Event Calendar

    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 09:15 - 17:30
    • An der Waldlust D-61440 Oberursel www.fis.edu

    Dear All
    We on the ELTAF committee are getting really excited about our conference in two
    weeks! Registration will close in one week and we’re very happy with the number of participants – thanks to everyone for registering.

    We do have a great line up this year and I am especially looking forward to the plenary sessions. There are so many choices and opportunities available to us in our teaching that it is difficult to decide what we should do … and how much should be digital in the age of AI?

    Susan Holden, an experienced teacher, teacher trainer, writer and publisher from Scotland will be driving over (yes really) from Scotland to help us through this jungle of choices by drawing on her own experience in her talk “Can’t see the wood for the trees? Help!” and Evan Frendo, long-time friend of ELTAF will take a light-hearted look at our digital future in “ELT it is a-changing” in the final plenary.
    So visit our website and register so as not to miss these good talks!
    Liz Jolliffe
    ELTAF Chair

    Conference 2019

    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

    • 29 Jun 2019
    • 14:00 - 17:30
    • Gasteig, room 3142, Rosenheimerstr.5
    Flexible, powerful and simple activities that  can leverage  any class to create industry-specific and useful lessons for the participants.

    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. 

    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 09:30 - 16:00
    • V.H.S. building, Einsteinstr. 28, Munich

    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 11:00-12:15
    According 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 - 14:15
    In 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.

    Registration: email to: heimo.kropf@pearson.com

    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 15:30 - 17:30
    • Gasteig, Room number to follow

    3:30-4:00: meet and greet with tea, coffee, beverages and snacks

    4:00-5:30, workshop:

    “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.





    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 18:00
    • (Probably) Hofbräukeller, InnereWienerStr. Details to follow later

    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!

