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Professional Development Day 2015

PD Day 2015 Saturday 12th September - Kantonsschule Sargans

Sargans with excellent train connections to the rest of Switzerland was well located to host our Professional Development Day with the Kantonsschule just a few steps away from the station.

Watch video highlights, listen to audience reaction and view the photo gallery by clicking here!

Our speakers - many of them with an international background - were eager to share their expertise with the participants. They enjoyed a day full of learning and professional exchange in the inspiring company of English teachers, authors, and workshop presenters. The range of over 30 workshops organised by the ETAS Special Interest Groups (SIG) offered something for your teaching needs and interests.

This year's PD Day saw the introduction of a new SIG into our organisation. Its aim is to bring together the diversity of English language teachers and English language teacher educators from all cantons. The programme of the Professional Development Day 2015 is available by clicking the image below.

The Plenary speaker at the PD Day 2015 was Catherine Walter

-- What are we doing when we say we're teaching skills? --
We now know a great deal about how people read and listen in a second language. However, not much of this knowledge surfaces in teaching materials. I will look at current knowledge about second language listening and reading, and will examine common reading and listening activity types found in teaching materials. I will propose some alternatives to these activity types and explore the implications for the classroom.

Catherine is an English language teacher, teacher educator and materials developer. With Michael Swan, Catherine is the author of numerous English language teaching books. She lectures in applied linguistics at the University of Oxford and the quality of Catherine's university teaching has been recognised by a lifetime UK Higher Education National Teaching Fellowship. Her research interests include second language reading and pedagogical grammar. She has a special interest in the teaching and learning of students with disabilities. Catherine is a past President of IATEFL and remains active in the association. She is also the Chair of the British Council's English Language Advisory Group.

Presentations or handouts for download

Classroom Strategies that Work for English Language Learners by Dina Blanco-Ioannou

​The Chronicles of a Language Learner by Emilia Siravo