May 12, 2012
Workshop Review: Tia Robinson
This workshop addressed ELTABB members’ top challenges and used the participants’ collective knowledge to brainstorm possible solutions for managing the issues effectively and professionally.
Perhaps not surprisingly, participants independently came up with very similar top classroom challenges! Here are our top classroom challenges along with the solutions we brainstormed:
What do I do when my students are speaking their native language in class?
Reward students for English-only days by playing a game in the last 15… Read the rest
April 21, 2012
Workshop Review: Ann Cartwright
By Meli Solomon
Ann Cartwright, experienced human resources manager, author and EFL trainer presented the key processes, skills and benefits of coaching as a workplace learning tool. Read the ELTABB event review by Méli Solomon:
Well attended and well received.At the outset, I sensed some doubts about relevance, but as Ann responded to the multitude of questions and comments, the participants developed a greater appreciation for how coaching might be relevant to their training. It’s important… Read the rest
March 10, 2012
Workshop Review: Vicki Hollett
By Anne Hodgson, James Topping, Khushi Pasquale
Sponsored by Pearson (thank you!)
In the traditional classroom, the 3 R’s have now given way to the 4C’s – Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking and Creativity. Vicki presented these as 21st century skills needed to handle the challenges of our complex and competitive world. She asked us: Do we actually need to teach the 4Cs to our students? This may be a rhetorical question, but it’s clearly worth discussing… Read the rest
February 11, 2012
Workshop Review: Nick Munby
Nick Munby provided some new perspectives on games in the classroom.
Games are often used as warmers, getting to know or wind down activities in the language classroom. But games can also serve as core activities designed to examine how we think, put ideas into words and negotiate relationships with other people.
The workshop began with some probability and mathematical teasers which produced enthusiastic participation and the use of a surprising range of language. Later, participants… Read the rest
January 21, 2012
Workshop Review: Evan Frendo
Evan Frendo discussed recent research projects. Topics included needs analysis, corpus linguistics, workplace discourse, intercultural communication and the controversial subject of English as a Lingua Franca.In the second half, attention was turned to framework materials. These are materials which take the form of a template for student input. They don’t take long to produce and help the teacher acquire background knowledge of the learner’s work and language needs.
The presentation is available in prezi… Read the rest
November 5, 2011
What do language schools look for in a teacher?
A panel discussion led by Dominic Braham with representatives from language schools gave participants the opportunity to to ask questions about key concerns such as qualifications, skills, rates of pay.
Participants left with a clear idea of what to expect and how to successfully apply to a language school/institution in the Berlin and Brandeburg area.… Read the rest
November 1, 2011
Intercultural communicative competence is a combination of knowledge, attitudes and skills. Communication skills are the focus, i.e. using language in intercultural encounters to ensure the best results for all involved.
This 4-day course took place on two weekends in November.
The course leads to certification in Intercultural Competence in English (ICE)was developed by a team of elc testing experts in cooperation with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Saarland.… Read the rest
October 15, 2011
Workshop Review: Michael Swann
Oxford University Press and ELTABB welcomed Michael Swan, author of “Practical English Usage” and many other ELT publications to Berlin. He demonstrated why “grammar doesn’t have to be grey”.… Read the rest
September 24, 2011
Khushi Pasquale invited participants to hear about her one-year exploration of everything Dragons’ Den which eventually culminated in a Dragons’ Den curriculum.
Dragons’ Den was imported from Japan and first broadcast on British television in 2005. In perhaps one of the best uses of reality show TV, entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts to a group of investors in the hope of getting funding.
Sure enough, it wasn’t long before business English trainers started importing the series into their own classes… Read the rest
August 13, 2011
ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) has been a point of discussion since the 90s and still remains a highly contentious issue in the world of teaching.
Annette Stemmerich explained what is meant by ELF, why the discussion around ELF is so heated, and what research has been conducted in this area to support the claims made by ELF proponents.
We looked at some of the issues in the classroom, in particular in teaching pronunciation, and its role in testing.… Read the rest