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2021 ETAS Professional Development Day, Bern

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Teaching in these times of change

11 September 2021
International School of Berne, Gümligen

Confirmed plenary talk by Kieran Donaghy: What about the fifth skill of viewing?

We are very pleased to invite you to our upcoming 2021 Professional Development Day in Bern! We have confirmed the morning plenary speaker and he is sure to inform and inspire (see his bio and abstract below). More information will be available very soon--registration will open on this page on 1 July! Come back then to sign up but please also subscribe to our newsletter and follow our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram account so you don't miss a the announcement!


We are, of course, awaiting updates to health and safety measures that will allow this event to be held in person. In case we cannot meet in person, the event will take place online in Gather Town/Zoom as our last two events have successfully done. This decision will be taken before registration opens. 


About Kieran Donaghy: 

Kieran Donaghy is a freelance award-winning writer, international conference speaker and trainer. He is the author of books for students and teachers of English as a foreign language. His publications include Film in Action (Delta Publishing), Writing Activities for Film (ELT Teacher2Writer) and Video, The Image in ELT (ELT Council) and Language Hub (Macmillan). He trains teachers in Barcelona and online at his specialist teacher development institute, The School for Training. His website Film English has won a British Council ELTons Award, an English Speaking Union Award and the MEDEA Award. He is the founder of The Image Conference and co-founder of the Visual Arts Circle. You can find out more about Kieran at his author website

What about the fifth skill of viewing?

In the English language curricula of a number of countries – for example, Canada, Australia and Singapore – two new skills, viewing and visually representing, have been added to the traditional skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Undoubtedly, these two new skills of viewing and visually representing will be integrated into national curricula throughout the world in the near future. In this session Kieran Donaghy examines what viewing is and how we can support our teachers in helping their students become more effective viewers by exploring a number of frameworks which can be used with a variety of visual texts – photos, paintings, feature-length films, short films and videos. Teachers will go away from the session with a clear understanding of what the skill of viewing is and a number of tried and tested viewing frameworks to share with our teachers.