Events in Bordeaux

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28 April 2023

Come and join us on  April 28 at 16:30 for an informal, online get-together where you can ask Katie Johnston about her background, her teaching, working in the Southwest,  her experience marketing her business and obtaining training for herself.

About Katie:
Katie has worked in adult training and higher education since 2010 in Bordeaux. She started her training organisation, Johnston Training, in 2021 (Qualiopi certified) in order to help professionals bridge the gap between their passive knowledge of English and the interactive language skills required in the international workplace. 
She loves practical approaches to teaching, often working on English for Specific Purposes courses and using a task-based learning approach.  Working with individuals and organisations who need to feel as professional and efficient when working in English as they do when working in their first language is what she loves. 
She has mainly been self-employed throughout her working life and has always been interested in entrepreneurship. Networking, & marketing her work as a Consultant Trainer has been an interesting and challenging journey.
Registrants will be sent the link the evening before the get-together (Thursday evening).

01 March 2023

Come and join us for an informal get-together where you can ask Christine about her background, her teaching, starting her own company (Naturally English) and her recently acquired ICPF Qualiopi certification. 
Christine spent her childhood surrounded by French and British culture, resulting in bilingual fluency in both languages and cultures. She holds a Masters 2 in History - ERASMUS (University of Bristol), a CERTIBET (Certificate in Business English Training) IHL - University of Cambridge and a Qualiopi certification – ICPF. She has taught and coached in several different capacities (TOEIC preparation, job interview preparation, customer service, English for leisure and business English) working with different clients (Ariane Group, CUB de Bordeaux, University of Bordeaux). 

To find out more about her company, you can go to her website  (
Registrants will be sent the link the evening before the get-together (the Tuesday evening before).

24 June 2022

TESOL France Bordeaux Goûter Get-Together - 24 June 2022 @4pm

Come and join us for an informal get-together where you can ask Caitriona and Ben about their work, their company ( and the trials and tribulations of being entrepreneurs and business owners. 

The vast majority of Caitriona's teaching work is with one company and because she is working for a Training company, she doesn't need to have the Qualiopi certificate to offer CPFs. Additionally, she works at engineering school Ensegid. 

Ben, on the other hand, only does professional training and engages in contracts directly with the learners. The vast majority are CPF. Ben did training, was audited and was awarded the qualiopi certificate in December. However, the language test he used to certify the training (Linguaskill -previously known as Bulats) was not approved and he found himself in a position of not being able to sell training. 

Join us to learn more about Caitriona and Ben's recent experiences with their company ECB and the quagmire that is the French administrative system.

For more complete Bio info, you can go to their website  ( 

Registrants will be sent the link the morning of get-together (Friday).

Register at:


13 May 2022 



Bordeaux Regions Goûter Get-Together for May 

13 May at 4:00pm on Zoom
Paula Pernell will be our featured guest teacher (from Bordeaux). Come and join us for an informal get-together where you can ask Paula about her background before she started teaching online, why she decided to take up stakes and move to Bordeaux and how she has developed teaching career on various online platforms like SuperProf. Register and you will be sent the link the day of the meet-up:

Paula Pernell grew up in the States where she received an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in December 1988. Prior to moving to France in September 2019, she lived in Denver, Colorado for 30 years, with her two children, where she ran her own accounting business. She received her TEFL certification from TEFL Toulouse in early November 2019 and since then, she has been teaching exclusively via webcam. She currently uses the Superprof platform as a means of acquiring new students and the Learncube platform to teach. 

While the majority of her students are learning Business English, she does have some younger high school students, whom she also enjoys teaching. The things she loves most about teaching are that she gets to meet people who work in many different professions with diverse personalities and interests and the flexibility that remote teaching provides. She believes that, professionally, nothing is more satisfying than having a student get excited about their progress in English! However, personally, an espresso, dark chocolate, and a good book will do the trick.

