Friday, December 21, 2018

4 Fun Websites to Practice your English With

The holidays are upon us and everyone's taking time away from work and school to spend time relaxing. But it's good to keep working on your English skills outside of the classroom so you don't lose your skills. There are a lot of websites available that will go into the details of grammar or vocabulary, but they can be hard to engage with if they provide no interactivity. These are some of our favorite websites for continuous learning, either through their methods or through their design.

Soon, we will be launching our own FREE pronunciation app, where you can work on your English skills whenever you're not in class with your BEA Trainer. Be sure to follow our blog and social media (all linked in the side bar) to keep up with our latest news! is a website that has a funny or clever comic and then a small section underneath that explains the vocabulary used and the context of the joke. Some of the comics even have a small quiz underneath. It's great for learning about those small things that someone who doesn't have fluency may not catch!

Learn Parrot This website from Learn Parrot offers a massive grammar section and an enormous section devoted to topic-based English such as emailing, telephoning, meetings, travelling etc. All of this is absolutely free. Just create your own free password to access the content. You'll need a lot of time!

ManyThings.Org gives students a chance to practice reading, listening, and sentence composition in an interactive way. This is not a site to learn English on its own, but it provides great practice. uses videos as a learning format, since the website ties into a public television show aimed at English learners in the United States. The website has videos that come with resources as well as single lessons on English composition, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Do you know of other interesting websites to practice English with? Let us know in the comments! And remember, websites are great to practice with, but real fluency is achieved through working with a teacher and hard work.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

5 Reasons for Employee Language Lessons

Being multi-lingual has been shown to be beneficial for people in the workplace, but how can it help the business itself? Many companies are now considering paying for their employees' foreign language courses. But how can the company know that it's a worthwhile investment? When debating on whether or not to spend the money on a language course for employees, keep these things in mind.

1. Employee satisfaction and employee retention. If foreign language courses is something that employees have requested, it would be a good idea to seriously consider their thoughts on the subject. Employees who feel listened to at work, and who feel like their employees are appreciative of their efforts are more likely stick around. Learning a new language also gives employees a sense of achievement and value. Employee retention saves companies money. In the long run, the language course could end up paying for itself instead of paying for the cost of recruiting and training new staff.

2. Increased creativity amongst employees. Creativity is necessary in every industry. Whenever employees are able to speak and think in multiple languages, something happens in the brain to spark and help in problem solving skills. Any company who wants its employees to be able to "think outside of the box" and come up with ideal solutions should invest in their employees' language skills.

3. The ability to work internationally.  Why limit your company to a national scale? Companies who go international will have a working language (normally English), which allows them to conduct business all over the globe. These large companies recognize the wide-scale impact that English has on their company and their ability to do business.

4. It helps employees performance in their native language. Learning a foreign language requires learning not just vocabulary but grammar rules and structures as well. When learning the foreign language, knowledge of the native language is strengthened by needing to re-learn some of the language's rules. This is because learners relate what they are learning to their own language which they already know. By studying one language, they inadvertently study their own as well!

5. It keeps employee minds healthy. Whenever a company wants to invest in their employees, many do the usual health plan or benefits package. But the opportunity for employee development is sometimes skipped over. However, employee health and employee development can merge when it comes to language lessons. People who learn a second language do not develop illnesses like dementia and Alzheimer's at the same rate as monolingual people. By investing in language courses for employees, you not only help your company, but you can help your employees future health as well.

Has this list convinced you? Contact Business English Academy to learn about the different languages our teachers can help your employees learn! Click the photo below for our contact details. We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, December 17, 2018

FAQs of Teaching English in Germany

We get a lot of inquiries from people wanting to teach English in Germany. Here's a helpful complilation of some of the most common questions we've had from prospective teachers. We'll update this page periodically if needed. Of course, you're always welcome to reach out to us via our website contact form if there's anything else we can answer for you!

  • First off, how do I start teaching in Germany?
    • Many English teachers in Germany (including those at Business English Academy) are freelancers, meaning they're basically independent contractors who work with their language schools to find classes to teach. If you're from outside of Germany or the EU, you'll need a visa to legally live and work in Germany. Some people are in Germany on family visas, but many freelancers apply for Germany's Freiberufler (Freelancer) visa. This allows the holder of the visa to work as a freelancer in Germany under a few conditions. To get this visa as an English teacher, you'll need certification as a teacher. It also helps to have some experience under your belt.
    • Once you're in Germany, everything can move pretty quickly. There's basic things, like finding a place to live and registering your residence. But there's also a few other things that some people forget about:
    • Everyone (including EU nationals) need a Tax ID number (Steuernummer). This is needed to (obviously) use for tax purposes and to use if you register yourself a small company.
    • You can find some more information on our website.
    • Then, start contacting companies and language schools!
  • What's it like teaching in Germany?
    • With our school, teachers travel to companies and teach courses "in-house". So, no classrooms. But some language schools will have a more traditional set-up. Whenever you're teaching a course with us, German culture often places importance on professionalism in the workplace. Teachers are held to the same standard, and expected to be on time, be professionally dressed, and behave in a professional manner.
  • Do I need a degree to teach in Germany?
    • Not necessarily, but it's definitely preferred. What you will need is some sort of certification to teach English, be it CELTA, TEFL, TESOL, etc.
  • Do I have to be a native English speaker?
    • Again, not necessarily. Some schools require it, however we at Business English Academy recognize that people who learn English as a foreign language can gain fluency and be great teachers. We like to speak with our teachers first, and get to know you!
  • Should I learn German?
    • If you want to be able to live in Germany comfortably, knowing some German can go a long way. Plus, you have the added benefit of learning a new language!