English Language Trainings for members of the NÖVOG Lower Austria train company

“We are really lucky to meet here today”, I say while my workshop participants are beaming back at me. Six of them have joined me on this day in order to prepare a common strategy for a series of workshops designed to teach English for tourism in Lower Austria. Last year, the Lower Austrian train company NÖVOG founded their own “NÖVOG Academy”. Its goal? To raise the standard of qualification across all its staff, from train conductors along the famous Mariazellerbahn to members of the information centre in Puchberg at the Schneeberg mountain. My task now is to get them “English-fit”, something I truly enjoy thanks to my many years of experience as a translator and language trainer.

Gleich zu Beginn starten wir mit einer großen Feedback- & Fragen-Runde, welche uns den ganzen Tag schön visuell begleitet: Welche Themenfelder gilt es zu erarbeiten? Wo liegen (noch) sprachliche Hürden? Was wünsche ich mir als Teilnehmer von den Englisch-Seminaren, abgestimmt auf meinen Betrieb?

Right at the start, we start collecting a board of “feedback & wishes”: What is it that I want to get out of these language training session as an employee of NÖVOG Lower Austria? What specific vocabulary do we need dealing with clients in or around trains in Lower Austria? What are areas of improvement common to all of us?


Meine Teilnehmer an diesem Vorbereitungs-Workshop in der Laubenbachmühle an der Mariazellerbahn in Niederösterreich sind wirklich überaus fleißig und bemüht: Hier im Bild Maria und Gerda Teubenbacher.

My workshop participants here at the Laubenbachmühle seminar centre at the Mariazellerbahn in Lower Austria are motivated students indeed: From left to right, Maria Prankl and Gerda Teubenbacher.


Auszugsweise erarbeiten wir schon an diesem Tag mit den TeilnehmerInnen Situationen, Rollenspiele, Übungen zum Leseverständnis etc. um den genauen Inhalt der Workshopreihe perfekt auf die Bedürfnisse der Teilnehmer abzustimmen.

In order to give an idea of the upcoming language seminars, the goal is to start with basic exercises involving reading, listening, understanding and expressing needs and wants related to work on the train in English language.


Sehr hilfreich dabei: Ein Großteil der Broschüren und Inhalte, mit denen die NÖVOG-Mitarbeiter tagtäglich arbeiten, ist bereits in englischer Sprache verfügbar und dient vielerorts als inhaltliche Grundlage.

Helpful: Most of the brochures have already been translated for clients of the different train companies here in Lower Austria. This material serves as a good basis for the upcoming language training seminars.


Upcoming seminars will now lead me into different areas of Lower Austria, from Puchberg at the Schneeberg mountain all the way to Pielach valley at the Mariazellerbahn in Mostviertel. Last year, the Schneebergbahn mountain railway has already celebrated its 115th year jubilee: I am really curious and happy to assist employees in developing their English language skills in order to greet and host (more) international visitors. Because after all, what better reward is there than the real gratitude of satisfied travellers and, for me, workshop participants?

“I really look forward to our next meeting!” Ruxandra, Gerda and Mary smile at me. “We will hold the fort here in the meantime”, Mary gives me a sly grin. “Thank you so much for coming!”

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