Berlin-Babelfish EN

“Berlin Babelfish” is a seasonal offer of the Refugee Academy for easy language learning. The principle combines several factors that support the learning process:

  • Unconventional language training
  • Acting methods
  • Focus on the real needs of learners
  • Networking with new learning places
  • Using a smartphone as a notebook and dictaphone (Digital Literacy)
  • Empowerment and expectation management

If you want to participate, you can just drop by at the places of the class. Here you will find more information and answers to many questions. Language trainers and volunteers who want to support us will find additional information here.

What is special about the learning process at “Berlin Babelfish”?

Language acquisition is the key to integration.
Language is a tool – but also a toy. 🙂

Those who playfully learn language and who involve all the senses in practicing, learn more easily and are motivated to acquire a language completely.
This is exactly what is implemented in Babelfish’s concept – with much success.
Our experienced team, which also consists of actors, helps to make the acquisition of language much easier.
Through the use of theatrical techniques, language is experienced as holistic and through a lot of humor and fun associated with communication.
Learners are much more likely to make mistakes – and to laugh about it.
In enlightening, there are many amusing misunderstandings and in analyzing the mistakes, everyone then likes to learn which structures are important for language.

Thanks to their training, the actors working with us provide more than just competent speaking techniques. They are also familiar with the diverse themes of sovereign language usage.

The basics of intercultural communication are also incorporated into the teaching situations at Babelfish. All in all, learning German at Babelfish should be on an equal footing: The desire to bring in one’s own ideas and imagination makes teachers and learners inspire one another.

Subject-specific focus for individual occupational groups

For the first time in 2018, we made special offers for our specialist groups consisting of architects, scientists, educators, and lawyers. We consciously trained the subject vocabulary and offered on-site visits to colleges and conferences.
In the future, we would like to win over the respective chambers of these professions as dialog partners and to provide the refugees with valuable dialogue partners through the representatives of various professions.

As in the year 2017, we use the daily lessons again this year for network and training events. In this way German is optimally trained in real life.

Which partners could Babelfish win so far?

We also try to involve new partners in each new round of Babelfish: In 2017, three of our partner locations were located around the “Märkisches Museum” underground station. The Migration Hub in Berlin Mitte and the Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum, one of the most renowned schools in Germany. Together with the Kreativhaus, they form our Campus Berlin Mitte.

In the spring issue of 2018, the German Museum of Technology in Berlin Kreuzberg was added. We also integrated our courses in two very successful language cafés in Berlin: one in the meeting center Ulme35 in Charlottenburg and one in the Kreativhaus in Berlin Mitte.

The daily change of the kind of teaching offers is important because of network possibilities and increases the chance for active participation. In addition to the daily classes, we used again in 2018 trips to external networking and training events, such as the Asia Pacific Weeks of the Berlin Senate or Day of Mathematics at the TU Berlin to teach German in real life. Further special dates can be found here.

How are the teaching teams structured?

If possible, our teams always consist of three teachers each: a lead mother-tongue teacher and two multilingual assistant teachers, who may also be able to translate a grammatical finesse into the main languages ​​of the participants.
As a lead teacher, we enjoy working with actors and professionals from many academic professions who teach German together. So our form of language teaching is much more creative, effective, and sustainable.

How is Babelfish funded?

We are pleased that all rooms are provided by our space partners thankfully rent-free.

We want to continue offering Babelfish for free to all participants. But without excellent and motivated teachers, good teaching is not possible. Therefore, we are currently looking for sponsors who can close our funding gap of 3000 €. The money is needed to pay our teachers at least halfway fair.

From an amount of 500 € the supporters are named by name. Starting from an amount of 1000 €, they will be run as official project partners in addition to the room sponsors.

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(This page was last updated on June 19, 2018 by our volunteer editorial team.
If you have discovered a content or spelling mistake or a faulty link, we look forward to hearing from TK)