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ELTAF DOUBLE Workshop: Many voices, one meaning - the case for translation, codeswitching and borrowing AND A brave new world - slang in assessment

10:00-12:00 / 14:00-16:00

Location: International School of Management (Room 405), Mörfelder Landstraße 55, 60598 Frankfurt am Main

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Presenter: Andreas Grundtvig


Workshop 1: Many voices, one meaning - the case for translation, codeswitching and borrowing 10:00-12:00

Try as we might, we cannot stop our learners from immediately translating, perhaps with a burning urge to reach for the app or comparing the language we teach, to what is already familiar in their L1. But why should we? This workshop takes a alternative look at the role of our learners' first language in the intake of a second or other, argues how this can aid rather than hinder learning, help us to identify difficulties and ultimately test their proficiency. 


Lunch break from 12:00 to 14:00 (lunch not included in fee)

Workshop 2: A brave new world - slang in assessment 14:00-16:00

The dominance of English on the internet has shown than new vocabulary and conventions can appear literally overnight (covfefe). As a consequence we, as educators, might feel cornered in a need to explain, that while being abundant and 'cool', the language our students are increasingly exposed to is not always the most appropriate - at least, not yet! We’ll look at the latest developments in language, contemplate what’s acceptable and hear what the big people at well known assessment boards have to say.


Biographical information:
Besides being employed full time as teacher at the Berufliche Schule für Medien und Komminikation, in Hamburg, where he also runs the Cambridge Examinations Centre, Andreas is a teacher trainer, author and founder of Teachers 4 Schools. In his freetime he travels extensively, recording the language of the environment.


Cost for ELTAF members: EUR 5; non-members: EUR 10 (PER WORKSHOP!!!)

This includes a coffee break, but not lunch.
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.