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The region

Similar to the geographical region, the ETAS Basel region is very multi-cultural. Regional members come not only the city of Basel, but also Baselland, Fricktal,some neighbouring cantons as well as 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, there are also members who teach in the local state school system. We would very much welcome more members those 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 and 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 ETAS's Basel Region activities have evolved into providing a platform for more social interaction among teachers, for example with Network Nights. These evenings have proved popular as they give teachers an opportunity 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 organise custom-made events for the Region.

Upcoming event:  CANCELLED due to presenter having had an accident. 

Pre-conference mini-tour with Rob Dean - Basel event 18.1.2019

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


Most recent event:

Teaching Grammar Lexically, Hugh Dellar - Tuesday, 11th September 2018

A group of some 20 enthusiastic and interested 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 ways in which the lexical approach can provide learners with useful and meaningful chunks and phrases that are theoretically above their current level, but very useful in everyday life. Enlivened and illustrated by many anecdotes from his 25 years' experience in the classroom, Hugh's talk introduced participants to ways of working with word patterns that appear in real-life conversation, but often do not appear in course materials. In particular, he underlined the value of helping students notice such language and then providing 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. Such nights have taken place in restaurants, bookshops and parks and often feature convivial food and drinks. They also provide an opportunity to native and non-native speakers alike to enjoy the English language in a relaxed environment.

Your Regional Co-ordinator:

Guadalupe Salazar