The German embassy in London has recognised the contribution of language teachers from across the UK at its annual awards ceremony.
The embassy's recent 'Think German' Summer Reception was attended by Ambassador Boomgaarden and minister of state for schools Nick Gibb, who presented the German Teacher Awards to those who have made an "outstanding" contribution to German language teaching in the UK.
Among those receiving a certificate and a cheque for £750 was Charles Ellis from Brookdale Primary School in Greasby near Liverpool.
The Wirral primary teacher's role is to give children at Brookdale four years' preparation in the important European language before they move up to secondary school. As part of this learning programme, Mr Ellis has organised exchange visits with a school in Hamburg, the Wirral Globe reports.
Alongside Mr Ellis was Miriam Cooke from Chelmsford County High School for Girls in Essex and Susan Marsh from Robert May's School in Hampshire.
Also at the same event, the lifetime achievement award was presented to Jacqueline Brooker from Aylesbury Grammar School in Buckinghamshire, while the Goethe-Institut's Peter Boaks Award was given to Paula Wakeling from Priory Lower School in Bedford.
Nominations for next year's awards will be accepted from February 2013. Qualifying teachers will have made outstanding contributions through initiatives such as successful and innovative schooling, facilitating the introduction of German teaching at a school, establishing links with Germany, using German in other subjects from the curriculum and promoting outreach activities.
On a less personal level, the awards help to recognise not only the contribution the winning teachers' schools have made to promoting language teaching but also the commitment of German language teachers in the UK as a whole.
The Think German event also provided the winning teachers an opportunity to meet representatives from UK-German Connection, the Goethe-Institut and DAAD, as well as the German National Tourist Office.
Posted by Tim Colman