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July 2018

IATEFL Winners go to Frankfurt on Study Trip

The winners of the IATEFL Foosball tournament come to telc headquarters

Three delegates qualified for a very special finale at the world's largest English conference, the IATEFL, in Brighton. After successfully completing an online language test, over 50 delegates participated in "The European Language Cup", the telc table football tournament. Just like in the World Cup, the biggest winner was Europe: Olja Milosevic from Serbia (International School of Begrade), James Copeland from England (Norwich Institute for Language Education) and Nóra Németh Tartsay from Hungary (Eötvös Loránd University Budapest) each won a trip to Frankfurt, Germany, from 12-14 July!

The study trip to the World Cup Final began at telc’s international headquarters, where the three were able to get a taste of the multifaceted work of telc gGmbH. Test development was particularly exciting for the foosball champions. Dr. Sibylle Plassmann explained how calibration and the use of statistical tools ensure the quality of language tests. The foosball champions then went to the top of the Maintower for a spectacular evening view of Frankfurt glittering in the sun. The view of Frankfurt, with the mighty Main flowing through it, reminded Olja and Nora of the Danube, which runs through each of their hometowns.

The next day, the visitors set out to uncover Frankfurt’s secrets, taking an "Alternative Walking Tour". In the Paulskirche, the "cradle of German democracy", they learned everything about the founding of modern Germany. Of course, no visit to Frankfurt is not complete without a ride on the famous Ebbelwei Express, drinking Frankfurt’s celebrated cider and swinging to Hessian folk music! Olja, Nóra and James brought their homeland a little closer with vivid stories. After the weekend, it was clear: we are not only connected by the love of languages and football, but we also share a common European identity.