ELTAF Workshop: Teaching Freelance in Germany: A survival guide to working conditions and contracts


Location: International School of Management (Room 214, but subject to change!), Mörfelder Landstraße 55, 60598 Frankfurt am Main

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Patrick Mustu: A survival guide to working conditions and contracts

It is important to concern ourselves with methodology, course design and materials development, and we often do. However, when you listen carefully to what teachers are worried about, you will discover that working conditions are a hot topic, too. While many events focus on the “content” side of teaching, this workshop will address teachers’ worries beyond the classroom:

  • What about teaching requirements and working conditions?
  • How does our service translate into money, and how much do (and should) we earn?
  • Do we need fee agreements, and do we have to put up with non-competition and penalty clauses?


We will:

  • Look at the German teaching environment, its features and peculiarities.
  • Discuss pay rates.
  • Look at fee agreements used for freelance teachers and identify tricky provisions.
  • Listen to what teachers (including yourself if you like) say about their working conditions.


This will be a hands-on, no-theory workshop. Every example, every quote and every document presented will be authentic. I will draw on the accounts of many teachers, including ELT members, who have shared their experience, problems and documents. I will also provide hard reliable data on pay rates in adult education, based on extensive research and empirical data provided by the German government and other institutions.


You are, of course, welcome to share your own experience. .

Biographical information:
Patrick Mustu is a lawyer, language trainer and translator based in Düsseldorf. Having taught at 20 language schools and four universities, he is familiar with the entire range of tertiary education in Germany, ranging from government- funded courses for the unemployed to in-company training, from university students to the premium segment of managers’ seminars. He is a frequent conference speaker with special expertise in quality management and ESP. In 2008, he was appointed an independent expert by Stiftung Warentest to sit on their advisory board for the English language course survey they conducted. Today, he focuses on providing language training to law and accounting firms. Patrick writes for Germany’s leading magazine for paralegals and covers ESP topics in Business Spotlight. He is a former EULETA (European Legal English Teachers’ Association) board member, and the author of “English for Tax Professionals” (Cornelsen).

Cost for ELTAF members: EUR 5; non-members: EUR 10 (includes coffee break).
Please register by sending a separate email to: events@eltaf.de 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.