8 April 2022 

Bordeaux Regions Goûter Get-Together for April 

8 April at 4:00pm on Zoom
Julie Kalopsidiotis will be our featured guest teacher (from Toulouse). Come and join us for an informal get-together where you can ask Julie about working as an entrepreneur with young learners, business and general English students, exam courses and teacher training. Register to receive the zoom link at:

Julie qualified with a TEFLA (now CELTA) in 1990 and has been teaching in Europe ever since. She settled in France in 2000 and is currently self-employed. She teaches young learners, business and general English, Exam courses and is a teacher trainer. She is also a Speaking Examiner for Cambridge and is part way through her DELTA. She has been the Regional Coordinator for TESOL France Toulouse since 2019 and is a former member of Ex-Com.

11 March 2022 

Vicki Plant will be our featured guest teacher (from the region). Come and join us for an informal get-together where you can ask Vicki about her background in business, how she pivoted to English teaching, how she is working as an entrepreneur in the Pau area as a teacher and coach.


Goûter get-togethers fall on the second Friday of every month in spring. The theme for Spring 2022 is entrepreneurship

22 May 2021

21 September 2019

The Art of Presentation: Caesar vs. Cicero

'The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves’. By placing more importance on planning and encouraging academic scrupules, we as teachers can prepare students better for the professional world. Lessons are a training ground where mistakes are to be encouraged, but we must change what counts as a mistake. For example, which is worse: the incorrect use of the present perfect, or unthinking and unplanned baloney? This presentation will offer practical, takeaway solutions. 

About Ed Bell: 

Edward Bell, originally from Blackburn, Lancashire, studied Latin and French at the University of
Oxford, graduating in 2014 and obtained his CELTA qualification in 2015. He has worked in private
education, setting up his own tutoring services in Paris and developing the RQ methodology
(Repetitive Questioning). Since October 2017, he has been teaching at Télécom ParisTech and put
on the school’s very first Christmas pantomime. Since January of this year, he has been teaching at the Institut Villebon George Charpak, an innovative pedagogy unit linked to Paris-Sud.



Time and date: 10:00-13:00, Saturday 21 September, 2019
Speaker: Ed Bell
Venue: ENSEIRB-MATMECA, 1 avenue du Dr Albert Schweitzer, 33402 Talence Cedex
             Tram B, arrêt « Arts et Métiers »

This venue is not open to the public on weekends, therefore, walk-ins will not be possible. Please be sure to fill out the registration form to let us know that you will be coming. 

Please use this form to register.  

All TESOL France workshops are free for members and 8 euros for non-members.

16 March 2019


The words about us – catching and coaxing the language of the environment

   A popular statistic says that people who live in cities are exposed to 5000 advertising messages a day. Despite strict measures to ensure that these messages remain in the L1,  the battle against English in our environment seems to be a losing one. This workshop looks at the impact of such exposure and its role in language acquisition. Arguing that it helps students not just with lexis and grammar but also with improving pragmatic competence, we'll share classroom activities designed to help students understand mis-communication and the importance of context, ultimately helping them to become better communicators. 

About Andreas: 

Besides being employed full time as teacher at the Berufliche Schule für Medien und Kommunikation in Hamburg, where he also runs the Cambridge Examinations Centre, Andreas is a teacher trainer, author and founder of Teachers 4 Schools. Having previously lived in taught in the Jura, he travels extensively, recording the language of the environment and presenting teacher training workshops.


Time and date: 10:00-13:00, Saturday 16 March, 2019


6 October 2018

Pension Seminar for UK and US citizens living abroad

    Are you American but in the dark about FATCA, US compliant IRP pension plans and tax reporting obligations? Are you a UK citizen with queries on the financial implications of Brexit for UK residents living in France, particularly UK pension transfers and investment opportunities? If you answered “Yes!” to any of these, then come to the next TESOL France Bordeaux workshop on October 6, 2018. 
Robert Hendry, financial adviser at deVere France, will be sharing his insights and knowledge about retirement planning for US and UK citizens living in France. He will give a brief informal presentation and then open up the workshop to answer your specific questions.


Time and date: 10:00-13:00, Saturday 6 October, 2018
Speaker: Robert Hendry


17 March 2018

Bordeaux event 9 December

Time: 10:00-13:00
Speaker: Sophie Martinez and Fiona Manson

About the Workshop

Learning by doing :  Oral practice through games, a French learner approach

Sophie Martinez and Fiona Manson will look at the particular case of French students (from teens to adults) and how to use games as a vehicle to improve English through oral practice. 

