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Anne Hodgson 2013

Welcome to my blog, a record of my professional journey as an English communication skills trainer and translator in Germany.

Born in Washington DC in 1961, I grew up bilingual on Capitol Hill and came to Germany to study in Konstanz in 1981. Further stops along the way were Berlin, Dresden, Singen and Siegen. After ten years in Munich, I started afresh in Berlin-Brandenburg in late 2010.

I’ve been teaching English for business and academic purposes since 1998. Current company courses include Fritz-Haber-Institut, Max Planck Gesellschaft and Lee Hecht Harrison. Former clients have been Ludwig Maximilian Universität and ClimateDesign, the Department of Building Climatology at the Technische Universität, as well as companies like Odgers Berndtson, BMW and Archon Group. I teach currently teach postgraduate students at Potsdam Research Cluster for Georisk Analysis, Environmental Change and Sustainability (PROGRESS) and international students pursuing a Masters of Public Management degree. I run compact seminars for Management Circle and Akademie für Sekretariat und Büromanagment.


Basis for Business Coursebook C1, Cornelsen, February 2014.
Extra Practice contributed by Carole Eilertson, edited by Janan Barksdale.
The Cornelsen book page contains useful downloads for teachers and learners.

The series has won a BELMA, the Best European Learning Materials Awards, for learning materials for learners from age 12, including adults in vocational schools and other institutions. This is what the jury said about Basis for Business:

The intercultural approach that takes into consideration global business contexts is very strong: it exposes students to different native and non-native English speech patterns and the material highlights cross-cultural differences and intercultural issues like directness/politeness or negotiating practices.

Transferability from classroom to real-life is particularly well treated. The material presents relevant, real-life and up-to-date business contexts and it encourages students to bring their own work situation and experiences into the lessen.

Seminars for Management Circle:
International Competences and Communication Skills
2 day intensive training for PAs, team assistants, office workers and PR staff.

  • Communicating effectively and appropriately: Avoiding misunderstandings an setting the tone right
  • Supporting international teams: Getting things done, delegating work, keeping people on track, achieving results
  • Intercultural competence in a global office: Understanding country specifics to build relation- ships with colleagues in different cultures
  • Guest management and visitors: Welcoming an international delegation and representing your company
  • Meetings and conferences: Taking minutes, drafting proposals, reports and presentations – useful wording and sentences
  • Interview skills in English: Clarifying objectives, agreeing on goals and winning acceptance
  • Conflict management in international teams: Handling difficult conversations and incidents, resolving conflicts in virtual teams

2. Office Communication for Assistants
2 day intensive training for PAs and team assistants, module within a certificate program.

Contact: Kristin Schiele, Senior Project Manager, Tel.: 06196/4722-609, email:
INHOUSE Seminars: Management Circle AG, Stefanie Bruch, Tel.: 06196/4722-739 email:

Other areas of expertise

I have a wide range of experience in using technologies for teaching. I’m a translator for clients such as IHK München (sample), Odgers Berndtson (sample) and Abwasserverband Starnberger See (sample). From 2008 to 2010 I wrote language exercises at Spotlight Online, where I supported the online relaunch.

After my M.A. in History and Political Science, I worked as a museum exhibition coordinator. I am currently completing my DipTESOL from Trinity College London, through Oxford House in Barcelona, and my training has included LCCI CertTEB (Certificate in Teaching English for Business). I’m a member of IATEFL BESIG, organize events for ELTABB, and have been a board member at MELTA.

When I’m not doing anything work-related or busy with our old house, you’ll find me sailing, reading, making music, cooking, or just plain outdoors.


Imprint Anne Hodgson English Business Communication, Röntgenstraße 12, 10587 Berlin, phone 0179/ 46 86 249, email: anne (dot) hodgson (at), Contact

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Disclosure policy This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me for my own purposes. It does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid insertions. I am not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely mine. I only endorse products or services that I believe, based on my experience, to be worthy of such endorsement. This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest with the work I do as a freelance English teacher, translator and writer.