Bonn is a great choice for this event; it is a city with over 2000 years of history and a number of interesting attractions. The former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn is both a charming old city in the romantic Rhine Valley, and also a forward looking modern city which is home to the United Nations and world-class companies such as Deutsche Post World Net and German Telekom. The conference venue is the Sankt Augustin campus of the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, located about 20 minutes from Bonn by tram. The university was founded in 1995 and is a young, dynamic university with modern, state-of-the-art facilities. The building itself is spacious and is regarded as a particularly energy-saving and environmentally-friendly construction. Sankt Augustin campus promises to be an excellent venue for the 27th Annual IATEFL BESIG Conference, the most important global event for business English trainers.
We look forward to seeing you in Bonn!
Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg/ Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
Sankt Augustin Campus
53757 Sankt Augustin
You can download this map and instructions to find out how to reach the conference venue using public transport from either the Bonn or Siegborg train stations or from Cologne/ Bonn airport.
Plenary Speaker - Jeanne McCarten
| ||Jeanne has been involved in ELT in a variety of roles for almost 35 years. As a teacher, she taught general and business English, including in a leading car manufacturer in Sweden and business English at a tertiary level in a business school in France. As a publisher, she worked on business English listening materials before specialising in grammar and vocabulary. She was also closely involved in the development of the spoken English sections of the Cambridge International Corpus. Currently a freelance ELT writer, her main interests lie in applying insights from corpus research to language teaching, about which she has published several academic papers. She is co-author of the corpus-informed materials Touchstone, Viewpoint and Grammar for Business, published by Cambridge University Press. |
You can find out more about what Jeanne McCarten will be talking about in her plenary session in the abstract below:
ARE YOU TALKING
The importance of
lexical chunks is widely recognised and corpora enable us to investigate their
frequency and use in different genres and contexts. In this talk,
we look at chunks of varying length and type in a spoken business corpus
which includes planning and problem-solving meetings, buying and
selling, negotiating, etc., and consider how they are different from
chunks in written business language. We discuss some of the functions these
chunks enable speakers to perform and what chunks can tell us about the
grammar of spoken business English. Finally, we will address implications for
the teaching of business English.
To find out more about the sessions and speakers at the conference, download the sessions overview and full schedule below:
Early-bird booking begins: 1 July 2014
Normal booking: 2 September – 24 October 2014
Online booking is now closed, but you can still register onsite.
Registration opens at 15:00 on Friday, 14th November or at 8:00 on Saturday, 15th November. Please note that onsite payment can only be made in cash (pound or euro).
140 GBP or 180 euro (IATEFL members)
170 GBP or 215 euro (non-IATEFL members)
13 GBP or 16 euro for evening reception (Friday at 18:30)
We have negotiated a special discount for six hotels in Bonn. To take advantage of this offer, please book directly with the hotel via email, fax or, if possible, directly through the hotel's website.
Click here for the booking code you need to benefit from the discount and an overview of the six hotels.
For more information about the hotels click on the hotel names below:
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