What do we need to be aware of concerning French learners ? 
What is specifically unique about the French ? 
How do they learn languages differently than students of other backgrounds?

Considering these questions, we will then look at:
  • how to ease and develop speaking skills with French learners
  • how to encourage students to overcome their fear of speaking
  • how to get rid of the belief of being unable not only to speak English but also to learn, understand and manage it.
  • how to teach the language’s various tricks in order to build confidence.

Learning through games is encouraging, motivating and fun, in other words, key attributes that lead to success.

About the Speaker

Passionate about the English language, Sophie went to live in London. Right away, she understood what was needed to be able to quickly converse in English. Sadly, like many other people and teachers, she also came to the conclusion that this was not the way taught in French Schools.
She then decided to go back to France and study English at the University to become a teacher. After she got her degree and went to l’ IUFM (the teacher training Institute in France), she started to teach French students (teens from the age of 11 and adults). Sophie quickly noticed that they all had the same needs concerning the content of the language, as well as always having the same lack in theory and practice. To tackle this, Sophie got an idea which culminated in a game consisting of around 940 cards and an easy and clear grammar book, which gathers all the essentials to lead students to becoming as autonomous as possible when speaking English. Sophie was rewarded with a 1st inventor prize for this teaching game in Bordeaux, October 2014. Her material is now advertised in the popular magazines Go English, English Now and Vocable 2018. 



25 November 2017

Storytelling and the Human Library 


Time: 10:00-13:00
Speaker: Debbie West
Venue: ENSEIRB-MATMECA, 1 avenue du Dr Albert Schweitzer, 33402 Talence Cedex, Tram B, arrêt « Arts et Métiers »

  About the Workshop

For our November workshop, TESOL France Bordeaux will invite Debbie West to take a look at storytelling skills and activities in the classroom. Storytelling doesn't just have to be about weaving a tale. It can be a skill which further enhances speaking and presentation techniques in English. As there are many ways of telling stories, there are also many ways to use this skill to help students overcome shyness, give structure to content, enhance self confidence, use the power of their voice and improve public speaking skills in English (or any language).

Within the context of storytelling, we will specifically look at the Human Library and what it challenges.  The website of the nonprofit explains, "The human library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is the place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered."

In the language learning classroom, the Human Library, can serve as a storytelling activity as it helps give a platform of exchange. Debbie will show us how she has used it in her classes to encourage the imagination of students through storytelling while implementing vocabulary. Additionally, these methods can be used to help students tell their own stories. What is it that they would like others to know about them but were too afraid to mention? When our students can own what is theirs and have others accept it, this becomes a vehicle for change and transforms what they feel they can share. Creativity and ownership are incredibly powerful ways to encourage our students to relate language learning to their lives and to those around them.

About the Speaker

Debbie West is a UC Berkeley graduate and was brought up in a military family.
She has done almost everything from teaching French to being an International Student Advisor in the United States. She now teaches English to all levels and ages here in France. Presently she is the past President of Tesol France and the Paris workshop coordinator. An educator at heart, she sees education as broader than in a classroom and is definitely not very traditional in her methods. She encourages people to get real life experience speaking the language they study.  Debbie thinks that all teachers have great potential to be great leaders in and out of the classroom. You can find out more about Debbie at

Alongside the workshop, we will be holding a "TROC" of EFL/ teaching books. So, bring all the materials you no longer use and would like to pass on to someone else.

30 September 2017

IATEFL conference highlights, EFL Conferences round-up and online teacher training

Time: 10:00 a.m -1:00 p.m
Speakers: Claudia Brosnahan and Cate Evans
Venue: ENSEIRB-MATMECA, 1 avenue du Dr Albert Schweitzer, 33402 Talence Cedex
Tram B, arrêt « Arts et Métiers »


About the Workshop

Our first workshop for the new academic year will be on 30 September. Claudia Brosnahan and Cate Evans will present their IATEFL conference highlights and share their take-aways, including teaching ideas, talk summaries and a look at IATEFL SIG's (special interest groups). We will then take a hands-on approach to adapting these teaching ideas and key activities to your situation and students' needs. In addition, we will talk about other upcoming EFL conferences in and around France and look at training and career development resources that you can pursue online.

