16th August 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 more
9th July 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 more
5th July 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 more
2nd June 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 more
1st May 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 more
8th April 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 more
18th February 2017
What are a few of the ways you bring creativity into your work?
I think human beings are creative beings and I like bringing creativity into all aspects
of my life. One way to do that is to know the rules and then break them.
Deconstructing, daring, experimenting. Another way is to use a multidisciplinary
approach. Mixing things up. And allowing yourself to be a child and to play.
What do you think is the greatest challenge facing ELT professionals… Read more
30th January 2017
By Annie Heringer
When I arrived at the Migration Matters Workshop, I wasn’t sure what I was expecting. I teach English in Berlin and my students are German or have lived in Germany for years. What would I learn today that would inform my teaching? It was curiosity that drove me out of the snow and into the cozy wine shop where the workshop was being held.
By the time we went around and introduced ourselves, I realized that the… Read more
2nd January 2017
Name: Justin Ehresman
Job title: Managing Director of All on Board
What made you decide to set up your own language school?
I actually never wanted to set up my own school. I was in a relationship with a banker and he was impressed by the fact that I was so booked (teaching 50 units a week) that he was sure we could build on that and open a school together. Only after taking part in a business plan competition,… Read more
30th November 2016
Name: Christopher Chandler
Birth country: UK
Job title: Business English Trainer at www.christopherchandler.de
Have you ever worked in a different field?
I’ve done all sorts of things in the UK. I’ve worked as a Client Project Manager (as part of a team) building a hospital in South Wales, bid for and utilised European funding to restore two dilapidated listed buildings, run grants programmes, worked in Community Development, worked in Field Marketing visiting supermarkets across London and the South of England…lots… Read more