10 tips for getting more out of your ELTABB Ning membershipAs 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:
- If you’ve lost your password, don’t panic, just go to eltabb.ning.com and send a ‘lost password’ request. When the confirmation email reply arrives, select a new password.
- 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.
- 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.
- New feature: 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.
- Start a new discussion. 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
- 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”.
- 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.
- In “Resources”, explore the “Digital Toolkit” suggested by webinar guru Carl Dowse, and add your favorites.
- Share your photos by uploading them, and add Youtube and Vimeo videos to the resources box using the embed code.
- Give the ELTABB team feedback by going to “Events” and following the drop down menu to “Event Feedback”.
Event Feedback and Online Resources
- Please follow this link to give us your feedback!
- Jürgen Wagner’s monthly newsletter provides a ‘best of the web’ bulletin. Stay up-to-date on favorites from Breaking News English to the BBC. The lesson plans and videos he features are especially appropriate for teens/young adults. Registration and the archive are here.
- If you’re looking for tools for online and blended teaching, see Mark Pelgrum’s E-language wiki.
Sample Forum Topics
The ultimate resource…the ELTABB forum. Become a member and join discussions; recent topics have included:
- Tax expert – “Can anyone recommend a tax consultant for freelance language trainers?”
- Materials – “I’m a new teacher in Berlin, and I was wondering whether anyone has advice about starting a library of materials…”
- Lesson activity – “I am doing some work with a student on her pronunciation, especially focusing on rhythm…”
- Business English – “I’ve got a new class of A2 learners who need a business English book that has…”
To keep updated on news and events, subscribe to the ELTABB mailing list:
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.
- Dale Coulter blogs on Reflective Practice, Dogme Moments and Lesson Skeletons at Language Moments, and has a second blog to his name here.
- 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.
- Anne Hodgson keeps a reflective blog on teaching and writing practice, The Island Weekly, and occasionally updates her old tech blog Ask Auntie Web.
- 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