December 11, 2017
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your ELT professional life?
Probably having to move from general ELT to ESP and then to EAP. It meant spending a lot of time understanding the needs in each particular form of ELT, reading literature, developing new material and familiarizing myself with the needs of different kinds of students. In addition to that, accepting the fact that as a non-native speaker I will always have to deal with the odd student/employer… Read the rest
November 2, 2017
What’s been your favourite ELTABB moment?
There have been so many great moments. I think one of the first was seeing ELTABB really take off. And then I think other special moments have happened every time a new chair and new committee came along. For me this turnover of committee members and the willingness of people to come forward and volunteer has been the sign of a healthy organisation. Too many teacher associations are run by the same… Read the rest
October 10, 2017
What was the subject of your Masters thesis and why did you choose it?
The title of my thesis is “Language Use of International Adoptive Families in Taiwan” which is a qualitative study analysing the language use of Taiwanese/Chinese children adopted by native English-speaking parents from the U.S. and Canada. Unlike other studies I had read where the analysis focused on the internationally adopted children moving to the home country of the adoptive parents and experiencing language change,… Read the rest
September 8, 2017
What was the subject of your doctoral thesis and why did you choose it?
I was among the first students who studied European Bilingual Education at the University of Education in Karlsruhe. By that time, I wanted to become a primary school teacher. I chose the programme because meant I wouldn’t only learn how to teach English, but also how to teach Geography in English. Although it was already mentioned in the curriculum that teachers should use Content and Language… Read the rest
August 16, 2017
How and why did you get into teaching?
Funnily enough, I’d never wanted to be a teacher as I come from a family of teachers. That’s why I I chose to do a Master’s degree at Potsdam University majoring in English linguistics, choosing Political Science and Political Economy as minor subjects. My idea back then was to go into journalism. Well, that failed for a number of reasons but mainly because I didn’t feel passionate about that kind… Read the rest
July 9, 2017
Job: English trainerWebsite: LinkedIn
What is your role within Eltabb?
Since the start of 2017, I’ve been getting more and more involved with the organisation of events. This means meeting other workshop participants, speakers and promoting a supportive and collective environment within the ELT community. Since joining, I had been increasingly present and active as a question-asker at the ELTABB workshops so it was a logical step for me to join the events team.
How have you benefitted from being… Read the rest
July 5, 2017
By Mike Budden
To begin with, at this workshop Hugh presented some common ideas and beliefs about grammar to get us thinking about how much we believe language learning is grammar + words and if there are perhaps pitfalls in this way of thinking.
He showed us that coursebooks often provide dry examples of grammar, which can be quite far removed from actual realistic language use. (Do we ever sit peering into a building commenting on what people in various… Read the rest
June 2, 2017
Job: English language teacherWebsite: www.great-english.de
You have been involved with Eltabb on the events team for over 3 years. Why did you get involved and what have you enjoyed about volunteering?
First of all, thanks to Yasin for nominating me. What an honour!
To your question, I had just joined ELTABB then and I immediately liked the atmosphere of this community. So, when I was approached at the AGM shadowing the Events coordinator it felt like the perfect way of… Read the rest
May 1, 2017
You recently moved to Berlin; how did you find out about Eltabb and why did you join?
I found out about Eltabb through my first employer, All on Board Language School. I think Eltabb is a great organisation through which I can meet other English teachers in the Berlin area, through either social or professional development events.
What are the main differences to teaching English and German in your experience?
Well, they are both languages so teaching them essentially isn't… Read the rest
April 8, 2017
How/Why did you get into teaching?
I admit I am one of those people who got into ELT partly out of a desire to live and work in foreign countries and (try to) learn foreign languages. The thing I wanted most after college was to travel, but I couldn’t because of my student debt. So I did volunteer ESL teaching at a local literacy center and loved it. Then finally with loans paid off, I did my CertTESOL… Read the rest