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November 15, 2013


Teaching English in Germany – Top 10 things I learned

Teach English in GermanyOn her return home, Canadian Kristi Fuoco writes for the Vancouver Sun about the 18 months she spent living and teaching English in Germany.

Sometimes I think that my students in Germany taught me more than I taught them. Teaching is a funny thing and demands your all. You can’t have an off day as a teacher. You are always on, and you have to give intense amounts of energy in every moment. It is utterly exhausting and wonderful all at once.

As a language teacher in Hamburg, Germany, some days I felt like I was a complete and utter failure, and that no matter what I did in a certain class I couldn’t get my students engaged. Other days I felt like the entire class was energized and we were all inspired. Every day brings new challenges, new people and a whole lot of learning on both sides. So, in no particular order here are the top 10 things things I learned from my 18 months as a Business English Teacher in Hamburg, Germany, and incidentally, many of them can really be applied to life in general too.

1. You will learn more from teaching English to foreigners about their own language, than from any language class you will ever take.
This one really surprised me the most. When I first started teaching English in Germany my level of German was very basic, but each day, as students asked me what a word was in English, and I was forced to look them up or figure it out, I learned an endless amount of new vocabulary. My students always asked me how they could learn new vocab and really, the best way they could do it is to teach German to English speakers! You also learn so much about the structure of a foreign language by the mistakes that your students make in English. I can’t count how many times I made mental notes as my students placed verbs or other words in strange orders, and I realized, “oh, so that’s how you must say that in German.” It’s seriously the best kept secret to being an English as a foreign language teacher.

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May 27, 2013

Events | Germany

Register for 4th ESP Conference in Germany

Teaching-English-in-France"Online registration is now open for the 4th English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Conference at the Hochschule (University of Applied Sciences) in Ulm, Germany on 4th/5th October 2013.

The expansion of scientific, technical and economic activity on an international scale has created an increasing demand for learning English not for pleasure but because the language is the key to technology and commerce. The demand for English courses tailored to specific needs is rapidly growing not only in areas such as law, medicine, and finance but also aviation, the automobile & automotive industry, military & peacekeeping and many more.

In order to help English language trainers keep up-to-date with the latest developments and trends in ESP including students’ and companies’ specific needs, the next ESP Conference will be held at the Institut für Fremdsprachen und Management, Hochschule Ulm on Saturday 5th October 2013. The plenary speech will be by Ian Badger, "Business Critical ESP Training."

Early bird registration fee rates apply until 30 June.

The pre-conference seminar on teaching technical English on Friday, 4th October is being sponsored by the International Association of Technical English Trainers (IATET). The seminar is free for IATET members.

Find out more about the event or register here.

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