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A New Language Teaching Method on the Occasion of the European Day of Languages

Posted by asecoli - September 26, 2011

September 26 is the European Day of Languages. It aims at celebrating the multilingualism of Europe, thus encouraging the multilingualism of Europeans. As the creator of Basic Global English, I would like to take the opportunity to remind readers that BGE is not a concept—in contrast to what some believe—that is conceived as making other languages dispensable. Just on the contrary, BGE is an element in my concept of global triglossia: Everyone should be competent in his mother tongue, Global English (successful global communication being the model), and at least one more language (a native variety of that language being the model). As a matter of fact, I have also said that it could be Europeans’ goal to be competent in even more languages. Since I could prove BGE to be an effective way to reach competence in global communication up to an intermediate level, I have tried to focus more on improving teaching other languages.

Based on my previous experiences in teaching and learning language I am suggesting a new language teaching method for beginners here, which I would like to call “language workout method”. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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New BGE Article

Posted by asecoli - Juni 8, 2011

A new article on BGE, by Sandra Stenzenberger and myself, has now been published in the Journal for EuroLinguistiX. The article deals with teaching pronunciation, vocabulary and communication skills and tests different skills with respect to the Common European Framework of Reference.

Joachim Grzega

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BGE at Eichstätt’s dm market

Posted by asecoli - Januar 15, 2011

The German dm company, together with UNESCO, has called on its customers to hand in projects that promote the idea of sustainability. We handed in a description of Basic Global English and were selected for the second phase of this contest, which consists of presenting the project at the local dm-market. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Handbook of Eurolinguistics published!

Posted by asecoli - August 26, 2010

Uwe Hinrichs‘ encyclopedic Handbuch der Eurolinguistik has now been published. It also includes two articles by myself: one on Global English (including BGE), the other on communicative strategies in European languages.

Joachim Grzega

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BGE Course in Memmingen, Day 2+3

Posted by asecoli - Januar 27, 2010

Day 2 and 3 of the adult BGE course at a company in Memmingen went very well (2x 90 min. per day). The group was very heterogeneous on Day 1, but the distance between the better participants and the weaker ones could already be diminished. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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BGE for self-teaching and for adult learner groups

Posted by asecoli - Oktober 23, 2009

The next milestone of the BGE project is reached: Both the German accompanying material for the self-teaching book Welcome to the World! and the German adult-group handbook Welcome, Global Players! are now among ASEcoLi’s products. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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German college teacher association (bpv) interested in BGE

Posted by asecoli - August 8, 2009

Two days ago the chairman of the bpv, the Bayerischer Philologenverband (Association of College Teachers in Bavaria) and two of his colleagues came to see me in my office to discuss Basic Global English. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Stumbling in my adults’ BGE Lesson #5

Posted by asecoli - Juli 7, 2009

While Lessons #3 and #4 at the Akademie Schönbühl went well, the plan for #5 led to an unplanned and highly emotional evaluation-discussion. After I had the participants write a fax (like a written test, which most of them managed quite well), I had the usual preparatory section. Already during that phase, two groups complained that the topics were too demanding: the group that had to present “how to talk about things in the past” (i.e. simple past) and the group that had to present “how to contrast things” (i.e. comparative). Then there was first a revision and then a vocabulary group (I used the vocabulary exercise also to revise old vocabulary). Then, during the “past tense” group’s turn, people seemed so stressed that I broke up the lesson and started a discussion/evaluation.

It was strange that all of sudden people did not remember words that we have had in every single lesson. They claimed that there were so many unknown words and so few revision exercises (while I, in contrast, had noted that they didn’t even fully use the revision offers in class properly). Back home, I first had to correct the diagnosis. What I could draw from their impressions and feelings is, that it must indeed be stressful for the presenters to pay simultaneous attention to (1) the language, (2) the voice/presentation style, and (3) the contents, and that it must indeed be stressful for the listeners (1) to decode the words and (2) to process the contents. Therefore, I have decided to provide the worksheets for the experts with a German translation in small print and, for the rest of the learners, to intersperse complex contents with more explanations in the learners’ mother tongue. Also, most of the participants seem to have forgotten how to learn, so I will probably have to repeat my teaching advice more frequently.

Let’s see how it will work tonight.

Joachim Grzega

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Test Lessons BGE for Self-Study

Posted by asecoli - Februar 17, 2009

Today I completed two test versions “BGE for self-study”!!! Version 1 consists of an international main book in English + audio files and an accompanying book in German. Version 2 consists of a book especially for German learners.

These materials are now sent to various test persons, who should work with them and give me feedback by March 31.

Joachim Grzega

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Using the mothertongue in foreign language teaching

Posted by asecoli - Oktober 17, 2008

Peter McKenzie-Brown has written an article on Wolfgang Butzkamm’s concept of functional monolingualism in the classroom here.

Joachim Grzega

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