Swiss Association of Teachers of English


The SATE Annual General Meeting took place in Solothurn on 26th November 2021.
The statutory agenda points were discussed in a classroom of the Kantonsschule Solothurn. See here for the AGM agenda and here for the minutes of the AGM 2021.
The AGM guest lecture was delivered by the actor and playwright Michael Patrick from Belfast, who had also taught the SATE November course 2021. His topic was "What I speak is not a dialect of English - Non-standard English and its importance in Art and Literature”. See here for the text of the lecture - well worth reading!
A small band of members and committee members then met for the AGM dinner at the restaurant Roter Turm in Solothurn. A wonderful opportunity to chat and exchange news and views.

SATE November course 2021 with Michael Patrick
The SATE November course 2021 took place in Solothurn on the 25th and 26th of November 2021 and was hosted by the award-winning playwright and actor Michael Patrick from Belfast.
The course concentrated on writing a Tiny Play with examples from contemporary playwrights. We looked at exercises designed to develop useful skills in writing for live performance. As well as developing playwriting skills. Through examples, discussion, writing and feedback, each participant was encouraged to write their own Tiny Play (Fishamble model), which is a short play of approximately 600 words.

More pictures here:

Annual General Meeting 2020 23 March 2021, 19:00-20:00  (Zoom)
The AGM 2020 was sucessfully held on 23 March via Zoom.
The agenda of the AGM 2020 can be found here; the minutes of the AGM 2020 can be found here.

Annual General Meeting 2019, Guest Lecture and Dinner in Wil SG

The SATE AGM 2019 took place in Wil (SG) on 29 November 2019. We elected and welcomed Christine Mach as a new committee member, and said sad farewells to Patricia Burger (committee), Andrea Kaltenrieder (delegate to VSG), and Hans-Jürg Suter (auditor). Franziska Tobler was made a new auditor, and Roland Lüthi will stay on in that function for a little while. The minutes of the AGM can be found here.

Apart from the normal AGM business, we enjoyed a lively talk by the actress and director Nicolaia Marston (tutor of the SATE November course 2019) on the many interconnections of life and theatre and of producing theatre plays, starting from this well-known exchange from Shakespeare in Love:

HENSLOWE Mr. Fennyman, let me explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of unsurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster. Believe me, to be closed by the plague is a bagatelle in the ups and downs of owning a theatre.

FENNYMAN So what do we do ?

HENSLOWE Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.


HENSLOWE I don't know. It's a mystery.

It was really fascinating to learn how an actress and director of our time relates to these lines and gets inspiration from them.

After AGM business and lecture, we enjoyed a lovely apéro and dinner, as we always do. Really worth attending, a SATE AGM!

SATE went to the museum! (1)

On 18th May 2019, we invited our members to a guided tour in English of the marvellous exhibition “British painting from Turner to Whistler” at the Fondation de l’Hermitage in Lausanne. The guided tour and entry to the museum were free for SATE members

It was great fun and really rewarding! The guide was excellent and very enthusiastic about the exhibition.

SATE went to the museum! (2)

Because the guided tour in English of the marvellous exhibition “British painting from Turner to Whistler” at the Fondation de l’Hermitage in Lausanne was really rewarding, the committee decided to invite the SATE members to another museum visit. This second time, it was at the Swiss “Landesmuseum” in Zürich and we were taken on a guided tour in English through the exhibition “Indiennes. Material for a thousand stories”. The museum website said about this exhibition:

In the 17th century indiennes – printed and painted cotton fabrics from India – became a popular commodity in Europe. Western manufacturers, including scores of Swiss companies, started producing their own versions of these precious items and very soon indiennes were everywhere. The exhibition at the National Museum tells the story of the production of these textiles, discusses colonial heritage and travels the trade routes between India, Europe and Switzerland. Very worth seeing are the many sumptuous fabrics, including valuable works on loan from Switzerland and abroad.

This museum visit was really interesting and enlightening. It gave us insights into aspects of colonialism in which the Swiss did not have a small share and confronted us with historical facts that often turned out to be rather disturbing. Despite this - the fabrics on display were magnificent!

The committee would like to organise more such events in the future - but due to Covid-19, this is on hold at the moment.

AGM 2018 in Neuchâtel

Annual General Meeting, Guest Lecture and Dinner

The SATE Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2018  took place in Neuchâtel on Friday, 30 November 2018See here for the minutes. As usual, there was a guest lecture after the AGM. The Irish author Elaine Feeney talked about "Voices of resistance, recollections and reality. A discussion on Irish writing today." What an inspiring talk it was! And afterwards, as is the custom, SATE members and the committee enjoyed a lovely meal, this time in the impressive Hôtel DuPeyrou.

JUBILEE: 80 YEARS of SATE (1937-2017) -- AGM 2017

 SATE Annual General Meeting, Guest Lecture and Dinner 

The SATE Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2017 took place on Friday, 24 November 2017 in Zug (for members only). For the minutes click here.

As usual, there was a guest lecture, open to everyone after the AGM, followed by an apéritif and dinner. Irish author Alan McMonagle spoke about Writing for Radio. Alan was the tutor of this year's SATE workshop Using (Contemporary) Novels and Short Stories in the Classroom.