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.