regular tests with the Dutch Inspection for the Education.


City Literary Institute, London2008 - 2010

I was responsible for the Dutch program at City Lit and for teaching a Dutch Beginners class to a group of adults.


London Business Conferences2006-2007


Dutch Independent School Association (VBS)2002-2006


Institute for International Research (IIR)1998-2002


Hotelschool The Hague1996-1998

Master of Arts, French linguistics and literature

Leiden University1993 - 1998

Bachelor of Education

Hogeschool INHOLLAND2006-2010

My Services

Dutch for adults

Beginner to advanced language training, for business or personal purposes.

Translation and review

English to Dutch translation of a broad range of text and media formats. Dutch copy editing (first or second review).

Online learning

A range of classes and distance learning opportunities via Skype or Google Hangout.

Dutch for children

Language training (reading, writing), in a class or on a 1:1 basis, tailored to monolingual or multilingual children.

Quality Assurance

3rd party review of English to Dutch translations for quality assurance (QA)