Swiss Association of Teachers of English


Using (Contemporary) Novels and Short Stories in the Classroom

Registration for this course is now closed.

Venue: Klubschule Migros, Industriestrasse 15B, 6300 Zug (3 minutes from the railway station)

Date: 23 - 24 November 2017

Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (3 p.m. on Friday)

Fee: CHF 350.- (SATE members CHF 330.-).

Course Description

Deploying a mix of theory, group work and classroom discussion, this two-day workshop/seminar will steer participants through the use of the novel and short story in the classroom. In particular, we will look at the contemporary novel and short story as social commentary, explore the benefits of the young narrator in a fictional setting, and examine fiction's use of humour and skewed voices. We will reference and examine extracts from Irish author Alan McMonagle's debut novel, Ithaca; stories from his collections, Psychotic Episodes and Liar, Liar; and also passages from selected other texts. 

Alan McMonagle has published two collections of short stories, Liar Liar  (Wordsonthestreet, 2008) and Psychotic Episodes (Arlen House, 2013), both of which were nominated for the Frank O'Connor Award. In 2014, his radio play, Oscar Night, was produced and broadcast as part of Irish national radio's Drama on One season. His stories have appeared in many journals in Ireland and North America, and he is also a contributor to the anthology Young Irelanders (ed. Dave Lordan, New Island, 2015). In November 2015, he signed a two-book deal with Picador, and in March 2017, Ithaca, his debut novel was published and immediately nominated for the Desmond Elliott Award for first novels. He holds an MA in Writing from the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he currently lives. 



We advise you to contact the course organiser if you have not received an acknowledgment of your registration within a week or two. Enrolments will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis, and a small fee of CHF 70.- will be charged in the case of late cancellations, i.e. ten days or less before the course. 

The following courses are planned for 2017/2018:

CALP Plus (Course in Advanced Language Practice plus Literary Component) 2018

Date: 14 - 16 March 2018

Bern, Fee CHF 490 

Tutors: Rosemarie Allemann, Richard Begbie, Dewi Williams 

Organiser/Registrations: Rosemarie Allemann, Schartenrainstr. 16B, 5430 Wettingen 

056 426 2358,

This intensive 3-day immersion course is aimed at teachers who wish to extend their command of English at an advanced level. Activities include translation into English, challenging work on collocation, vocabulary and idioms, short lectures and cultural outings, plus discussion of a novel and/or short stories (preliminary reading). Led by experienced native-speaker tutors, participants interact with motivated colleagues in a congenial atmosphere.