Communication with non-German speaking stakeholders is central to the operation and success of many companies in Hamburg and beyond. At EBD, our goal is to ensure that effective communication in English does not stand in the way of the success of your business.
Our coaches are not only certified, but they also possess strong communication skills and lots of experience and are capable of implementing EBD`s teaching philosophy. Our English coaches also have a wide-range of knowledge in other disciplines including healthcare, economics, engineering and business.
We equip each teacher with teaching materials that are both interesting and relevant to your personal and professional developments. Catering to your specific interests makes it easier for you to participate in class discussions and ultimately to speak freely and fluently within a short period of time. Whatever your need is – whether it is to learn how to answer the phone, send an email, give a presentation, etc. – EBD is here to assist you.
We provide industry-specific and need-based English lessons to groups and individuals in the legal, medical, academic, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, sales, shipping, customer service and many other fields. Send us an email or give us a call to get started.
English for 5th Graders & Above
Working with young learners is central to what we do. Our goal is to expand the learning environment beyond the classroom and introduce learners to a variety of subjects that are both relevant to their personal and academic lives. We strive to make our learning environments as social and creative as possible and to open young learners` eyes to the diverse world around them and encourage them to play active roles in shaping it, all while speaking English. Activities include reading and comprehension, grammar exercises, essay writing, storytelling and public speaking.
At the very heart of grasping any language is taking steps to express oneself in said language. None of us at English By Doing comes from English-speaking countries, yet we have embraced it as a mother tongue through practising self-expression in English from a very young age. We found art – whether it was storytelling, poetry, painting or monologues – to be an incredible tool for advancing our sense for English, as well as our self-confidence and personal development.
Upon joining the Storytelling activity, participants are empowered to:
• Practice storytelling techniques in writing
• Advance their public speaking and monologue skills (for future thought leaders!)
• Grab their pencils, colours and canvases to create and discuss art in English
• Create their own poetic masterpieces, and adopt English as a tool for emotional and opinion expression
At English By Doing, we welcome all ideas that encourage participants to be inspired by the intricate details of the English language. If you have one, please pitch it to us!
Have you ever played Werewolf in English? Or Monopoly?
A huge part of what absorbs teenagers’ and young adolescents’ time nowadays happens online in front of screens, even games.
What we do is bring back the fun that comes along with group activities that involve our minds, senses and limbs (yes, including our feet). We have our own suggestions for different age groups, but what we believe makes more sense is that each group suggests their own way of having fun – in English.
Thinking in a different language changes the rules of any game, especially outdoor activities. With the approval of parents and guardians, we will take participants “out and about” in the city – whether to play a round of football, or to explore a part of town that we know very little of.
If you have traveled before, you know that experiencing city life in a different language helps a lot in forming and (re)shaping our feel for it. It is the little things like asking for directions, ordering a snack, or describing the nature and architecture of a place that help us think in English, not just translate from our mother tongues.
For sportslovers, whether beginners or advanced, associating a physical activity with language learning speeds up one’s familiarity with and affinity for the language, because it involves synchronizing the body’s movements with words, thoughts and feelings. By sports, we are not limited to the traditional games such as football (soccer), basketball or volleyball, but also dance!
*These events are restricted to higher age groups (14-17) whose parents/guardians allow to navigate the city or commute on their own.
Compared to the rest of Europe, one of the main reasons why a lot of Germans learn English at a slower pace is that the films and series on television and cinema programmes are (mostly) dubbed into German. Unfortunately, a lot of the details of any film get lost in translation, no matter how well the dubbing is done.
For older age groups, we will take a short trip to the Abaton Kino to view a movie in its original language: English! For the younger ones, the movie-screening will be limited to our indoor location.**
By the next time we meet, we will have all written our personal reviews of the movie, and will discuss the artistic and storytelling elements that made us like or dislike it. Creative presentations of your movie review (from stick figures to a mini-movie) are highly encouraged.
**We do our best to make sure that all movie screenings are suitable to the age of the group viewing it.
Everyday English & English Conversation
Coming into contact with people who speak English is almost a daily experience. And whether it is a customer, a friend, a colleague or a host, it makes a world of difference if you can understand each other well.
At EBD, we have a team of freelance English coaches whose diverse backgrounds make them uniquely qualified to guide you as to how to interact with people from different places. They are here to help you succeed in speaking English freely and fluently with the ones that matter to you. We offer lessons on what to say when you meet someone for the first time, how to make a reservation of any kind or order food in a restaurant, how to ask for directions and much more. We provide both group and individual lessons. Please send us an email or give us a call if you have any question.
Essay, Letter and Resume Writing & Editing
Readers’ ability to understand what we write matters to us. However, this is often made difficult by grammatical error, sentence misplacement and redundancy. Since the mistakes we make are often unintentional, detecting them on our own can be difficult. Whatever your challenges, EBD can help you to overcome them. For more information, please send us an email or simply give us a call.
Translation & Interpretation (written & verbal)
German-English, Arabic-English/ German, Tigrinya-English/ German
Cultural Competency Training (intercultural communication)
How do I interact with locals? What are some of the misconceptions that I ought to be aware of? How should I present myself in different environments? How do I make friends and attract business partners? What is expected of me legally and socially? How do I interact with colleagues from different socio-cultural backgrounds?
These are some of the many questions we struggle with whenever we are considering a move to a new location for a work or residential purpose. To help answer them, we offer you the opportunity to work intensively with some of the most qualified trainers available. In identifying which trainer is right for you, we prioritize direct local knowledge and experience, certification and strong communication and interpersonal skills.
We provide industry-specific and need-based training sessions to groups and individuals in the legal, medical, academic, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, sales, shipping, customer service and many other fields. Send us an email or give us a call to get started.
English Exams & Qualifications
Our teachers can prepare you for the Cambridge English Qualifications for school, general and higher education and business. The exam is focused on a level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and is therefore accepted all across Europe.
To learn more, please send us an email or give us a call.