Swiss Association of Teachers of English

The following courses are planned for 2017/2018:

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

Date: 14-16 March 2018 (2-day attendance also possible; for details contact the organiser)
Time: 09.00-17.00 (16.00 on 16 March)
Venue: Le Cap, Predigergasse 3, Berne
Course Fee: CHF 490.- (2 days CHF 330.-)
Organiser/Registrations: Rosemarie Allemann, Schartenrainstr. 16B, 5430 Wettingen, tel. 056 426 2358 (mobile 079 326 0691)
Tutors: Rosemarie Allemann, Richard Begbie, Dewi Williams

  Here are a few reasons why we feel the course is successful and well worthwhile, even for advanced speakers of English:
1. It is INTENSIVE (English is spoken all the time, during lessons, lunch, and evening meals).
2. It is DEMANDING (highly advanced sessions on grammar, vocabulary, idiom, collocation, pronunciation, register, error analysis, etc.).
3. It is VARIED (language and literature work, discussions, guest speakers, cultural activities, etc.).
4. It is ENJOYABLE (relaxing, non-judgmental atmosphere, opportunity to meet colleagues and swop ideas). 
5. The TUTORS are native speakers and highly experienced teachers.
6. It includes a LITERARY component. This year we will be reading and discussing two very different books: The Refugees by Pulitzer Prize Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen and Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, also a Pulitzer Prize Winner. Both books are available through local bookstores or online, often at a reduced price.
REGISTRATION. Please register directly with Rosemarie Allemann as soon as possible. Even if you cannot commit yourself definitely at this stage, it would be very helpful if you could let Rosemarie know very soon if you intend to come. And we’d be most grateful if you could mention the course to your colleagues. Thank you in advance for your support.

Brush Up Your English for ‘Immersion’ Teachers
Date: 2 May 2018 (09.00-17.00)
Venue: Berne
Course Fee: 160.-
Tutors: Richard Begbie and Dewi Williams
Organiser/Registrations: Dewi Williams, Bayweg 3, 3123 Belp
031 332 7657, mobile 076 761 3874,

This one-day intensive workshop is intended for non-native ‘immersion’ teachers who often use English to teach their subjects (Biology, History, Geography, Religion, Art, etc.) and who wish to refresh and improve their knowledge of the language. The workshop is recognized by SATE (Swiss Association of Teachers of English) and is run by two experienced teacher trainers. It will deal with various topics that concern immersion teachers, e.g. classroom language, problems of pronunciation, vocabulary, the correction of oral and written language, development of fluency, etc. The workshop is of a practical nature and English will be spoken throughout the day. Although the course is intensive, the atmosphere is non-judgmental and relaxed, and participants will have the chance to meet colleagues and to exchange ideas and material.

REGISTRATION. Please register directly with Dewi Williams (see above). Even if you cannot commit yourself definitely at this stage, it would be very helpful if you could inform Dewi soon if you hope to attend the course. We would also be grateful if you could mention the workshop to your ‘immersion’ colleagues. Thank you in advance for your support. 

SATE 2018 November course

Date, topic, course tutor(s) to be announced!