Alongside the workshop, we will be holding a "TROC" of EFL/ teaching books. So, bring all the materials you no longer use and would like to pass on to someone else.
  About the Speakers

Cate Evans is a Welsh/Irish teacher with a PGCE (TES/FL) and MA (linguistics) CAPES. She has taught in various places including Sudan, Thailand, Portugal, Spain, England, and France. She worked mainly for the British Council as a teacher and teacher trainer and set up her own training company in Thailand. In France, she has worked in various private language schools as Head of Studies and over 15 years in various Grandes Ecoles, most recently ENSCBP.

Claudia Brosnahan is a teacher trained in New Zealand (M.A in Education) with a French Postgraduate teaching degree. She currently teaches at Bordeaux Institute of Technology, ENSCBP. Her professional areas of interest include intercultural communication, motivation in the classroom, technology-enhanced language learning, and online collaborative projects. 


Assessing Creativity and Towards the Flow: a two-part workshop with Wojtek Koszykowski

Date: 18 February 2017
Time: 10:00-13:00
Room L003
1 avenue du Dr Albert Schweitzer
33402 Talence Cedex

Tram B, arrêt « Arts et Métiers »

This venue is not open to the public on weekends, therefore, walk-ins will not be possible. 

All TESOL France workshops are free for members and 8 euros for non-members.

Assessing Creativity:
Many teacher training sessions these days address the importance of fostering creativity and divergent thinking in education. However, measuring creativity is believed to be too difficult, and therefore neglected. While it may be true sometimes, there are many creativity assessment tools, a combination of which leads to valid and reliable tests. Wojtek will demonstrate how these tools can be exploited in EFL classrooms at all levels.

Towards the Flow:
At some point we have all had students, who no matter what we did, seemed always bored in class. How do we react to it and do we all react similarly? In this psychology-focused, thought-provoking workshop, Wojtek will discuss different feelings which are evoked in the EFL classroom and ways of controlling them. We will explore how some activities get adult learners focused on the tasks, enjoy them and leave the lesson with a feeling of achievement.
Wojtek holds the CELTA, the DELTA, a B.Sc. in Business Administration, an M.Sc in Management and is currently working on his PhD in HRM and Education. After 20+ years of EFL teaching and ELT management in the UK, Poland and France, he is doing research in the importance of creativity and would like to share some of the most interesting results which he has found through literature review, action research and experiments with his students.

Using music in the classroom with Jason Levine (aka Fluency MC)
Date: 3 Dec 2016
Time: 10:00-13:00
Venue: l'Association Bordeaux USA
38, Allées d'Orléans, (Place des Quinconces) 33000 Bordeaux

All TESOL France workshops are free for members and 8 euros for non-members.

Jason Levine is a teacher and entrepreneur. His mission is to connect with as many teachers as possible and provide engaging practice, in and out of the classroom. He helps students learn English through music. His youtube channel hosts numerous videos, totaling over 7 million views. TESOL France Bordeaux has invited Jason to Bordeaux to talk about using music in the classroom and his teaching method/ style. He will also share how he creatively manages his business as Fluency MC. 

After his talk, Jason will then moderate a swap-shop style session where everyone is encouraged to share their ideas of how they use music in the classroom.

Interested in learning more? Watch Jason's numerous videos on the Fluency MC youtube channel.

You can also learn more about his background, inspiration and teaching philosophy on this Teaching ESL Online interview and in this interview on the Children Learning English Affectively blog.

Prochain atelier TESOL France Bordeaux: La méthode Montessori et ses applications aux adultes dans l'acquisition de la langue.
Quand: samedi 5 novembre, 2016. 10h-13h
Ou: l'Association Bordeaux USA
38, Allées d'Orléans, (Place des Quinconces) 33000 Bordeaux
Tarif: gratuit pour adhérents du TESOL France. 8€ non-adhérents.
Venez au prochain atelier TESOL France Bordeaux pour les professeurs de langues, sur le thème de la méthode Montessori et ses applications aux adultes. Cet atelier est désigné pour les enseignants avec peu de connaissance de la méthode Montessori. Simonetta Spiga et Maria-Francesca Fenuccio, professeurs d’italien et diplômées Montessori AMI, nous donneront une brève introduction  de la méthode et son histoire. Après, elles nous montreront l'application de la méthode aux adultes dans les environnements d'acquisition de la  langue. Enfin, Simonetta et Maria-Francesca feront une démonstration d'un cours d’italien. (Cet atelier sera présenté en français et italien.)

