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 Project : Explaining the method
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.
We use a method called « task-based learning”. In this method, you solve tasks that are relevant and interesting to you. To do this task, you need to use English because you need to communicate with others in your group. Tasks can be creating content for the Brida Journal or doing one of the tasks in the Brida Library.
You use authentic language and do not answer grammar or vocabulary questions ABOUT the language. Consequently, you do not feel that you are studying a language because you concentrate on the task you and the group are working on. As you collaborate with others, your confidence in using the language increases.
We introduce the task to you and explain what you have to do. Each course is created a little like a short story. There is a little challenge built into it. To complete the task, you actively listen, speak, read and write. With the others, you work through the activities that make up the task until you reach the natural end of the story.
You will receive support when you really need help. But, your own knowledge and experience, your own personal objectives will influence the story, what you communicate and how others react.
When the task is completed, we go through a feedback session and review any grammar or vocabulary questions you may have.
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