Where teachers meet and learn

Special Interest Groups

We at ETAS believe that a professional organisation is only as good as it cares for its members and their professional needs.  That is why we have a broad selection of Special Interest Groups (SIG) that put forward specific offers for their members.

Are you interested in developing your professional expertise or finding out more information in your field of English language teaching? Please feel free to take a look at our Special Interest Groups and connect.

Business English Special Interest Group

Welcome to the Business English SIG page. Our goal is to bring together all of our current and new ETAS business group members to share ideas and to keep updated on the latest ETAS events going on around Switzerland and beyond.

If you have any questions or are interested in joining the Business English SIG, please feel free to email your BESIG Coordinator Markus Dietz at business@e-tas.ch

Cross-cultural SIG

Top image credit/copyright: Szefei / Shutterstock / single-user standard license.

In an increasingly converging world, the ability to lead, manage and motivate appropriately across cultures will be the defining criteria for being successful in international endeavours whether business, political or social. To overcome the staggering variety of communication styles and facilitate successful outcomes, all parties need to recognize the importance of intercultural communication skills.

Drama and literature

The Drama and Literature SIG aims to promote and support the use of literature and drama activities, drama in education, and related teaching (and research) strategies in English language teaching. 

English for specific purposes

As an ESP SIG our aim is to provide a forum for ESP teachers, to share what we have in common, swap what we don't, and to provide support and encouragement to all those setting out on the ESP road.​

CLIL / Immersion SIG

CLIL stands for 'Content and Language Integrated Learning' and is an umbrella term for a teaching method which integrates the teaching of content from the curriculum with a non-native language. This can be by the English teacher using cross-curricular content or the subject teacher using English as the language of instruction.

Learning technology

The use of technology has played an important role among both English language learners and teachers and it has been used to both assist and enhance language learning.

The Learning Technology SIG aims to provide a space where teachers can reflect and share new ideas when it comes to using technology in the language learning. The LT SIG’s objective is not only to keep teachers up-to-date on the new trends on digital learning but also to encourage the ones who are still reluctant to integrate these tools with their students.

Materials writers

The ETAS Materials Writers Special Interest Group (MaW SIG) is for anybody interested in creating their own classroom materials, as well as for writers aiming to become published ELT authors. Our workshops will focus on coursebooks, teacher handbooks and the process of publication and self-publication.

Research

The Research SIG goals are to promote and support research in English language teaching, including but not limited to the nature of research in ELT, the processes of doing, disseminating and evaluating research, as well as the role and relevance of research on ELT teaching practice and material design.

Swiss cantonal teacher and teacher educator

The SCT&TE SIG aims to bring English Language Teachers and English Language Teacher Educators from all sectors and cantons of the Swiss education system together.  So, whether you work at a PH, an English department within a University of Applied Sciences or University, Business school, within the Secondary (lower and upper) and Primary sectors, international school, private or public, experienced or just starting out in the Swiss education system in any shape or form then this SIG is for YOU! 

Teacher training and development

Image credit: Beautiful Faces of Palestine / Foter / CC BY

Teaching is a demanding job and even the best of us feel down-hearted and stale sometimes. The TTD SIG offers support for EFL teachers and would like to help and try out new paths and new ideas so that we can constantly approach the job from refreshing and exciting angles. You are invited to participate - take on more responsibility for your own professional growth. It also offers the opportunity to explore different and new methods and approaches and is also the perfect SIG to join if you are new to teaching.

Testing, examinations and assessment

Picture with permission of Neil Bullock

ETAS TEA SIG aims to provide a platform for members to share, discuss and source information, help, and resources on all aspects of language testing and assessment. Whether you assess your own learners in continuous assessment, provide pre-learning formative assessment or are involved in main frame examinations board or high stakes specific purpose testing, this SIG is for you.

Young Learners and Teens

Teaching young people is often seen as one of the biggest challenges in EFL, not only do they come with their own motivational issues but often these are mixed-ability group classes and teachers face the added challenge of following fixed curriculum, pleasing parents and ensuring the results are up to scratch, not to mention report writing and piles of marking!

Here at ETAS YL&Teen Special Interest Group  we know how this feels and we’re here to share all the resources and practical tips you need.