English as a Lingua Franca and the ‘native speaker’ debate: Practical classroom ideas for English teachers

22nd March 2017

Saturday 22nd April, 10:00 to 13:30 Berlin School of English, Charlottenstr. 81, 10969 Berlin It is taken for granted that students prefer ‘native speaker’ teachers. It is also taken for granted that students prefer and should aspire to learn ‘native-like’ English. And as a result, the ‘native speaker’ is seen as not only a better language model, but also a better teacher. However does this really reflect our students’ language goals and needs?… Read more

Fossilization: is it terminal, doctor? – Scott Thornbury and AGM

11th January 2017

Saturday, 11th February, 10:00 – 16:30 GLS Sprachenzentrum, Kastanienallee 82, 10435 Berlin We are delighted to welcome Scott to Berlin and ELTABB. He will be running a workshop (blurb below) and also be put in the spotlight for your burning questions. Scott’s workshop will be followed by lunch and our annual general meeting. This is an important event for ELTABB and a chance for the current board to update you on the happenings of the year and to vote in… Read more

Red Tape workshop

10th January 2017

Saturday, 25th March, 10:00 – 14:30 Expath, Jansastrasse 9, 12045 Berlin-Neukölln The Business Dictionary defines “Red Tape” as: “Colloquial term for bureaucratic practice of hair splitting or foot-dragging, blamed by its practitioners on the system that forces them to follow prescribed procedures to the letter.” Isn’t this something we all go through here in Berlin? Tia Robinson (Expath) will be giving a talk/workshop on dealing with the Red Tape issues Berlin presents us. The talk is aimed at teachers with… Read more