Come to the next TESOL France Bordeaux workshop on the Montessori method as applied to adult language learners. This workshop will be aimed at teachers with little to no knowledge of the Montessori method. Italian language teachers Simonetta Spiga and Maria-Francesca, both Montessori certified (AMI), will give a brief introduction of the Montessori teaching method and its history. Then we will look at the application of this method to adults in a language learning environment. Lastly, Simonetta and Maria-Francesca will demonstrate this with a mini-Italian class. This workshop will be conducted in French and Italian.

Panel discussion 9 July - Transitioning : From teacher to administrator
When: Saturday, 9 July 2016, 9:30AM
Where: l'Association Bordeaux USA
38, Allées d'Orléans, (Place des Quinconces) 
33000 Bordeaux

All TESOL France workshops are free for members and 8 euros for non-members.
On Saturday 9 July TESOL France Bordeaux will host its last event of the year. It will be a panel discussion: transitioning from teaching to administration. The talk will feature Amanda Gedge-Wallace (Head of Language Studies at the Ecole Nationale de la magistrature), Amanda Prud'hon (IATC Manager, International Advanced Technology Center, Lectra), and Frauke Hummel (Responsable développement Région Sud-Ouest, Conseillère Formation, La Cité des Langues).

All three come from various work institutions (public and private sector) and will speak about by their transitions from teacher to administrator, key challenges and trends/ trajectories they see in the field.

Amanda Gedge-Wallace has been working in English language teaching in Bordeaux since 1991. She was a vacataire in language schools in and around Bordeaux and then worked directly with companies as an English teacher, mainly out in Ambès (Norsk Hydro, Michelin, Eka Chimie). Then, she became a vacataire at the French National School for the Judiciary in 1998 while working a part-time teaching contract at a primary school in Bordeaux (sublime to the ridiculous!) After 16 years of free-lance teaching, Amanda was appointed to a full-time position to set up and run the language department at the ENM in 2007.
Soon after arrival in France 1992, Amanda Prudh'on began teaching for a private language school giving lessons to adults (both professional and leisure classes) and some school pupils for holiday courses . She supplemented her hours with additional contracts in higher education institutions (IUT and what is now Kedge). She maintained all three contracts until around January 2000, at which point she focused solely on the contract with Kedge, taking on some admin work for the dept.

In 2007, Amanda obtained a position in the training dept of an international technology company with 2 main tasks: leading the worldwide English training program and running the integration seminar. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to work on other topics within the training dept which has led her to work with the sales team (still in a training capacity). For the past year, she has been in charge of the international demonstration center leading a team of 7 people and coordinating visits for customers from around the world.
Frauke Hummel has been working as a German teacher and in various administrative roles in a university environment for several years. Responsibilities have ranged from curriculum development to hiring and managing teaching staff to organizing exams and conferences. Currently, she is the manager of staff and languages at La Cité des Langues, Southwest Region, INSEEC Business School

TESOL France Bordeaux Workshop: The conversation-centered classroom
Date: Saturday, 12 March 2016
Time: 9:00AM
Join us for a talk on using conversation as your fundamental teaching tool. Rachel Myers Moore will open up the session with a discussion of some of the theory behind the conversation-centered classroom. The workshop will then open up to the group to share your go-to speaking activities or problem solve any issues that come to mind. Come with questions, ideas, inspirations, notions, assumptions and an eagerness to, perhaps, change your perspective and enhance your teaching methods. 

All TESOL France workshops are free for members and 8 euros for non-members.

