Babelfish Didactic Principles EN

“Berlin Babelfish Language Fun” is a seasonal free offer from the Refugee Academy for easy language learning. Over 4 to 5 weeks, our volunteer teachers offer an unusual, daily language training. The concept was created in 2017 and has been continuously developed ever since.

Our learning concept is not only fun but also focuses on the learning needs of the participants. We are happy when our system is spread to other regions of Germany and the world. Members of our team are happy to be available for workshops at training events. If you are interested, please contact us at Babelfish@refugeeacademy.de

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 practice language playfully, by incorporating all of the five senses, learn more easily and become motivated to acquire a language completely.
This is exactly how Babelfish’s concept is implemented – with much success.
Therefore, in addition to trained DAF lecturers, our learning coach teams also have many actors.
Through the use of simple theater techniques, language is experienced holistically and with much humor and fun involved in the communication.
The learners are much more likely to make mistakes. Because a great mistake usually fosters a lot of laughter, it not only connects the group with each other, but it also intensifies the learning experience.

Thanks to their training, the actors working with us can not only competently teach speaking techniques, but they are also experts in body language. This level is completely overlooked in most learning methods that only work sitting down, at a table, fixed on a book.
Therefore, it is difficult for the visitors of such courses to correctly apply what they have learned in everyday life.
Stage people are also familiar with the many other topics of sovereign language usage. The joint clarification of amusing misunderstandings and the exact analysis of how exactly this error could arise is a wonderful learning event that has long term benefits. This is how they all understand and experience together the very structures that are really important for language.

Learning at eye level – Intercultural awareness and respect

The basics of intercultural communication are also incorporated into the teaching situations at Babelfish. All in all, language acquisition at Babelfish takes place on an equal footing: The desire to bring in one’s own ideas and make use of the imagination of all participants gives teachers and learners a mutual impulse to inspire and motivate each other.

Subject-specific focus for individual occupational groups

For the first time in spring 2018, we offered our services to specific occupational groups. In doing so, we have oriented ourselves towards the specialist groups we already have: architects, life sciences, educators, and lawyers.
Together, we have trained our participants in vocabulary based on the literature brought by them and on-site visits to colleges and conferences.
In the future, this course can provide participants with the opportunity for networking. Like the respective business themselves, this helps anyone who would like to gain cooperation partners in order to bring the refugees more in contact with their German vocational colleges.
As a small example, foreign doctors and German medical students can benefit from each other in joint learning groups. The same applies to architects, engineers and educators.

Networks in civil society

We often use the daily lessons to attend network and training events together with the participants. Should an interesting event take place during the class, the place will be changed together. Thus, language is optimally trained in real life and this facilitates developing new friendships beyond the study group.

Which partners has Babelfish made so far?

In the spring issue of 2018 (April 15 – May 16) we and our team hiked through 5 selected learning venues: these included the German Museum of Technology in Berlin Kreuzberg, the Migration Hub in Berlin Mitte and the Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum, one of the most renowned schools in Germany , We also stopped at two of the most successful language cafés, one in the meeting center, Ulme35, in Charlottenburg and one in the Kreativ Haus in Berlin Mitte. Three of our partner locations are located around the “Märkisches Museum” underground station and form our Campus Berlin Mitte.

How are the teaching teams structured?

Our teams are made up of several teachers: at least one native speaker, possibly a person with a theater background, and several multilingual assistant teachers, who can also translate into the most important languages. Often these are advanced participants in the course, thus deepening their language skills. Through our mixed teams of DAF lecturers, actors, and professionals from many academic professions who teach German together, our language teaching is much more creative, effective and, above all, more sustainable.

The selection of our previous learning places has consisted of the respective Berlin districts:

Mitte

Kreuzberg

Charlottenburg

  • Elm 35, Ulmenallee 35, 14055 Berlin (offer a regular Sprachcafe on Wednesdays)

Pankow

  • BENN project at Bucher Bürgerhaus, Franz-Schmidt Str. 8 – 10, 13125 Berlin
  • Kulturmarkthalle in Pankow, Hanns Eisler Strasse 93, Ecke Kniprodstrasse, 10409 Berlin

Interested in joining Berlin Babelfish?

Language teachers and volunteers who want to support us will find additional information here). (This page was last updated by our honorary editorial team on 29 June 2018. If you have discovered a content or spelling mistake, or a faulty link, we look forward to hearing from you at redaktion@refugeeacademy.de TK)