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Basel

The region

Similar to the geographical region, the ETAS Basel region is very multicultural. Regional members come not only from the city of Basel, but also from Basel Land, Fricktal, some neighbouring cantons, Alsace and southern Germany. While the typical Basel region member teaches in a private language school in the city with a lot of in-company teaching, other members teach in the local state school system. We'd welcome more members from the state sector! 

Basel is home not only to many international organisations but also to several major English language teaching publishers, such as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Pearson ELT. ETAS enjoys particularly friendly relationships with all of them. Thanks to the lively activity from publishers, Basel-based teachers are very well served with regular publisher-led presentations, workshops and seminars.

Regional activities

Consequently, activities in the ETAS Basel region have evolved into a platform for more social interaction among teachers, for example with Network Nights. These popular evenings allow teachers to exchange ideas and experiences among colleagues. It goes without saying that ETAS is more than happy to respond to members' needs and wishes, and to organise custom-made events for the region.

Upcoming event:  CANCELLED (presenter unable to attend due to accident)

Basel event: Pre-conference mini-tour with Rob Dean (18 January 2019)

“One Size Does Not Fit All – Creating an Inclusive Classroom”. 

Talk by Hugh Dellar: Teaching Grammar Lexically (11 September 2018)

About 20 teachers gathered in Basel to learn more about the advantages of using a lexical approach to teaching grammar. Hugh Dellar, author of Outcomes and kindly supported by National Geographic, outlined how the lexical approach can give learners useful and meaningful chunks and phrases that are theoretically above their current level but very useful in everyday life. Illustrated by many anecdotes from his 25 years' experience in the classroom, Hugh's talk introduced participants to working with word patterns that appear in real-life conversation but are often not found in course materials. In particular, he underlined the value of helping students notice such language and providing them with contexts in which to practise it.  

Many thanks to Hugh for an engaging talk and to National Geographic for making it possible.

Past and possible workshops include:

  • Teaching Business English with film extracts

  • Teaching the phonemic symbols in the classroom

  • Assessing speaking for exams

  • Bringing drama into the classroom

  • Phonsy has landed! – Pronunciation for young learners

  • Approaches to creative writing

  • The value of working with readers

  • Teaching English to young learners

  • Setting up as a freelance teacher – marketing yourself

  • Teachers’ rights – contracts, pension fund, etc.

Network Nights may or may not be themed, but many teachers generally share resources or their experiences with new materials and books. These nights have taken place in restaurants, bookshops and parks, and often feature food and drinks. They also provide an opportunity for native and non-native speakers to enjoy the English language in a relaxed environment.

Your Regional Coordinator:

Guadalupe Salazar

basel@e-tas.ch