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Baden

CAROLINE RICKLI

Caroline, who is the RC for this region, hails from Johannesburg, South Africa and moved to Zurich with her husband in 2001. After working commercially in Zurich she started teaching in 2004. She has been living in a quieter village on the edge of a forest in the Baden area since 2012 and loves it. Caroline holds a master's degree in TESOL from a university in the UK and her main interests are teaching writing, writing feedback and educational psychology. A lot of her teaching time is taken up with teaching the Cambridge exam suite and she works for vocational schools and privately.

MELISSA WEAVER

Born in Los Angeles and having lived in Paris for eight years, Melissa moved to Ennetbaden in 2015.  She has obtained two Bachelor degrees in English and French from Southern California; then acquired her Master’s degree in Comparative Literature in 2009, studying in San Francisco as well as at the Sorbonne in Paris.  Working as a lecturer and instructor at several top universities in France, she has taught a wide variety of subjects from American Culture to International Negotiation.  Melissa is currently teaching all levels including general and business English. In her free time she enjoys photography and music.

 

NEWS IN THE REGION 

More workshops will be scheduled soon.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any workshop requests or would like to propose to hold a workshop:  baden@e-tas.ch
 

RECENTLY HELD WORKSHOPS IN BADEN

Workshop report 21 September 2017 - Lewis Lansford:  Keeping it real - Authentic video at every level

This workshop covered using authentic video in the classroom from A1 to much more advanced levels. Lewis Lansford provided participants several methods to analyze video in the classroom from visual, audio and much more.  He demonstrated how to engage students with unedited and ungraded TED Talks, but in very unique ways:  cutting out sound, focusing on visuals, language development, etc.  Participants left with a plethora of ideas, which will encourage them to switch on the video projector in their classrooms. 

Workshop report 27 May 2017 – Graham Workman: Teaching Vocabulary for Primary School Teachers

At this workshop participants walked away with not only a treasure trove of more than 20 activities, but had fun doing some of them and being children again. Graham Workman expertly demonstrated teaching the activities which was a lesson in itself highlighting his impeccable classroom management. He took us through songs, mimes, rhymes, drawing, guessing and memory games.  Lots of visuals were used which brought home the importance of using these for young learners.  As always, his special humour shone through and all in all it was an informative, lively and very practical workshop professionally carried out and enjoyed by all.

Workshop report 13 May 2017 – Carolyn Skelton: Creative Writing

The aims of the workshop were more than fulfilled and participants came away with a myriad of ideas of tapping into their students' creative wellspring as well as their own.  Thanks to Carolyn Skelton's inspiration and motivation, the workshop had participants engaged and more than curious throughout.  The workshop included techniques for haikus, character building, collage poetry, flash fiction and more.  The activities could be used at any level to develop writing skills.  Most importantly, we saw that creative writing is no longer reserved for native or C1/C2 speakers, but a wider audience that may surprise you with a haiku , a stunning character or perhaps a memorable, collaborative short story.

Workshops held in the past

In the past, there were some well-attended, inspiring and above all very practical workshops given by prominent speakers in the ELT world.  Two were on using technology and two on skills and activities:

●    Teaching Writing - Advanced Learners by Carolyn Skelton

●    Going Mobile by Nicky Hockly

●    Websites and Tools for Teaching English by Graham Workman

●    Things to do with Texts plus One Million and One Things to do on Monday by Rob Dean