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2021 ETAS Professional Development Day, Bern

Image courtesy of Bern Welcome

Teaching in these times of change

11 September 2021
International School of Berne, Gümligen

Allmendingenweg 9, 3073 Gümligen, Bern, Switzerland


Many thanks to everyone who contributed to 2021 PDD!  We hope that all participants enjoyed their day in Bern as much as the ETAS Team enjoyed its creation and production! 

2021 PDD Speaker PDFs can be found here - Members will have to log in to see this page!

Photo Gallery - Kudos to ETAS photographer Ron Sumners for dutifully snapping away all day long!

In case you weren't able to attend, we've left "lead-in" event information below for your reference, in the hopes that reviewing it might leave you inclined to join us at a future event!


Full pricing and payment information can be downloaded here

How to get there

Registrants will have their choice of plant-based meals at lunch. Read more about our sustainability efforts on page 8 of the event programme below!


Here's our morning plenary speaker, Kieran Donaghy, introducing his session "What about the fifth skill of viewing?"

Check out some of our other speakers


Our event will be held in compliance with the regulations of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). All attendees will be required to show a valid COVID certificate and a piece of identification. COVID certificates can be obtained by people who have been vaccinated, recently tested, or recovered from a verified COVID infection. This can be a Swiss COVID certificate or the EU digital COVID certificate. Please visit the website for the Federal Office of Public Health for precise information about the certificates. The COVID certificates are managed entirely by the FOPH and our personnel at the event cannot make any exceptions. Health and safety measures related to the pandemic are subject to change, so we encourage everyone to visit the website for the Federal Office of Public Health before the event and inform themselves about the current regulations.

At the time of writing (25 August 2021), in events where all participants have a valid COVID certificate, masks are optional and there is no limit to the amount of people in each room or at the event. 

Again, these regulations are subject to change, and are entirely managed by the FOPH. Our event will comply with the regulations in force on 11 September. While we will do our best to keep attendees informed, the ultimate source for information about the measures in place is the website for the Federal Office of Public Health.


It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to this year’s Professional Development Day, and we hope that you will be motivated by this year’s varied programme. What a pleasure it will be to see everyone again, giving us the opportunity to exchange ideas with old friends and new. We are very lucky to have secured the excellent venue of International School of Berne for a second time and thank them for accommodating all our needs.

This year, we are delighted to welcome internationally known plenary speaker Kieran Donaghy, who will be speaking to us on the topic of the fifth skill of viewing. We are really looking forward to Kieran’s first attendance at an ETAS event. The closing plenary will focus on inclusion and diversity in ELT materials with the co-founders of the Raise Up! project, Ilá Coimbra and James Taylor. Ilá will be present in Berne and James will join us via video link from Brazil for their plenary, another first for ETAS!

With a wide selection of workshops on a wide range of topics, there will be something to tempt everyone. We have many first time ETAS presenters, and it is really positive to see so many Switzerland-based presenters in the programme this year. 

We have made a special effort to include several workshops suited to teachers of Young Learners and Teens. You will find these in slots, A1, B1 & B2, and C1. We hope to encourage more teachers of Young Learners to join the ETAS family, so they too can profit from the excellent professional development we provide. 

Finally, we would like to say a huge thank you to all our sponsors; without you, we would not have an event. We are very grateful for your support, in the form of your presence, and at taking part in the book exhibition, which is an integral part of our event. Thank you from us all!

Click the image of the programme to see the full range of workshops on offer.