English Language Teachers Association Stuttgart (ELTAS)
was founded in 1989 as a professional association based in Stuttgart, Germany, with the aim of providing a forum for the professional development of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.
Since its inception, ELTAS has grown into a recognised body registered under German law as a nonprofit-making charitable association (gemeinnütziger e.V.).
To support the teaching of English as a foreign language, ELTAS promotes:
ELTAS is run entirely by volunteers who give their time to organise activities for and to provide information, advice and support to ELTAS members. ELTAS regularly holds workshops, lectures and other events of interest to the teaching profession.
The majority of our members live and work in the Baden-Württemberg area of Germany. ELTAS cooperates closely with other regional ELT organisations in Germany and is an Associate Member of IATEFL, International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.
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June 15th, 2013
ELTAS Event REVIEW by Matthew Shimohara
Teacher Development from the Inside Out
with Duncan Foord
In this innovative workshop we looked at different techniques and strategies to reflect on our teaching practice, and ways this can then be applied to our professional development. At the start of the workshop, we had a chance to explore ‘what colour teacher we are’, identifying our personality type and reflecting on how this affects our students and colleagues. Duncan asked us to identify whether we were left brain blue (logical / rational), left brain green (organised and planned), right brain yellow (creative / big picture), or right brain red (emotional with interpersonal feelings). After some colour sticker fun – we got to mix with other teacher types and really focus on how and why we respond to different teaching situations the way we do.
April 15th, 2013
ELTAS Event REVIEW by Daphne Klimmek
NLP In Practice
with Marjorie Rosenberg
Marjorie’s well attended workshop was, as always, stimulating and
packed with activities that apply theory to practice.
First we learnt that in the early 1970’s John Grinder (assistant professor of linguistics) and Richard Bandler (a psychology student and computer programmer), intrigued by communication processes and the meanings of words, developed Neuro Linguistic Programming as a new form of psychotherapy, based on the assumptions that all human behaviour arises from neurological processes, that we use language to express our feelings and thoughts, and that we choose to programme or organise our ideas and actions in a particular way to produce results.
Thanks to Peter Johansen (on the left) of smart talking Sprachinstitut for taking photos throughout the day.
March 23rd, 2013
ELTAS Event Review by Rachel Katzschmann
Teaching Young Learners
with Harry Kuchah
Harry's workshop started with his story-telling approach about his
professional life and teaching experiences in Cameroon, where he
has worked in different capacities for many years. It was rather
daunting to contemplate the teaching experiences he described and
showed us via some video footage during this one day workshop.
Cameroon classrooms are usually filled with more than 200, YES 200
learners! Not only that, there is also a multiplicity of language backgrounds, an absence of educational book material and classroom facilities are a mere blackboard, limited space and seating! Incredibly, though what stood out from this workshop for me personally was that despite the challenges, Harry as a Cameroonian teacher, was very able to create a positive working context together with his learners.
This workshop reinforced the fundamentals of teaching young learners:
- it needs to be a collaborative and mutually constructed experience between learner and teacher (Nunan, 1994)
- learners have a variety of talents that need to be considered, and
- it is vital to support learner autonomy. Additionally I was inspired by Harry's comment on how he approaches challenges, '' Make the challenges less important than they should and they'll leave you!'' Now that is something we could all do with learning, don't you agree!
February 9th, 2013
ELTAS Event Review by Angeline Fischer
Grundtvig grants – money for nothing and your training for free!
with Jennie Wright (Target Training)
In her seminar Jennie introduced us to Grundwig and gave us practical tips for the application process and options for online learning. She began with warm up exercise in pairs, giving us the answers to the most relevant questions when applying for Grundwig grants. It quickly became obvious to workshop participants that Jennie is passionate about professional development. Not only did she share her knowledge as a long time teaching and professional of almost 17 years, she also put this into context through her own qualifications and continuous development.
Jennie encouraged to teachers to take advantage of what is on offer and to investigate professional development options to find the right training. Both enthusiastic and upbeat, she offered us the nuts and bolts of accessing the Grundwig database to prepare adequately and know what to expect. By getting funding through Grundwig, teachers can benefit from a fully funded training course abroad. She also provided tips for English speakers on how to fill out application forms.
For those unable to travel, Jennie also offered her personal recommendations on how to keep up with new methods and developments in the industry. Links and sources to various educational platforms offering online courses, materials, videos, worksheets and tips on access to these were given. Participants left the workshop feeling inspired to take control of their own personal development and to make room for their learning needs in 2013 and beyond.
In summary, Jennie advises teachers to:
January 19th, 2013
The cost for using a Tax Advisor is about 80€ and above per hour.
Once the rate is finalized and agreed upon, with the assistance of your Tax Advisor, you should compile a “to-do-list”, for your next appointment. Your “to-do-list” should include among other things the profitability of your business.
The next step is determining what form your business will take. From his experience, Oliver points out that 90% of freelancers opt to operate as sole traders. As the term implies, sole trader means a one person business where all decisions and obligations regarding taxes will be the responsibility of the freelancer. Another option as suggested by (Gesellschaft bürgerlichen Rechts) is a partnership. A partnership by definition has a minimum of two owners.
On your behalf, your Tax Advisor will make contact with the Tax Department in order to obtain an assigned tax number. This should take about a month and the Tax Department will forward to you a form known as a ‘Betriebseröffnungsbogen’. This form, which your Tax Advisor will complete with you, requires you to make an estimation of your earnings for the year. Your precise taxes will be calculated at the end of the year by your Tax Advisor and verified by the Tax Department upon submission.
Writing correct invoices is critical to a freelancer and at your next appointment your Tax Advisor will give you clear guidelines on how to write invoices, tips on organizing your receipts, bank statements and information on sales tax. A 19% sales tax is required by law and as such, understanding the sale tax is important. If a freelancer’s earnings per year does not exceed 17, 500€, then his/her invoice is to be written without including the 19% sales tax. Care must therefore be taken to write invoices correctly.
January 19th, 2013
Evan Frendo Workshop
Cloze encounters of the _________ kind.
Authentic, coursebook, corpora, specialist, pig; which words come up most frequently in an Evan Frendo workshop?
On Saturday 19th January, with thanks to Pearson, we had two.
In the first session, experienced writer and teacher Evan Frendo spoke about the difficulties of writing coursebooks for specialist courses. Which words should be included? What functions are useful for the widest range of learners in that industry? And what do/can you do with intercultural issues, like the fact that an important piece of oil drilling material happens to have the same name as a pink animal which shouldn't be mentioned in a big ELT market?
This workshop made us very aware how ELT professionals are expected to be experts in both ELT practice and pretty much every other industry there is. We exchanged tips for dealing with this, and fortified by lunch, moved on to how to deal with this for when there isn't appropriate material on the market.
This led us on to the exciting world of corpora; large collections of the way English is used in different industries. Armed with these, or the small mountain of industry- specific documents our students had provided us with, Evan demonstrated a number of online tools for analysing and exploiting these. Our students get the vocabulary they need in a variety of exercises, the trainer can go into class without having been beaten down by the preparation.
Wonderful, excellent, worth it, practical. Words which often came up at the end of a long yet informative day. ■
© Angeline Fischer
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ELTAS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Saturday, January 18th 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Euro Akademie Stuttgart, Königstraße 49, 70173 Stuttgart
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