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Geneva

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About us

ETAS Geneva aims to help you get the most from teaching English in the Geneva region. We can help with continuing professional development, finding a job or resources, administrative questions or just getting to know like-minded professionals in the area. You can contact Rachael or Karen at geneva@e-tas.ch – we’d love to hear from you.

Originally from Ireland, Karen has been teaching English for over 16 years. She is a CELTA tutor and a Cambridge examiner, and specializes in teaching business and general English in international organisations. Rachael teaches in a primary/secondary school where she is responsible for exam preparation and the Advanced English programme. She also wrote the school's SpLD policy, an area very dear to her heart.

Events

As well as attending ETAS national conferences, such as Professional Development Day and the AGM, we also hold regular workshops in Geneva.

Upcoming Events

Keep informed of upcoming events here.

Workshop: Craft in the classroom (date to be determined)

For teachers of Young Learners, the workshop will include a collection of fun and simple ideas for using craft in the classroom, for storytelling, as Content and Language Integrated Learning or just the opportunity to produce some great work with your students. The date hasn't been fixed yet but it's never too early to tell us you're interested; contact us at geneva@e-tas.ch to be sure to receive an email with all the details.

If you have a particular theme for a workshop you'd like to attend, please contact us at geneva@e-tas.ch. We're happy to facilitate any workshop ideas you have; request your subject and we'll find an expert! We're sure you're not alone and we'd love to set something up for everyone interested.

Past events

Workshop by Rosyln Young: Pronunciation (26 November 2016)

Rosyln's workshop was an excellent hands-on experience that explored a pronunciation teaching method which could be developed further in the free, five-week massive open online course "Teaching Pronunciation Differently", which started in January 2017.  

Workshop by Paul Henderson: "How did I do?" Feedback for speaking (13 October 2016)

Paul kindly volunteered his services for this joint ETAS-Cambridge Examinations Centre workshop. A great mixture of food for thought (theory) and hands-on activities to give a punch to a Thursday evening. All participants looked forward to the follow-up session scheduled to take place in 2017.

Workshop by Margaret Horrigan: Personalising course books and classroom management (25 February 2016) 

Particpants considered general English language teaching course books in different ways to make tasks and activities come to life for specific groups of learners. The workshop also raised awareness of features of good and bad classroom management and how to move in the right direction at both planning and teaching stages. 

Workshop by Heidi Philipp: Storytelling in the Young Learners classroom (30 January 2016) 

A fun, animated workshop, it included a discussion on reasons for telling stories. Heidi presented one of the many stories she uses in classes; an excuse to go on a bear hunt! Participants then worked in groups on different stories and shared their ideas. Participants also asked for a workshop on craft ideas that will be organised for later this year.

Workshop by Andrea Vuillomenet: Bringing the project approach to you classroom (28 November 2015)

Andrea produced a very informative presentation on the Project Approach that she used in her previous school in Mexico after training with Dr Sylvia Chard, who has published work on this subject including “Engaging Children’s Minds: The Project Approach”. Andrea explained the importance of using projects in the classroom; they encourage problem solving, develop individual interests, draw on personal experiences, call on curiosity, emphasize collaborative learning and enhance reflective learning. For students, projects establish independent learning, a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence, and help children make sense of the world around them. All of this develops intrinsic motivation, which is essential for learning. The following criteria should be considered when choosing a project topic: value for learning, children’s interests, curriculum requirements, availability of resources, age of children and time of year, as well as particular circumstances such as important events.

According to Andrea, a three-phase technique can assist with projects:

Phase 1 – sharing prior experiences, representing current knowledge, asking questions and predicting answers, developing a mind-web to brainstorm questions (and add things to it during the project, for example after the field trip)

Phase 2 – asking an expert, taking field trips to find answers to questions, making field notes, taking a survey

Phase 3 – sharing findings and representing new knowledge

Andrea showed projects on electricity and butterflies she had done in class, including slides of all the project stages, and explained that there are hundreds of ways of presenting information, such as making batteries or plasticine models. Participants asked questions, shared experiences, and exchanged ideas and information on project plans, multiple intelligences and different ways of developing projects.

After this fascinating presentation, Andrea is willing to present a follow-up workshop for any interested parties. For further details, contact Andrea at avuilliomenet@live.com

Workshop by Kieran Rigney: Tips for teaching pronunciation beyond listen and repeat – how to develop adult learner pronunciation (17 June 2015)

This workshop provided practical strategies to help improve pronunciation. Well attended (despite Geneva's traditional traffic jams that tried to hold up some participants), this event was enjoyed by members and guests alike and was a great way to end the school year!

Workshop by Graham Workman: Websites and tools for teaching English (14 March 2015) 

Participants discovered many useful websites and apps. All appreciated the extensive research Graham undertook to bring these resources to the group. 

Workshop by Mary Schneuriger: Learner-tainment – getting your students to eat their grammar (21 February 2015)

Participants braved a snowy Saturday morning to throw paper planes and eat sweets, all in the name of professional development!  As you can imagine, this was a very popular workshop.

Useful Links

Living and working in the Geneva area:

Moving to Geneva

Know it all Geneva – ideas for outings and activities, and information on schools in the area

English Forum Switzerland – advice on most aspects of life in Geneva (including taxes)

World Radio Switzerland – local online radio station, useful classified ads

Teaching in Geneva - check out the things on offer in Geneva on the ETAS Job Board

Free books are available from our book reviews editor in exchange for a review; see here for more details.

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