I teach essay writing, and have found the following summary to be very helpful in getting students to think about their arguments: Fundamentals for logical analysis 1. Always remember never to say always and never (and all and none, and everyone and nobody). Reasonable thinking should be reflected in reasonable language. All-inclusive statements can rarely […]

I’m looking forward to hearing from you

http://annehodgson.de/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/looking-forward.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadHere’s another chant, this one created on the spot in Paderborn at Benteler (for Akademie für Sekretariat und Büromanagement). Hi ladies 🙂 ! Snap your fingers to anchor the +ing in your memory. I’m looking forward to seeing you I’m looking forward to meeting you I’m looking forward to […]

Up to Speed

Carole Eilertson & Louise Kennedy have just published their lovely EFL coursebook Up to Speed (Cornelsen) for business professionals who want to fine-tune their upper-intermediate English skills. Geared to one-to-one learners (and small groups), their book focusses on day-to-day operations, teamwork, meetings, presentations, networking and project management. What I like about their approach is a […]

How long have you been here?

http://annehodgson.de/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/whatsyourname.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadManagement Circle offered a business communication seminar for management assistants in Frankfurt that I had the privilege to teach. They do a really professional job of organising these events. My students, Astrid, Christine, Elke, Petra, Sladana and Theresia were such a pleasure to be with. Two days are obviously […]

My blog. Your blog?

When I first started this blog I was unsure what approach I should take. I mean, I don’t stand in the middle of town talking to myself. And I keep my private life private. At least I used to think I did. Until I got this message on Skype from a woman in Russia who said, “Anne, do you know that your secret journal is online?” Last week, when I told my brother Adam over a Mass at the Oktoberfest that I had blogged about our mother, he gave me this very strange look. My husband tells me my topics are too complicated. So what am I doing it for? Give me a few minutes of your time, and I’ll explain.


Yeah! We’ve relaunched our website for the English language teachers’ association here in Munich. Ben Davis did it for us. I’ve belonged to this community now for about seven years, and currently have the pleasure of being on the board. MELTA is for freelancers and schoolteachers alike, connecting us in a professional network, with workshops […]

GEZ, GEMA and the art of freelance training

Good news for freelancers: We don’t have to pay extra GEZ for our office computer. Since computers are multimedia devices, GEZ originally wanted to charge the fee levied for the use of radios and TVs on computers. The decision passed down two days ago has stopped that. But wait… Bad news for freelance English teachers: […]