August 1, 2018
Join us on Saturday, August 18th, 2018 from 10am -2pm at the Berlin School of English (Charlottenstr. 81, 10969 Berlin) for our next workshop. Afterwards we will go together to the Sotto Sopra cafe ( Friedrichstraße 209, 10969) for lunch as our August Stammtisch. The workshop is free for ELTABB members and €10 for non-members. About the workshop: In the language training market today, the average price paid to teachers per hour of training is either stagnating or in steady decline. This makes traditional face-to-face lessons more and more difficult to sustain. Digitally Assisted Training, or ‘Blended Learning’, uses commonly available, familiar technologies to help the trainer to optimise the time they spend with their learners, leading to a better overall hourly rate. This workshop will give you some examples and frameworks that you can use to kick-start, or further develop, your digital training approach, regardless of your level of technological expertise. About the speaker: Richard Osborne has been working in the professional language training industry in France for the last 9 years. Starting with the CELTA qualification from Cambridge ESOL, he gained his first experience in a business language training centre in the Paris business district of La Défense, as well as several ‘écoles supérieurs’ (French high ranking universities). He quickly became interested in programme design and advanced pedagogy, leading him to take the DELTA certification. As Director of Studies of his training centre, he found himself on a mission to increase the quality and professionalism of his work and that of his peers. His responsibilities included creating programmes and pedagogic support, managing students and teachers on the centre’s Learning Management System, responding to tenders from French funding bodies, as well as running workshops and observations for the trainers in his team. His passion for language training experimentation came through digesting countless published works on language training and discovering the enormous range of possibilities in terms of teaching approaches. He spent years trying to develop the perfect eclectic blend to use in his own work as well as in his staff training workshops, including a method of experiential training that he presented at one national and one international teaching conference (TESOL France and IATEFL Manchester).