10 tips for getting more out of your ELTABB membership in the exclusive members-only area (Ning)

As a member of ELTABB, you can network online with over 200 ELT professionals working in your area. We have a members-only social network (“Ning”) that you gain access to when you join the organization. Here’s how to make the most of this online network:
  1. If you’ve lost your password, don’t panic, just go to and send a ‘lost password’ request. When the confirmation email reply arrives, select a new password.
  2. Stay in touch with ongoing discussions on the ELTABB Ning: Go to “Discussions”, scroll down to “Follow – Email me when there are new discussions”, and enable. Don’t worry about heaps of email: You’ll get only the initial post of any new discussion.
  3. Customize your profile and email settings. Edit the profile information on your page to introduce yourself to others at ELTABB. On the right side, in the box bearing your name, enable “Settings” (the gears symbol) and change elements using the box that then appears on the left. Please also add a photo that shows your face so that others can recognize you at “offline” events.
  4. Customize the look of your profile page. Go to “My Page” and edit the theme and layout. Get creative! What you do does not alter the look of other pages.
  5. Start a new discussion or ask a question. Go to “Discussions” and click the + button. When you go to post it, select a category from the drop-down menu, i.e.
    • General Discussion
    • Job Board
    • Book Discussion
    • Teaching Tips
    • Grammar Questions & Discussion
    • Getting Started in Teaching
    • Ning Questions and Issues
    • ELTABB Statutes and Minutes etc.
    • Legal Issues
    • Off Topic
    • Events Reviews
    • Professional Development
    • Webinars
  6. Find archived discussions on the topics you are interested in by using the search window. To browse the Categories, click on “Discussions” and “View by Category”.
  7. Post events of your choice around Berlin that could be interesting to your fellow Ning members. Your event posting will be moderated and enabled asap.
  8. In “Resources”, explore the “Digital Toolkit” suggested by webinar guru Carl Dowse, and add your favorites.
  9. Share your photos by uploading them, and add Youtube and Vimeo videos to the resources box using the embed code.
  10. Give the ELTABB team feedback by going to “Events” and following the drop down menu to “Event Feedback”.
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Event Feedback and Online Resources

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Recommended Resources for Dealing with Freelancer Issues (+ ELTABB discounts!)

  • Expath – Organization dedicated to helping expats get settled in Germany. Find help here for dealing with visas, tax issues, health insurance, and many more “red tape” issues. They also offer German courses, and ELTABB members receive a discount. [services in English, German]
  • Trainerversorgung e.V. – A non-profit organization for trainers/coaches/teachers of all kinds working in Germany. They provide workshops, webinars, resources and personal advice on tax issues, pension, other insurances (liability, sick pay, etc.), founding a company, legal issues, and more. ELTABB members get free “TV-Basic” membership and a 20 EUR discount on “TV-Plus” membership (includes personal meetings with advisors and discounts on insurance packages, bookkeeping and tax preparation services).  [services in German]

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Members’ Blogs

Here is a list of ELT blogs by ELTABB members:
  • Anthony Gaughan writes Teacher Training Unplugged. He says “This is all about simplifying language teaching and teacher education.”
  • Evan Frendo, business English trainer, author and presenter uses his blog to exchange ideas and information with teachers and trainers of business English and ESP.
  • Paul Walsh writes Decentralized Teaching and Learning, exploring how to strike a balance between centralisation (using a coursebook, teacher-as-authority, imposed curriculum) and decentralisation (no coursebook, co-responsibility and negotiated curriculum/ syllabus).
  • Jennette Mooney blogs on a range of teaching topics at Natives.
  • Theresa Gorman and Paul Walsh have discontinued blogging at “So you want to pass the diploma”, which remains a great resource for anyone working toward or considering taking the Trinity Diploma TESOL or the Cambridge DELTA.
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  • Macmillan English resources provide free English Language supplementary material to download and use in your classroom, free webinars and the English teachers’ resource site, one-stop-English.
  • On Pearson’s ELT website teachers can find continuously updated resource and professional development materials, browse the catalogue and be active in the ELT community – and find the local office.
  • The Cornelsen ELT website offers free photocopiables, interactive tests and exercises and a wide range of permium resources for VHS, language schools, in-company training and higher education.
  • The Oxford University Press Teachers’ Club offers 1000s of activities and ideas. Choose by age group, book title, topic or area of study.
  • Events for English teachers across Germany (most of them without charge) are organized by a number of publishers: OUP, Hueber, Klett, Cornelsen


ELTABB offers scholarships to its members! They are awarded to help support you in your further education and networking opportunities at conferences and teacher trainings. Follow this link to read the guidelines and find the application form. Please be aware of the 4 quarterly deadlines listed.