ELTAF's Books and Games Day


Location: International School of Management, Mörfelder Landstraße 55, 60598 Frankfurt am Main

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ELTAF's Books and Games Day

We would like to invite you to ELTAF’s first Books and Games Day. National Geographic Learning, Klett, Cornelsen, European Language Competence and telc have partnered with ELTAF to bring you this day of activities and presentations, all centered around their learning materials. Timothy Phillips of NGL and Adrian Doff of Klett will be sharing their wisdom with us – see their workshop descriptions below! telc will illustrate the link between the CEFR and the online activities of the English Practice Material series and also introduce attendees to the BizQuiz Activity. 


ELTAF will also have a Games Room set up where you can try out ELT games for the classroom, including Absolutely English, Upwords, and Taboo. Please bring your favourite games to share with other members too.


There will be a finger food lunch in ISM’s sunny cafeteria, as well as coffee and other beverages, cakes and fruit. Lounge on the sofas and catch up with your ELTAF colleagues!


Registration will be for the entire day, including lunch and coffee breaks, and you can decide which activities you wish to attend. There is no need to register for the individual workshops.

Using TED Talks and Authentic Video in the ELT Classroom

10:00 and 14:00 (offered twice, in the morning and afternoon)

Tim Phillips (NGL/Cengage)


Tim Phillips, ELT Sales Executive at National Geographic Learning, will demonstrate a number of creative approaches in using TED Talks effectively in English language teaching. Using the authentic TED Talk videos as his basis, Tim will be running a series of practical activities in the following areas:

  • using TED Talks for more than discussions
  • exploiting the use of language in a TED video in a structured way
  • developing a range of language skills beyond speaking and presenting
  • introducing inspiring and structured project work - for students and younger staff in companies
  • applying our TED Talk experience to more general, creative use of authentic video in the ELT classroom.


During this workshop Tim will be referring to a number of publications by National Geographic Learning, including the new Keynote series. There will be a display of NGL learning resources.


Tim Phillips has been working in the ELT sector in Germany for over 25 years. Initially he taught at the European Business School, at the VHS Wiesbaden and at a range of companies in the Rhine-Main region before spending a number of years with Deutsche Bank, co-developing highly specific training programs for their German and European staff.


Tim co-wrote and designed one of the first Business English e-learning programs. He then gained a wealth of business experience by working for a large American consultancy before moving onto a German start-up internet agency as an Account Director.


In 2002 Tim set up his own consultancy in the area of language training in companies, supporting HRD departments in implementing effective, tailor-made language training for their staff. This included the development of an extensive teacher-training program for freelance teachers working in companies.


Tim recently joined National Geographic Learning as their ELT Sales Executive responsible for Germany & Austria.



More than Just Speaking: Developing Speaking Skills

Adrian Doff (Klett)


Freer activities in class give learners a chance to practise speaking and may gradually improve their fluency. But how can we do more than just give opportunities for speaking and actively develop learners’ speaking skills? This seminar will explore this question and suggest some possible solutions. Examples will be taken from our new adult course Cambridge English Empower. We will also explore some of the key ideas underlying the course. These include using a graded language syllabus based on the English Vocabulary Profile, developing speaking and writing skills, and ways to engage the learner as well as an integrated assessment system which allows the teacher to track learners' progress.


Adrian Doff has taught English and trained teachers in Finland, Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Egypt, Germany and the UK. He has written many books for Cambridge University Press, including the course books Meanings into Words and Language in Use, the teacher training book Teach English, the listening skills books in the Cambridge Skills for Fluency series, and the self-study reference series Language Links. He is the course consultant for the Cambridge adult course English Unlimited and author of the Starter and Advanced levels. He is also one of the main authors of Cambridge English Empower. He is currently living in Munich and working as a free-lance writer and teacher trainer.



Simply Business – For Everyday Business Communication

Stephen Bailey (Cornelsen)


The new Simply Business series from Cornelsen employs modern ways of teaching and presents learners with functional language in addition to interesting tasks that reflect global trends. Each unit contains authentic examples of emails, telephone calls, and workplace interaction. Perfectly suited towards learners who undertake daily business tasks, Simply Business will provide your students with the necessary tools they need to really improve their language skills. This workshop will explore the modern methods utilized by the book and provide useful tips for effective application.


