Partly because of its origins, English has one of the largest vocabularies of any language in the world. But how did English develop and where did all the words come from? Why is the spelling often so different from the pronunciation? In this workshop we will look at the way English developed as a language: we will look at the Germanic origins of English and the influence of French, as well as the contribution of other languages. We will look at some of the unusual features of English: why there are so many similar words and synonyms and why English spelling seems to be so illogical. Although not directly concerned with teaching itself, this workshop will give you insight into the language you are teaching and it may also help you deal with some of the questions students ask about English!
Teaching learners at the C-levels can be demanding. Progress is not as obvious as with the lower levels, and learners can come up with complicated linguistic questions. In this informal teachers` meeting we will discuss best practice ideas on how to support our learners or find solutions to difficult questions they have asked you in the past. To profit from each other in these conversations, it is necessary that you have experience in teaching at advanced levels. In this second part, we will focus more on some of the questions we have been asked in the past and discuss how we have responded to them. Please bring an example or two with you.
In an ideal world all of our learners will come to their course with exactly the same level of knowledge/abilities. However, we all know that this is not realistic: our learners might have different levels of proficiency for different abilities.The aim of this workshop is to discuss practical strategies and techniques to create a successful learning environment for all students, regardless of their proficiency levels.
In this workshop we will focus on refining activities to mirror real-life situations, giving students more practical language skills. Coursebook tasks can often feel unauthentic but with just a little bit of tweaking even the mundane activities can become more authentic and engaging for learners, elevating your teaching with immersive, relatable exercises by using a simple test to check how highly they rate on the communicative scale.
CELTA, Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, is an internationally recognised initial qualification for English language teaching to adults. This is a semi-intensive course and runs over 5 weeks, Monday to Friday (not on Wednesdays) from 9am to 6pm. It is suitable for candidates who are prepared to put their life on hold for 5 weeks (including weekends) but would benefit from one day midweek to regroup and process what they have learned. For further information please visit www.mvhs.de/celta