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Digital storytelling at ETAS

Posted by Illya on 15 May 2013

If you are an ETAS member and interested in digital storytelling, then head on over to the ETAS website ( and have a look at the Events (external). Or you can sign up directly with the learning technology SIG coordinator (that’s me! see below).
If you aren’t an ETAS member and are interested, then also head over to the ETAS website and become one. Alternatively you can pay the fee of 100.- for the course, albeit without the ETAS membership goodies such as the ETAS Journal, and reduced fees for the events.
I’d love to see you at the course!

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An update on the webinar scene and further professional development

Posted by Illya on 5 January 2012

I’ve just been contacted by Pearson ELT with another place for webinars, and so I’m passing on this information. Just in case you’ve forgotten, in a previous postI wrote about webinars and where you can find them.

To access Pearson ELT webinars, Teachers simply need to register on the global website Great Teachers‘ Primary Place, Great Teachers‘ Teen Space, Great Teachers’ Tertiary Place and Great Teachers‘ Exam Place (colourful boxes on the right):

These webinars are free of charge, some of them are also recorded so you can watch them anytime, and usually the participants also receive a certificate of attendance for live webinars a couple of weeks later. (I know that at least some teachers have already used these certificates when applying for jobs). They can interact with well-known teacher trainers and authors, as well as with the other participants from all around the world.

And don’t forget 2 important events to start the New Year!

The 5 week EVO sessions from the 9th January until the 12th February (signing up now) and the ETAS AGM in Yverdon- a wonderful opportunity to network, get up-to-date input for your teaching and professional develoment, to see old friends and make new ones!

I hope to see you soon, be it on-line or face to face!!

Have a great start to 2012!!

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Happy learning in the new year!!

Posted by Illya on 23 December 2011

The year 2011 is slowly coming to a close and the holidays will soon begin.  I hope this year was a good one for all of you readers.

And for the new year, I’d like to give you a head start!

Hopefully all of you ETAS members have already added a very important weekend to your diaries: the 28-29 January when the AGM weekend takes place in Yverdon.

If you haven’t registered yet, then head on over to and do so before 30th December.

You will find the complete program here, and you can register here. It looks like a great weekend ahead of us!!

But wait, there’s more!

The Electronic Village On-line (EVO) sessions will be from the 9th January until the 12the February- 5 great weeks of on-line (and free!) learning.

If you’ve never heard of EVO, then you should look into it. Basically, it’s a group of very dedicated teachers and trainers working for nothing to bring people across the glode together in learning. Here’s the blurb:

For five weeks in January-February, participants and ESOL experts can engage in collaborative, online discussion or hands-on virtual workshops of professional and scholarly benefit. These sessions will bring together participants for a longer period of time than is permitted by the land-based convention and will allow a fuller development of ideas than is otherwise possible.

There’s a wide variety of sessions to choose from, not all specifically to do with technology (such as Drama, a longstanding session!)

I speak from experience when I say that it can make a big difference to the way you look at teaching and learning. I certainly have learned at least as much at any EVO session as any face to face course I’ve ever attended.




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New Years ETAS packages

Posted by Illya on 19 December 2010

Christmas time is peaking around the corner and all you teachers and your students, young and old, will hopefully be settling down for a pleasant Christmas soon.

And suddenly it’s another year again!

Well, ETAS has something to start the year off with a bang.

The end of January will be the next ETAS AGM in Lucerne and we’ve got some surprises lined up from Central Switzerland and the Lucerne area. What I can tell you, though, is that we’ve organised some great workshops and a wonderful Friday evening event.

On Friday there will be a tour of the Glacier Gardens in Lucerne with an Indian dinner afterwards.

If you’re interested in joining for the tour and dinner, or even just the dinner, then you should sign up at the etas website by January 14 at the latest.

Patsy Martin Lightbown will be giving the Keynote on vocabulary and Rod Bolitho has the questions questioning in the closing plenary on Saturday. Lyndsay Clandfield will open Sunday with a talk about the m-revolution and Duncan Foord will tell us about feedback at the  Sunday closing plenary.


The raffle, which gives the money to Cindy’s successful school project in Zimbabwe, has not one but two grand prizes! The Matopo Project has been supported by the ETAS for several years now and the efforts are successful thanks to all you ETAS members who have donated, bought raffle tickets and become a member of the teacher to teacher project, so a big THANK YOU to you all!

So I hope to see many of you soon in Lucerne and in the meanwhile



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AGM 2010 – Biel Coming this January!!

Posted by Illya on 3 January 2010

Welcome to 2010, and I hope this year will be a fabulous one!!!

Well, it’s starting out with a bang.

Closest to home is the AGM in Biel on 30-31st January.

