Brida is an imaginary town, created by two nurses who did an English language course with me in 2015. They also drew a map of the town.
Brida History and Development
Created as one of several towns as lesson content for language lessons.
|2015 – 2016||Each group town had its own infrastructure|
|2016 – 2017||Town activities. Each group communicates with other groups through their towns.|
|2017-2018||Brida is selected as the town for all groups to work with. Creation of associations, characters and stories. The “Brida Historical Association” determines that Brida is actually on the French – Spanish border, near Perpignan.|
|2018-2019||The complexity of managing Brida leads to the shelving of the idea.|
|2019||brida.eu website set up and developed. Brida Bazaar developed. |
Brida Daily launched in May 2019 and reformatted to the Brida Journal in September 2019. The journal is expanded to invite participation via Facebook.
November 2019 together with Niki in Azerbaijan, the organisation of the Brida Photo Exhibition with participants from around the world, sharing photos of their regions.
|2020||Development of the Brida Journal to include course modules. The “Brida Triangle” is developed. A collaboration between learners of English, organisations and other tutors.|
|2020||Creation of “Gostraburg” – the German Community in Brida.|
The Brida Journal Training Model visualized.
The Brida Journal: A Utility Context
The core idea of the Brida Journal is to have a learning tool, created by learners of English for learners of English.
The basic assumption in this project is that all participants wish to improve or maintain their English communication skills.
With the help of their teachers, or individually, all participants generate content in the form of articles, short texts or even audio and video projects. This gives the learning process an increased sense of purpose and makes it more effective.
With the approval of the participants, an editorial team takes this content and enhances it by creating practical and interactive exercises to further support a communicative learning of the English language.
This is then published in the Brida Journal as an article and the lessons are made available online for all participants to work with.
There is a continuously growing archive of courses, each with usually 8 lessons. At the time of writing (October 2020), the archive has over 100 courses. About 40 of these still need final processing. Each week, about 3 new courses are added to the archive.
Participants can then work through the courses online or in a traditional classroom setting.
This process has several clear advantages. The content is peer developed making it more relevant and interesting to a participant’s learning needs. All learners can see what their peers are capable of doing, it often motivates them to do the same because they can compare their situation with that of their peers. This, in turn, increases the effectiveness of their learning process. The rôle of teachers is less of being a conveyor of knowledge and more of being a facilitator and nurturer, similar to that of a sports coach.
The guiding thought can be summarized in the statement below:
There has never been a more important time to be able to collaborate together, to co-create new solutions, to listen to diverse perspectives, work with different types of people and stakeholders, and actually to participate in the growing opportunities for change.
About Frank Peters
|1961||Born in Hamburg, Germany|
|1961 – 1979||Lived in Japan and Australia. |
Higher School Certificate in Sydney
University of Sydney, Bachelor of Arts
|1980 – 1985||Return to Germany, German “Abitur” (Baccalaureate) |
Hotel Management Apprenticeship in Heidelberg.
|1985 – 1991||United Kingdom, working for various hotels later as Department Head. Economics at the Open University, Milton Keynes|
|1991 – 1994||Return to Germany, Hotel Management. |
Worked for private investment firm in Brussels, Belgium
|1994 – 1997||Retraining as Language trainer. |
Berlitz School of Languages, Frankfurt and Rhine-Main Area
|1997 – 2005||Purchase of a language school in Mannheim. Secured contracts with Walmart, Daimler Chrysler, Bombardier and various smaller companies. Managed a team of up to 35 trainers. Language coaching of Departmental Managers and Senior Managers.|
|2006 -2014||Closure of the Language School, focus on core customers and development of simulation projects (University of Cleebourg). |
2006 move to France
|since 2015||Time out for health reasons (heart attack). Launch of what has developed into the Brida Project.|
|Based in Cleebourg, France and Horsham, West Sussex, England|
Married, 1 daughter from first marriage.
Hobbies : learning
Feedback from people participating in the Brida Journal Project.
You have developed a very interesting portal for expanding English skills.
In the fantasy city of Brida there are department stores and an employment office, pubs, a police station, and even a gym. And you, as the mayor and town planner, are the school director. The English courses are run by you. But the traffic concept is not up to date… and climate-friendly. There is a lack of bicycle shops with repair workshops and bicycle parking.
There is also a diving school, but where is the indoor swimming pool?
In addition to Brida’s fantasy world, you also present a very concrete development aid project in Tanzania on the border to Rwanda.
That’s a really creative way to teach English to your fellow human beings. Keep it up!
Alexander B. Heidelberg, Germany