Conference 2019 ELTAF Conference 2019 NOT TO BE MISSED! We cordially invite you to attend the ELTAF CONFERENCE Saturday, 29 June 2019 09:15 – 17:30 Frankfurt International School (FIS) An der Waldlust D-61440 Oberursel www.fis.edu Our conference will offer 18 workshops featuring a wide variety of ... €90 * or members of other ELTAs in Germany
In the ever-changing world of modern business English training, trainers are under increasing pressure to move away from ‘vanilla’ skills or technical focused lessons and into more realistic simulations, roleplays and interactions using authentic materials. While by no means dead, course books themselves are undergoing massive change and in many cases are of limited use in some courses.
Clearly, as trainers we can’t all be expected to simultaneously be experts in automotive engineering, finance, and health insurance and while assigning a trainer with relevant experience to a course is always desirable, it’s not always practical or achievable.
So what’s the answer? In this workshop we will look at how we can use our own students as sources of authentic materials and build dynamic, unique lessons from them. We’ll look far beyond simple ‘please bring in an email’ lessons and instead at how to conduct a useful needs analysis and ensure that we follow-through on meeting our students’ requirements – whatever industry they work in.
The aim of the workshop is to provide attendees with flexible, powerful, simple activities that they can leverage in any class to create industry-specific, useful lessons for their participants.
Michael Mould has worked as a full-time English trainer in Munich for nearly ten years. He has been heavily involved in learning material development including online resources for much of this time. A big believer in modernising the way English is taught, he has always placed a heavy emphasis on moving away from ‘photocopier-based training’ and focusing instead on dynamic, student-specific course content. He also enjoys working in trainer development and runs trainer webinars and workshops several times a year.
Four Things Every Business English Teacher Should Know
A day of training with Lewis Lansford - the day will include four workshop sessions:
What you need to know about …• business (and what you don't need to know!) 9:30-10:45
In addition to having an English-teaching qualification, the ideal business English teacher would have an extensive background in business, a degree in management or other area of business, and would read the Financial Times on a daily basis, right? Possibly not. Yes, you need to demonstrate that your area of expertise is language and communication, but successful teachers also have a clear idea of what they know and what they don’t know, and are comfortable with both. The key is often in the questions you ask your learners and how you answer their questions – not in how much you know about business.
• transferrable skills 11:00-12:15According to a recent Deutsche Welle headline, German students are poorly prepared for the job market – and it’s not just a problem in Germany. A selection of global headlines tell a similar story: Young people lack workplace skills, firms say in survey (BBC), Employers must invest in skills development (European Commission report of transferability of skills), and so on. What are transferrable skills, why are they important, and what can English teachers do to help learners at all levels develop them? We’ll discuss these questions and talk about a few practical solutions for the classroom.
• business communication 13:00 - 14:15In international business, the majority of English-language interactions don’t involve a first-language user of English, and don't take place in a country where English is an official language. This is the reality of English as it’s used today. What does this mean for teachers and learners? What’s real English today? What kind of accent should we encourage learners to aim for? What do they need to know about culture if they’re mostly dealing with other second-language English users? What are the implications for business communication? In this session, we’ll discuss these questions and look for practical answers for how to address them in the classroom.
• student motivation and educational psychology 14:30-15:45
This workshop, in which we’ll look at some research from educational psychology, will show how unedited, ungraded video can be fully used in the classroom to encourage learner engagement and promote language development at all levels. All too often, video is seen simply as listening that happens to have pictures, rather than as the amazing multi-sensory resource that it is. And especially at lower levels, authentic listening input alone often isn’t appropriate — the language level is too high. How can teachers make full use of the benefits of video? And how can we bridge the gap between low- or intermediate-level learners and the higher-level video material they often want to watch?
Lewis is a writer, materials developer, teacher and teacher trainer based in York, UK. In an ELT and publishing career spanning nearly 30 years, he's taught business English, EAP, technical and general English. He’s written books, videos, tests, audio materials, worksheets, apps and online resources for learners of all ages across the world, including work on Pearson's Business Partner course.
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3:30-4:00: meet and greet with tea, coffee, beverages and snacks
“Vocabulary: Teach, Rinse & Repeat”
This is a session about Vocabulary: how we think about it, what we do with it, and – most importantly – how we teach it. In the session we will focus on students by experimenting with some practical classroom activities for vocabulary acquisition. On the other hand, we will examine which classroom methods actually jive with our own beliefs as teachers – namely, beliefs about how vocabulary is best taught, learned, remembered and used.
Adam Bandstra has a BA in English and Post Independence Indian Literature, and an MA in Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching from King’s College, London. He also holds the Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching for Adults (DELTA with Distinction) and the Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching Management (DELTM with Merit). He has been variously an English language teacher, curriculum designer, translator, teacher-trainer, academic manager, business communications trainer, and school principal in the USA, Germany, the United Kingdom, India, and Turkey. Currently he works as a Business English trainer in and around Augsburg and is a committee member for IATEFL’s Teacher Training and Education SIG.
Melta members will get together once again on July 20 in the beergarden to relax and have fun over some food and drink.
It will probably take place in the Hofbräukeller beergarden in the InnereWienerStr. Details to follow.
There will be a workshop beforehand, see website!.
Hope to see you there! Your Melta committee!