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TEA Summer School - August 2014

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This year our summer school had three trainers instead of just two.  Sally Kowanda had a medical emergency and so managed to persuade David Fisher from The Bear Educational Theatre (www.thebeartheatre.com) to take over one of her block of sessions. She was back in time to do her own two days of sessions at the end of the week.

In addition we were delighted to have Eric Lomas from the Open House Theatre Company (www.openhousetheatre.at) All three of the trainers were splendid and provided good activities for the classroom as well as voice care and voice training and lots of fun too.

More information on content will be coming in our next ELT News coming out in December.

Evening entertainment included Scottish dancing, a pub quiz and some improv theatre as well as “real” theatre (with costumes) and a magic show courteous of one of the summer school participants: Andrea Klein- Check out her website at www.hirnsalz.at in case you’d like her come and do magic tricks at your school. The great thing is, she might even let you know the secrets behind the skills!

The summer school was held for the second time at the Bundes-Schullandheim Saalbach in Hinterglemm because it is such a great location and the friendly staff and wonderful food make it an excellent venue.

If participants came early they had a chance to take a gondola up to the tops of the nearby mountains and either just enjoy the view or hike back down.

However, wherever you were and no matter what you were doing, you were doing it in English.

The real advantage of the summer school is that it is an immersion-type event where English is not only used in the workshops,
but at the lunch and dinner tables and in the evenings with a beer or a glass of wine.

The networking with colleagues from all types of schools and various regions of Austria make it a real treat for adding diversity to ideas of what works and does not work in the classroom.

We hope the pictures here will show some of the fun – and seriousness – of our week in the Alps.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:34

The Vienna ConneXion: 25-26 April 2014

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Thanks to everyone that came along to our Conference! Here are a few photos to remind you what went on (or show you what you missed!).... and of course there is full coverage in the Spring edition of the ELT News - available online now.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 June 2014 12:56

What We Did At Summer School 2013 - All Day English!

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TEA Summer School, 19-23 August 2013, Matrei am Brenner/Pfons, Tirol

What a week it was! Judging by the photos, an innocent outsider could guess the order of the day, from harmless to shocking—possibly even murder! But those must be the pictures of Ivan’s drama groups, enacting their own innovative scenes. We would be remiss not to mention the laughter and raised eyebrows in the other groups, where Candy’s spirited insights took us through a series of stimulating sessions including using advertising in the classroom, emotional intelligence, positive psychology, body language and more.

One good thing about TEA summer schools is the social life, and the advantage of staying at the venue is the evening program. The organised evenings included an entertaining slide show, drama and creative writing (more fun than it sounds!) whilst the other evenings featured various games.

Whether in the training sessions or through the social life, it would have been impossible to participate in summer school without networking and making friends. Participants from Vorarlberg to Lower Austria, from southern Carinthia to the northern reaches of Upper Austria, and even from across the border, agreed that TEA’s summer school is a special event. With five native speakers present, it was English, English, English, not only in the training but also at mealtimes and in the evenings.

Even the weather co-operated. Except for one rainy day, we were fortunate to have blue skies enhancing the lovely Tirolean landscape. Located at 1,200 meters, Bildungshaus St. Michael enjoys broad vistas and a peaceful environment amidst pastures and verdant meadows bordering conifer forests. The accommodations were superb, featuring new single rooms and excellent training facilities.

We are already looking forward to next year’s TEA summer school, scheduled for 18-22 August 2014 at the Bundesschullandheim in Saalbach, with Sally Kowanda and Eric Lomas as trainers.  Keep watching the website, the TEA Newsletter if you are a TEA member and also our Facebook page for Summer School 2014 news, as well as updates on the TEA Conference and other events throughout the year.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:46

TEA Summer School 2014: Program Announced!

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The TEA Summer School 2014 is now ready for boarding! Please click here for details of program, costs, venue etc. or e-mail us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it where we will be happy to help!

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 20:17

Aims of Tea

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Teachers of English in Austria (TEA) is a non-profit organisation founded in 1992, run on a voluntary basis by professionals from various areas of English Language Teaching. TEA has since become a nationally and internationally acknowledged force in all matters concerning EFL and is also an IATEFL Associate. Currently TEA has approximately 600 members representing all levels and school types.

TEA organises workshops and events all over Austria and has also co-hosted international conferences (NELLE, IATEFL BESIG, IATEFL TEA-SIG, DaF). Moreover, TEA has established working relationships with Teachers' Associations all over Europe and will be involved in several 'across the border' activities. Every other year there is a summer school with renowned trainers from English-speaking countries. Information on all this as well as forthcoming events in Austria and abroad, downloadable worksheets and stop press information can be found on this website.

Please note: As  TEA is a voluntary organization - set up by teachers, for teachers - we aren't in a position to promote individual's materials/publications, assist teachers find jobs, nor help schools find teachers. We are however happy to receive information about upcoming teacher events, which can then be put on our website and placed in our monthly online members' newsletter. For teachers from abroad seeking work, we would recommend you contact the individual language schools in Austria for information about the employment status they would offer you.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 October 2012 18:39


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