It was really nice to get an email from the English Language Teachers’ Association Berlin-Brandenburg (ELTABB) that I had been chosen as the ELTABBer of the month recently. I’ve talked a little bit about the charity organisation on the blog before and recently did a workshop and wrote an article for the members.
ELTABB has helped me to understand the working context of Berlin and what it means to be a freelancer. It can help you to find jobs in the area, connect with local teachers, attend teacher meet-ups, read articles from members, attend webinars, and get legal advice among other things. If it wasn’t for them, I don’t think my settling into living abroad would have been as smooth. And with that in mind, it was great to give back a little bit to the community recently, and hope to do more in the near future. I’m looking forward to the Christmas Stammtisch!
I haven’t been able to update the blog as much as I would have liked recently because I’ve been doing a couple of things behind the scenes.
I’ve been giving workshops on giving feedback to students and clients here in Berlin with a particular aim of focusing on making the positives more objective and clearer. This proved to be very fruitful for all involved and I was glad to see that the participants got a lot out of it. I also came away with a lot of food for thought, for instance, when reformulating students’ utterances, am I giving them sentences and words that they would actually say in their context? Am I speaking in their voice or my own? Building rapport and understanding my students’ situations and world has a newfound importance for me. It also got me thinking about how I can get the students to utilise the emergent ideas and language more, and how to stretch that further. This is quite exciting for me, and I hope to research these paths over the next few months.
As the weather started to get a bit more unbearable, heat-wise, here in Berlin, it kind of warranted an escape to cooler parts of the city. Signing up to help ELTABB at EXPOLINGUA at the lake was just the ticket I needed.
EXPOLINGUA is an annual trade fair comprised of exhibitors from all sorts of language backgrounds showcasing courses, conducting workshops, and/or informing patrons about recruitment opportunities. Like most events, this event returned to its former glory in person, not done since 2019.