Swiss Association of Teachers of English

The following courses are planned for 2018/2019:


The course is now fully booked. There is a waiting list.

Poetry with Young Adults

Venue: Lycée Jean-Piaget Room L101, first floor, Rue Léopold-Robert 10, 2000 Neuchâtel 

Date: 29 - 30 November 2018

Time: 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (3 p.m. on Friday)

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

Course Description

Elaine Feeney writes: This is a workshop on poetry and on encouraging the reluctant teenager. The sessions are aimed at opening up a bright space and creating confidence to tackle poetic form - from simple poetic ice breakers, through to understanding how to connect teenagers with the greats and to stay on task in the classroom, through to positive reinforcement in handling the creative writing process in a group environment.

This workshop will focus on creative practice, both how to approach creative writing with teenagers and how to uncover technical aspects in creative texts in fun and engaging ways. It promises to cover new and engaging poetry focusing on The Voice, from some of the most innovative and creative new contemporary poetry voices writing today, including Ocean Vuong, Vahni Capildeo, Liz Berry, Rebecca Perry, Jess Traynor and many more writing and performing now. 

Elaine Feeney is an award winning writer from Galway. She has published three collections of poetry: Where’s Katie? The Radio was Gospel and Rise, and a drama on international tour, WRoNGHEADED. Her work has been widely published, including recently in Poetry Review, Manchester Review, and Oxford Poetry. She was Highly Commended for BAFTA for her script writing and has just finished her first novel. Elaine has taught high school for almost twenty years and worked for the Department of Education in Ireland in areas of planning for Inclusive Practice and Differentiation in the mixed ability setting. She is as passionate about learning and interactive classrooms as she is about writing. 

Dewi Williams (SATE) writes: Elaine Feeney is a woman of many parts and a dynamic performer of her work. Although the main emphasis during the workshop will be on poetry, she will also talk about her work as a scriptwriter and about her forthcoming novel. The course promises to be stimulating and enjoyable.



Applications should either be sent directly to the course organiser, Hansueli Müller, or you may also fill in this form.

Participants are asked to find their own accommodation. We suggest Hôtel des Arts ( or Alpes et Lac ( or Touring au Lac (

There will be an optional communal evening meal on Thursday night. Details will be sent to participants in due time. 

CALP Plus (Course in Advanced Language Practice plus Literary Component)
Date: 13-15 March 2019 (N.B. Since some teachers can only attend for two days, we are also offering this option.) 
Course Fee: CHF 490 (CHF 380 for two days)
Venue: Le CAP, Predigergasse 3, Berne
Time: 09.15-17.00 (16.30 on Friday)
Tutors: Rosemarie Allemann, Richard Begbie, Dewi Williams
Organiser/Registrations: Rosemarie Allemann ( 056 426 2358 / 079 326 0691)

This course has been running for about 20 years, and many people have attended several times. Here are some possible reasons for its success:

  • It is INTENSIVE (English is spoken throughout the day and evening)
  • It is DEMANDING (highly advanced sessions on grammar, vocabulary, collocation, register, idiom, etc.)
  • It is VARIED (language and literature work, discussions, guest speakers, etc.)
  • It includes a  LITERARY component. This time we will be reading the recent novel Happines by award-winning writer Aminatta Forna. 
  • It is ENJOYABLE (relaxing, non-judgmental atmosphere, opportunity to meet colleagues).

It would be a pleasure to welcome you on the course.

Best wishes
Rosemarie Allemann, Richard Begbie, Dewi Williams