Grammar doesn’t have to be grey!

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

Dragon’s Den

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

English as a Lingua Franca

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