As every year for the last seven or so years I went to the Language Show in London on Saturday. The reason I go is a mixture of workshops, meeting up with people I normally only meet online and to see what new resources are around, especially for teaching German. The last few years I noticed a decline in German resources and I expected the same again this year. Partially that hasn’t change, but there are also positive changes ….
My friends from FlashSticks ( I wrote about them last year after having spotted their interesting post-it notes) were there again with their beginners and now also the intermediate German packs. They were selling cool box sets for other languages but I won’t hold it against them as they are working on the German advanced version, which I’m very much looking forward to!
The European Commission had lots of free resources again, many in German – I just wish they weren’t that heavy to carry around 🙂
I ordered all my teaching books again from the European Bookshop, bought additional ‘Talking Dice’ for my ever growing collection from MLG Publishing, got more stickers from Superstickers and found (abnd bought) a new product, a reusable Notebook from Magic Notebook.
I also bought a wonderful map of, no, not Germany, but the German language from Linguisticator. My photo doesn’t do it any justice but it’s a grammar paradise:
The lovely people from Languagenut not only gave me a great demonstration of their German primary school programme, they will also let me try it out for a while, and I got a free coffee! I’ll tell you more about it once I’ve tried it.
Some other stands told me they are working on German versions of their products and I will keep on checking to see how they are doing.
This year I only attended to seminars. One was by Linguascope, who do lots of lovely online programmes for school, which are unfortunately too expensive for me. But they spoke about smartphone and tablet apps which anybody can use. I will try them out the next few weeks and will let you know about them too.
The other seminar I attended was from the Goethe Institut London who told us all about their primary school programme ‘Felix und Fanzi’ (free downloads). After the seminar they also looked after our well-being with German food and drinks:
I can only say one more thing about the Language Show – I’ll be back!
Have you ever been? What did you think?