Past events

25 May 2019 Using authentic visual material in the language classroom
11 May 2019 TEACHING BETTER OUTCOMES with a lexical approach
11 May 2019 2nd IATEFL Poland business English Event
04 May 2019 Worth 1,000 Words: How to Communicate Visually (even if you think you can’t draw!)
01 Apr 2019 The 53rd International IATEFL Conference 2019 in Liverpool
30 Mar 2019 Base metal into gold:Human-to-human classroom communication
25 Mar 2019 LMU International Language Conference
17 Mar 2019 St. Patrick's Day Parade
16 Mar 2019 MELTA AGM: March 16, 2019
16 Mar 2019 More than just speaking: Developing speaking skills
16 Feb 2019 Tips & tricks for young learners - and older learners too!
08 Dec 2018 MELTA Christmas Party
24 Nov 2018 A-Z Coaching in the business English classroom
16 Nov 2018 BESIG Annual Conference
20 Oct 2018 Teaching online - Tools & methods
12 Oct 2018 From Culture to Conversation - From Literature to Links between Language and Interaction
29 Sep 2018 MELTA Day 2018 - Full details now available!
22 Sep 2018 ELTAU event: The impact of visual communications in your business English classroom and Critical thinking in Business English
28 Jul 2018 Melta Annual Summer Beergarden Social
28 Jul 2018 From theory to practice: implementing business English at work
20 Jul 2018 MVHS Event: Teachers' Workshop
12 Jul 2018 HAMLET
29 Jun 2018 Show & Tell Workshop
23 Jun 2018 Communicative Activities Plus
02 Jun 2018 English for Academic Purposes Conference 2018: Integrating Language and Content in EAP (Sponsored by ELTABB)
28 Apr 2018 Unplugged: On your feet and face-to-face with Conny Loder
27 Apr 2018 MVHS Event: Unlocking the mystery of motivation - Briony Beaven
10 Apr 2018 52nd Annual IATEFL Conference and Exhibition
17 Mar 2018 The Whys & Wherefores of Warmers, followed by the AGM
11 Mar 2018 MELTA in the St. Patrick's Day Parade - NEW INFO
05 Mar 2018 TEFL Day 2018 – Drama in Foreign Language Teaching
27 Jan 2018 Digitalization in the Classroom
19 Jan 2018 KLETT: Enjoy teaching - Enjoy learning - Enjoy English
09 Dec 2017 MELTA Christmas Party
24 Nov 2017 MVHS event: Teaching and Learning Vocabulary in English
18 Nov 2017 MVHS event: LearningApps für Sprachkurse
11 Nov 2017 Andreas Grundtvig: Classroom activities and coaxing language from the environment
10 Nov 2017 The 30th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference
28 Oct 2017 The 3rd English for Healthcare conference
21 Oct 2017 Launch of Handbook for Freelance Language Teachers
13 Oct 2017 MVHS/OUP event: Integrating Technology into the Classroom
23 Sep 2017 MELTA Day
25 Aug 2017 York Associates Cert IBET
22 Jul 2017 MELTA Beergarden Social
22 Jul 2017 Are You Listening?
01 Jul 2017 English Day - The Future of English
30 Jun 2017 Workshops held by CELTA-tutors (Friday)
29 Jun 2017 Workshops held by CELTA-tutors (Thursday)
28 Jun 2017 Workshops held by CELTA-tutors (Wednesday)
27 Jun 2017 Workshops held by CELTA-tutors (Tuesday)
26 Jun 2017 Workshops held by CELTA-tutors (Monday)
24 Jun 2017 Reception for the FTDP Eastern European teachers
24 Jun 2017 Brain-Friendly Learning with Mark Fletcher
23 Jun 2017 MVHS/Klett event: Best practice in a real classroom situation
31 May 2017 Business Spotlight Feedback Meeting
19 May 2017 OUP Workshops with Hughes and McLarty
18 May 2017 Changing perspectives – using animated infographics
05 May 2017 MVHS event: Teachers' Workshop
28 Apr 2017 MVHS event: Teaching the Elderly
03 Apr 2017 IATEFL Glasgow Conference 2017
01 Apr 2017 Mindfulness in the Classroom
31 Mar 2017 MVHS event: Teaching English through English?
30 Mar 2017 Never Give Up oder Eine Frau geht ihren Weg
12 Mar 2017 MELTA in the St. Patrick's Day Parade
12 Mar 2017 Media Literacy in Foreign Language Education: Digital and Multimodal Perspectives
16 Feb 2017 NEWS: Include teachers in the Künstlersozialkasse?
11 Feb 2017 MELTA AGM
11 Feb 2017 Vocabulary - Short on theory, long on practice
10 Feb 2017 MVHS event: Read Your Way to Better English
03 Feb 2017 MVHS event: Make them talk
28 Jan 2017 MVHS event: Beyond lessons
21 Jan 2017 Using Mind Maps in the English Classroom
10 Dec 2016 MELTA Christmas party
02 Dec 2016 MVHS event: Rising to the challenge of multi-lingual classes
19 Nov 2016 A strong start: Global English for A2 Business English learners
04 Nov 2016 The 29th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference
22 Oct 2016 MELTA Show and Tell Workshop ~ Share lesson plans, activities, games, teaching ideas and worksheets
23 Jul 2016 MELTA Annual General Meeting (AGM)
06 May 2016 Innovate ELT Conference 2016, Grassroots: Power to the Teacher
06 May 2016 Postponed! MELTA Show and Tell Workshop ~ Share lesson plans, activities, games, teaching ideas and worksheets
12 Apr 2016 50th IATEFL Annual Conference 2016
09 Apr 2016 How to teach business English: tips and techniques for developing yourself as a BE trainer
08 Apr 2016 24th Annual HUPE Conference
13 Mar 2016 St Patrick's Day Parade
05 Mar 2016 English Language Teaching Seminar Day with Michael Swan and Dr Catherine Walter
03 Mar 2016 LASIG Conference: Fostering learner autonomy - learners, teachers and researchers in action
20 Feb 2016 MaWSIG Conference 2016
06 Feb 2016 Lawyer up: Activities for legal English
06 Feb 2016 Invitation to the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
05 Feb 2016 IH Barcelona ELT Conference
23 Jan 2016 32nd ETAS Annual Conference and AGM 2016 - Zurich
09 Jan 2016 From brief to publication with Dagmar Taylor
12 Dec 2015 MELTA Christmas party
05 Dec 2015 Fourth Edition of The Image Conference in Munich - An exciting and innovative event for ELT professionals
27 Nov 2015 Leistungsmessung beim Textverständnis
14 Nov 2015 2015 BESIG Annual Conference Online Programme
13 Nov 2015 The 28th IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference
07 Nov 2015 Applying the principles of coaching to our teaching with Tanja Murphy-Ilibasic
24 Oct 2015 2nd English for Healthcare conference
17 Oct 2015 Teacher Training Day München - Powered by Hueber Verlag and Macmillan
16 Oct 2015 The Cert IBET is coming to Munich!
10 Oct 2015 MELTA Talkshop
09 Oct 2015 Speak Up!...with Anna Wilby
19 Sep 2015 ACTIVITIES DAY - A day of lesson ideas and activities presented by four of our very own MELTA members
12 Sep 2015 ETAS Professional Development Day 2015
25 Jul 2015 Annual MELTA Beergarden Social
04 Jul 2015 Professional Development Course: Intercultural Competence in English (ICE) Critical Issues
25 Jun 2015 MELTA & MaWSIG Munich Meetup
13 Jun 2015 Workshops with John Hughes and Julie Pratten
16 May 2015 Working and socialising in English: starting with listening…
25 Apr 2015 Delta Modules at the MVHS
25 Apr 2015 MELTA Show and Tell Workshop - Share lesson plans, activities, games, teaching ideas and worksheets
10 Apr 2015 49th Annual International IATEFL Conference and Exhibition
14 Mar 2015 Stand and deliver value — or else!
05 Mar 2015 22nd International IATEFL Slovenia Conference
01 Feb 2015 Building a good lesson with Basis for Business C1 with Anne Hodgson
01 Feb 2015 Invitation to the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
17 Jan 2015 Film English with Kieran Donaghy
13 Dec 2014 MELTA Christmas party
06 Dec 2014 English for Technical Purposes with Claire Hart
22 Nov 2014 The Image Conference 2014:Putting media and images at the centre of the language learning agenda
08 Nov 2014 A practical day of workshops with Lindsay Clandfield
11 Oct 2014 Tips and techniques for teaching English for Specific Purposes
05 Oct 2014 MELTA at the Oktoberfest
04 Oct 2014 Digital literacies with Nicky Hockly
20 Sep 2014 Young Learners' Master Class with Grzegorz Śpiewak
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