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.