Jaap Kok

Jaap Kok

English as a Foreign Language Teacher

Location
Mexico City Area, Mexico
Industry
Education Management

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Jaap Kok's Overview

Current
  • English as a Foreign Language Teacher at EFA Education
Past
  • Freelance Translator and Proofreader at Freelance Translation
  • Order Center Specialist (OCS) Benelux and Nordic countries, Instructor and Coordinator OCS team at IBM
  • Business Partner Account Support (BPAS) Benelux countries at IBM
  • Order Center Specialist (OCS) Benelux countries at IBM
  • Commercial Assistant, Customer Care Center at Agfa
  • Trainee Translator at F.A.X. Translations
Education
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Jaap Kok's Summary

You could characterize me as an international-minded person who is passionate about languages, history, literature and traveling. So far I have studied and worked abroad for eleven years. As part of an exchange program for my major American Studies I lived for one year in the United States. Later on I moved to Belgium and Spain for both working reasons and looking for new horizons. Since October 2013 I have been living in Mexico City.

Especially in the United States and Spain I was able to perfect my English and Spanish language skills. At F.A.X. Translations, Agfa and IBM I mastered different working processes, improved my computer skills and worked together with people from all over the world. Having lived in several countries and knowing persons from many cultural backgrounds ensure that I easily adapt to new environments.

I am accurate, efficient, flexible, social, a team player, a problem solver and accustomed to work in stressful situations. Having walked the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain from the French Pyrenees to the Atlantic Ocean in 2011 shows that I am determined too. If I want to achieve something, I go for it!

In 2013 I obtained the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate in Mexico City. Right after the course I started working for EFA Education. We offer private and in-company classes as well as classes by Skype. Please feel free to send me a personal note if you are interested in English classes or know someone who would like to learn English or improve his/her language skills. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Specialties: Language skills: see section below.

Computer skills: Eurodicautom, Imsabs, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), NOVA, SAP and Trados.

Jaap Kok's Languages

  • Dutch

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Spanish

    (Full professional proficiency)
  • French

    (Limited working proficiency)
  • German

    (Limited working proficiency)
  • Swedish

    (Limited working proficiency)

Jaap Kok's Skills & Expertise

  1. Spanish
  2. Translation
  3. Languages
  4. Dutch
  5. English
  6. Editing
  7. Proofreading
  8. Writing
  9. Proactivity
  10. Coaching
  11. Patience
  12. Excel
  13. Word
  14. Lotus Notes
  15. History
  16. American History
  17. Literature
  18. American Literature
  19. Administrative Work
  20. Order Management
  21. Order Processing
  22. Social Media
  23. Teaching
  24. Intercultural Communication
  25. Multilingual
  26. Foreign Languages

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Jaap Kok's Experience

English as a Foreign Language Teacher

EFA Education

October 2013Present (1 year) Mexico City Area, Mexico

Freelance Translator and Proofreader

Freelance Translation

Translation and Localization industry

October 2011September 2013 (2 years) Amsterdam Area, Netherlands

• Dutch-English, Dutch-Spanish, English-Dutch and Spanish-Dutch.

Order Center Specialist (OCS) Benelux and Nordic countries, Instructor and Coordinator OCS team

IBM

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; IBM; Information Technology and Services industry

July 2007September 2011 (4 years 3 months) Madrid Area, Spain

• Responsible for managing the receipt, processing and closing of new IBM Business Partner orders and order alterations.
• Perform activities related to the transactions, such as credit checking, inventory movements, business controls and compliance testing (audits).
• Educate all new team members of OCS Benelux.
• Coordinator of OCS team in cooperation with manager and team leader Benelux team.
• Draw up and revise manual of OCS business operations.

Business Partner Account Support (BPAS) Benelux countries

IBM

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; IBM; Information Technology and Services industry

July 2006June 2007 (1 year) Madrid Area, Spain

• Follow-up of processed orders and providing feedback to Business Partners.
• Problem solving and support to Business Partners on any issue.

Order Center Specialist (OCS) Benelux countries

IBM

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; IBM; Information Technology and Services industry

July 2005June 2006 (1 year) Madrid Area, Spain

• Responsible for managing the receipt, processing and closing of new IBM Business Partner orders and order alterations.
• Perform activities related to the transactions, such as credit checking, inventory movements, business controls and compliance testing (audits).

Commercial Assistant, Customer Care Center

Agfa

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; AGFB.br; Business Supplies and Equipment industry

January 2003March 2004 (1 year 3 months) Antwerp Area, Belgium

• Responsible for total follow-up of Belgian and Dutch orders.
• Administrative and logistical support to the Account Managers.

Trainee Translator

F.A.X. Translations

September 2002November 2002 (3 months) Groningen, Netherlands

• Revised translations from Danish, English, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish into Dutch and from Dutch into English, Spanish and Swedish.
• Translated from English into Dutch and from Dutch into English.

Jaap Kok's Education

Teachers Latin America, Mexico City

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate, Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

20132013

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen / University of Groningen

drs. / MA, American Studies

19972004

Master's thesis major American Studies: "The Fight of Truth, Garrison, Stowe and Douglass for the Abolition of American Slavery Compared and Evaluated".

Courses major American Studies dealing with:
- American culture
- American English
- American history
- American law
- American life
- American literature
- American philosophy
- Canadian and Mexican Studies
- Oral and writing skills English language
- Translation into English

Activities and Societies: Committee member and editor journal The Epunomist (E Pluribus Unum (EPU) - American Studies Students’ Association) and Leader study group North America (Studentenvereniging voor Internationale Betrekkingen (SIB) - International Students’ Association)

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen / University of Groningen

Attained first-year (Propedeuse) knowledge of Swedish language

20012002

Courses dealing with:
- Oral and writing skills Swedish language
- Swedish grammar
- Swedish vocabulary

College of Charleston

Exchange program, American Studies

20002000

Courses:
- African American Historical Autobiography
- American Novel to 1900

Ball State University

Exchange program, American Studies

19991999

Courses:
- Black History US
- Conversation Spanish
- History of Antebellum South
- US 1492-1756, Colonial History

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen / University of Groningen

Attained first-year (Propedeuse) knowledge of Spanish language

19981999

Courses dealing with:
- Oral and writing skills Spanish language
- Spanish grammar
- Spanish vocabulary

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen / University of Groningen

First-year exam (Propedeuse), English Language and Culture

19961997

Courses dealing with:
- American and British history
- American and British life
- American and British literature
- English grammar
- English vocabulary
- Linguistics
- Old English
- Oral and writing skills English language
- Phonetics

De Nieuwe Veste

Pre-university education (VWO)

19891996

Subjects: Dutch, English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics A and Economy I

Jaap Kok's Additional Information

Interests:

hiking (walked the Camino de Santiago in 2011), history, meeting up with friends, reading and travelling

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