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Geneva

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About us

Hi, we’re ETAS Geneva and we’re here to help you get the most from teaching English in the Geneva region, we can help you with continuing professional development, finding a job or resources, admin questions or just getting to know like-minded professionals  in the area.

We are Rachael and Karen and you can get in touch with us at geneva@e-tas.ch, we’d love to hear from you.

Karen is originally from Ireland and has been teaching English for over 16 years. She is a  CELTA tutor and a Cambridge examiner. She 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 PD day and the AGM  we also hold regular workshops in Geneva.

Upcoming Events

Keep informed of upcoming events here.

Craft in the Classroom - This workshop for teachers of YL will bring together a collection of fun and simple ideas for using craft in the classroom, as part of story-telling, CLIL, or just the opportunity to produce some great work with your students. The date hasn't been fixed yet but it's never to 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 there is a particular theme you would like to attend a workshop on then please contact us, I'm sure you're not alone and we'd love to set something up for everyone who is interested, contact us at geneva@e-tas.ch

Past Events

Rosyln Young Workshop - November 26 2016: Pronunciation

Rosyln's workshop was an excellent hands-on experience that explored a pronunciation teaching method that you can develop further in this upcoming MOOC course:

'Teaching Pronunciation Differently', a free, online learning session starting on 8th January 2017 for five weeks.  It has a flexible format, which you can complete section by section in your own time and participate in at the level that best suits your needs. To register for 'Teaching Pronunciation Differently' go to: tpdmoderators@gmail.com

Paul Henderson Workshop - October 13 2016: "How did I do?" Feedback for Speaking

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 our Thursday evening. All the participants are looking forward to the follow up session that will take place in the new year, if you want to join us then drop us a line.

Margaret Horrigan Workshop - February 25 2016:  Personalising Course books and Classroom management 

The workshop enabled particpants to look at General English language teaching course books in different ways in order 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.  A packed and enjoyable workshop that was followed by refreshments and networking.

January 30th 2016- Storytelling in the YL classroom 

Heidi Philipp facilitated this  fun, animated workshop, after discussing 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 work in groups on different stories shared their ideas at the end of the session. Everyone agreed the time sped by, and although tempted by a follow-up event on the same subject, participants asked for a workshop on craft ideas, that will be organised for later this year. We are happy to facilitate any workshop ideas you have, request your subject and we'll find you an expert! If you have any suggestions or requests please contact geneva@e-tas.ch

 28th November 2015: Bringing the Project Approach to your Classroom

Presenter – Andrea Vuillomenet

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”.

Firstly Andrea explained the importance of using projects in the classroom; they encourage problem solving, develop individual interests, draw on personal experiences, call on curiosity, emphasizes 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; essential for learning.

To choose a project topic you should think about  the following criteria: 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 etc.

Then Andrea presented the three phrase technique she uses in projects:

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

Phase 2- asking an expert, field trips to find answers to the questions – and make field notes, take a survey.

Phase 3- sharing findings and representing their new knowledge.

 In the second part of the presentation Andrea showed us two projects she had done in class, electricity and butterflies. She showed us slides of all the stages in these projects and explained hundreds of ways of presenting information: making batteries, plasticine models, etc.

Participants were able to ask questions and share experiences, exchanging ideas and information on project plans, multiple intelligences,  and different ways of developing projects

Andrea’s infectious enthusiasm and knowledge on the subject provided a fascinating presentation and is willing to present a follow up workshop for any interested parties.

For further details, feel free to contact Andrea at avuilliomenet@live.com

 17th June 2015: Kieran Rigney -Tips for teaching pronunciation -Beyond listen and repeat: How to develop adult learner pronunciation

This workshop given by Kieran Rigney was aimed at providing practical strategies to help improve pronunciation. Despite Geneva's traditional traffic jams trying to hold up a few participants, this event was well attended and enjoyed by members and guests alike, a great way to end the school year!

14th March 2015: Graham Workman - Websites and Tools for Teaching English 

This workshop was packed full of useful websites and apps that around twenty-five participants spent the morning discovering. Everyone appreciated all the research Graham had obviously undertaken to bring us these resources.

21st February 2015: Mary Schneuriger- Learner-tainment: Getting your students to eat their grammar

Over twenty 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, activities as well as information on schools in the area.

English Forum Switzerland - advice on most aspects of life in Geneva, included taxes etc.

World Radio Switzerland - local online radio station, useful classified ads.

Teaching in Geneva - There's a couple of things on offer in Geneva on the ETAS  Job Board, check them out!

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

Join Us

You can find out about all the benefits of joining ETAS here, and you are welcome to come along our teacherholics events without being a member.

ETAS Library -As a member you are able to borrow from our wide selection of reference books, make the most of this possibility here.