Stephen Bailey is a very active teacher, teacher trainer, and workshop presenter for vocational, technical, and business trainers. He holds a degree in Education (Applied Linguistics) of Oxford University and has been teaching all ages and CEF levels in and around Mannheim for 17 years. His major teaching interest is how to set up a lively and communicative teaching environment while getting the most out of current course book materials.


Lunch break

14:00 - 15:00

Workshop 1 - BizQuiz Activity

Suzanne Vetter-M'Caw (telc)


People love a Pub Quiz, so why not use this tool to give your students a fun opportunity to repeat things they should now know and give them an opportunity for positive reinforcement. We'll look at how to vary this activity to suit the time available and the needs of the group, try out some sample questions and also create some new questions. Participants will also get a pack of telc's BizQuiz Cards.


Suzanne Vetter-M’Caw lives near Limburg. After working for an international company for many years she became a freelance English trainer in 2004. Apart from teaching Business English in companies and General English in her private training room, Suzanne has been working as a telc test author since 2008 and has participated in many telc test development projects.


15.30 - 15.30

Coffee break

15:30 - 16:45

Workshop 2 - Bridging the Gap between Classroom and Online Learning

Laura Edwards (telc)


This workshop looks at ways in which the Common European Framework of Reference can be used to link online content to the classroom, by creating productive tasks that focus on communication and real world application.


Using example modules from telc’s English Practice Material Online, free online courses aimed at A2-B1 and B1-B2 students, we will use the CEFR to delve deeper into the topic, and give suggestions for how you could do this with other material you find. You’ll familiarise yourself with the CEFR descriptors and most importantly, learn to create interactive communicative tasks, without having to spend hours wondering where to start.


Laura Edwards is an ELT trainer and materials writer who’s worked in Ireland, the USA, Spain and Germany. Since 2010, the CEFR has been a constant feature of her life, in examiner training, test development and materials writing. Currently completely an MA in Technology, Education and Learning, she’s an avid user of digital tools in the classroom.


Introducing the Blended Learning Course INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE IN ENGLISH (ICE)

time: 10:00 and 14:00 (offered twice, in the morning and afternoon)
Judith Mader / Rudi Camerer (elc)

English is the language number one of international and intercultural communication.  Speaking and writing English in London or New York, however, is different to using it in Cairo, Tokyo or São Paulo. In other words: Anglo-American conventions of politeness and relationship-building are considered inappropriate or even unacceptable in many parts of the world. What learners need to acquire, today, are communication skills in International English which enable them to establish trustful relationships in a variety of intercultural situations. This is where English language training and intercultural training connect – providing new challenges and equally new opportunities for English trainers today.

The ICE Blended Learning Course provides teachers and learners with an up-to-date pedagogical concept. The course combines self-study modules of 20 to 35 minutes each with classroom / face-to-face training. For this purpose, trainer material including additional background information, suggestions for methodology, extra activities and answer-keys for practical classroom teaching are provided. All of these connect directly with the self-study modules mentioned before.

We will introduce you to the methods and materials of the Blended Learning course and provide free handouts and access to a sample unit incl. free downloads for your own teaching.

Judith Mader: Head of languages at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. Author of a great number of course books and articles and, together with Rudi Camerer, of Intercultural Competence in Business English (2012).

Rudi Camerer directs elc-European Language Competence, Frankfurt/M. & Saarbrücken. Author of several articles on intercultural communication in ELF. Co-authored with J.Mader Intercultural Competence in Business English (2012).

Cost for ELTAF members: EUR 20; non-members: EUR 25

Please register by sending a separate email to:  and wait for confirmation before paying the workshop fee to the ELTAF account:

Postbank Frankfurt

Account no. 756 47 600

Bank code: 500 100 60.

IBAN DE90 5001 0060 0075  6476 00


State your name and the title of the workshop in the reference line. Your registration is only complete when you have transferred the workshop fee.