Google Apps Swap Shop, December 5th 2015
Speaker: LeAnn Stevens Larre
Date: 5 Dec 2015
Time: 9:00-12:00
Venue: l'Association Bordeaux USA
38, Allées d'Orléans, (Place des Quinconces) 33000 Bordeaux

To register or for more information please contact Dianne Chen through our contact page (look for "Regions - Bordeaux" in the list).
Do you ever wonder how to better utilize the tech tools you already know for a better class experience for you and your students? LeAnn Stevens Larre will share with us how to use Google docs to improve students reading and writing skills in a real-time classroom activity that she has personally developed. The swap shop will then open up to all participants, where we can all share what Google Apps we use in and/ or out of the classroom to help us teach and stay organized.

TESOL France Bordeaux MEET and GREET!
Bring a friend!

November 7, 2015 | 10:30-12:30
VENUE: Les Mots Bleus. 40, rue Poquelin Molière, Bordeaux (Hôtel de Ville tram stop)
In this informal meet and greet we will talk about upcoming TESOL France events in Bordeaux and beyond. We will also discuss the current working climate in Bordeaux. What new challenges are you facing as this new school year is under way? Please come (bring a friend, even) and share your point of view.
No need to register. This event will be free for all attendees.

TESOL France Bordeaux Workshop: Organizing Digital Spaces
When: Saturday, 13 June, 2015.
Time:  14:00-17:00.
Where: l'Association Bordeaux USA - 38, Allées d'Orléans, (Place des Quinconces) 33000
Bordeaux (go here for directions )

To register or for more information please contact Dianne Chen through our contact page (look for "Regions - Bordeaux" in the list).
When we think of career development, we most often think of updating our technological know-how or integrating new and different activities in the classroom. What often gets neglected is how we as teachers organize ourselves. How can we better work together to share information and experiences? How can we minimize our time pushing paper and maximize more teaching time?

For the next TESOL Bordeaux workshop, Nicole Stitch* will share how to organize our own digital space for community sharing and for our own personal organizing. We will look at using online tools such as Dropbox and Wikispaces to help us improve time management and efficiency. We will finalize the workshop with an Agony Aunt session to brainstorm and problem solve resolutions to your technology, organization and time management challenges.
Nicole Stich received her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Teaching from Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY) in 2007 and went on to obtain a Master’s in the Art of Teaching from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) in 2009. After finishing her undergraduate studies, Nicole served as a member of Teach For America in Baltimore City Public Schools, where she taught high school Spanish for five years. Nicole has been working as an English teacher primarily at Kedge Business School (through the CEL) since September 2013. In addition to her teaching roles, Nicole was unofficially named the digital organization expert, managing online platforms for each of her schools. After a year of floundering in low-tech organizational methods, Nicole began exploring the benefits of digital solutions, and now manages the vast majority of her teaching practice with the help of web-based tools. Her tech-savvy methods were born of necessity: managing the assignments of over 150 students and coordinating with 15 other teachers was only feasible through some kind of digital space. With the help of programs like Wikispaces and DropBox, Nicole has been able to facilitate collaboration and cohesion amongst the teaching staff as well as manage the constant flow of student data, all at the touch of a button.

TESOL France Bordeaux MEET and GREET this Saturday!
Bring a friend!

April 11, 2015 | 10:30am 
VENUE: Cafe Verde Nero (24 rue de Ayres, 33000 Bordeaux.)
TESOL France Bordeaux will be hosting a Meet and Greet this Saturday the 11th of April. It will be an informal discussion centered around work "beyond the role of the vacataire." Several speakers will talk about their experiences starting and running their own English teaching companies, working as a translator, completing the CAPES exams and pursuing a DELTA qualification. 

This informal setting is a great way for English teachers to share their experiences and learn from others. In fact, it is the perfect opportunity to bring a friend new to TESOL France and introduce them to what we have to offer.
No need to register. This event will be free for all attendees.

Swap Shop in Bordeaux!

October 6th, 2012. 9am-12pm
Organized by Federico Espinosa
Victoire campus of Université Bordeaux Segalen
Theme: "First Lesson".

Technology Workshop

June 9th, 2012. 9:00 - 12:00
Universite Victor Segalen Bordeaux II
A workshop presented by Chesna Flora

23 rue Nollet - 75017 PARIS
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