Jurgen trained as a linguist and lecturer of English at the University of Antwerp. He later went on to do a MSc in Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. He has mostly taught English to students of business and translation studies in Belgium. One of his particular areas of interest is how language and culture interact and he has lectured on this topic in Belgium and at multiple institutes of higher education in Europe including recent engagements at Göteborg University, Helmo Liège, Vaasa University of Applied Sciences and Coburg University of Applied Sciences.
He tells how, when he began to work as a teacher of English as a foreign language, he soon found that teaching language couldn’t be seen as separate from teaching culture. “Language and culture are so intertwined that one can’t be learned and taught without the other,” he explains. Jurgen’s fascination with the relationship between language and culture led him to train as a cross-cultural partner at Richard Lewis Communications. He feels that paying explicit attention to cultural differences has greatly enriched his language teaching.