It is full of interesting workshops on everything from vocabulary and grammar to drawing and drama, and of course technologies and specific interests.  Two less common exam formats in Switzerland are being looked at in more depth – the IELTS and the PTE  (previously London Test of English), and exercises are being made interesting while learners learn to learn.

It’s too late to register on-line. but you can certainly come and register on-site.

You can find more information about it here.

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Follow-up SIG day Matopo Project

Posted by Illya on 20 September 2009

The SIG day was a success, I think everyone will agree.

Two  special highlights of the day were related to the Matopo Primary School project run by Cindy Hauert.

From Teacher training in Zimbabwe 2008

The first highlight was to hear the wondeful news that the Roger Federer Foundation has decided to support this project. This is extremely important news as it means that the support can take new dimensions. It’s the children who are the future of any country, and at the current state the future of Simbabwe looks dismal.

Then at the end  the amount of money contributed through the raffle and donations for Matopo School was announced. It was a high figure worthy of the charitable and helpful nature of ETAS and its members.

Several presenters have generously donated their payment to the school. I don’t know many names, but I do know that Peter Travis and Fiona Joseph from flo-joe and splendid speaking websites (see below) were two such people. I would gladly recognize others if I have their names.

Another such presenter was Ian McMaster, from Business Spotlight, who also blogged about the SIG day and the Matopo project. I do invite you to read what he had to say in his post “A penny for their thoughts.”

You can keep informed by reading the Matopo blog, and please do leave a comment. Comments can be very motivating, especially when the prospects seem particularly bleak and the hurdles high (such as getting materials across the border!) and why not become an official follower? This is very easy to do if you already have a google account. Just click on the follower button in the column on the right and help make the group fo supporters grow!

If you know of other such noble acts, please leave a comment so they can be recognized and thanked!

Do good things and talk about it!

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Follow-up of ETAS SIG day Reading into writing workshop

Posted by Illya on 13 September 2009

FIrst of all, a big thanks to Fiona Joseph, who gave us an excellent workshop.

It was the second of two to be given through Skype and with a pre-recorded presentation.

You can find the pre-recorded part below, but you will need Flash installed to ensure it works properly. There are also all the links mentioned during the workshop.

Flo-joe for ETAS

One of the links that we looked at is LibraryThing but there is another social network for books at Shelfari.

We discused how to include literature in the classroom and agreed to share any experiences, problems and ideas as comments to this post. I am looking forward to your input!

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Surveys from the Peanuts for Monkeys Workshop

Posted by Illya on 12 September 2009

Here are the surveys that were made during the workshop:

interest in swine flu vaccine

Taking additional English courses at TS

CLIL in Primary

Shopping strategies

and one more:

Working across cultures

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SIG day feedback

Posted by Illya on 20 September 2008

I’m just back after an excellent SIG day in Baden.

First, I’d like to give a big round of applause to the organizers of the SIG day. Thank you so much for all you did! I’d also like to thank JoAnn for the great work at organizing, and then everyone else who was involved.

Here is the link to the feedback for the SIG day.  Please fill it out, and if you haven’t , or couldn’t fill out the other survey about the SIG day venue, the issue is fixed and we would also appreciate your opinions. YOU make a difference!

Now stay tuned for more fun stuff from the SIG day and Learning technologies.

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Thinking ahead

Posted by Illya on 24 June 2008

Holidays are coming up soon, and with it the summer has finally arrived.

I’ll be posting a few ideas of things to do shortly, but in the meanwhile you can leave a message if you have any wishes or ideas for workshops f2f or distant. I’ll be around, so if there are interested people out there, maybe there will be a spontaneous workshop! Stay tuned.

You also get a preview of what’s coming up after the summer holidays:

The next SIG day!

It will be in Baden on the 20th September and can be signed up for already at the etas website

There will also be a workshop at the same venue the day before.


September 19, 2008 15.15 — 17.30

Regional/SIG Workshop — Baden Region — Learning Technologies SIG

Registration Deadline: 12 September, 2008

Social networking seems to be all around us nowadays. Our learners
are likely to be doing it, so can we tap into their enthusiasm for
this phenomenon to facilitate their language learning? This session
will offer an overview of a number of social networking facilities
including facebook, diigo, flickr and rateitall. During this
hands-on session we will be looking at ways in which these sites can
be used within a networked environment such as a computer lab or by
students outside of the classroom.  If circumstances prevent you
from attending, please inform registrar by 15 September, 2008.
(Otherwise it will be necessary to charge you in order to cover our

Berufsfachschule BBB
Gebäude Martinsberg
Wiesenstrasse 32
5400 Baden

Cost / Payment:

Members: CHF 50.00

Guests:  CHF 70.00

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