Events

Upcoming Events

31Oct2020

Ch. de la Ciblerie 45 2503 Bienne

Vision boards: An art project in English to boost your students' motivation

This workshop will be run by Lessons-in-Self and Véronique Buffat

At HEP Bienne

Ch. de la Ciblerie 45 2503 Bienne

Lesson-in-Self / dina@lessons-in-self.com

Teaching another subject in English during a lesson or a day can bring an interesting change to your class. Students' attention focusses on content and English becomes a necessary tool. In this workshop, you will experiment a series of simple self development activities leading to the creation of a collage called a vision board.

These activities can be done in class: students are asked to reflect on their aspiration and dreams in order to create their vision board. According to our experience in many classes, this has proven to be a powerful tool to boost your students' motivation and meaningful English language communicative competences.

Please email me for more information. 

05Nov2020

From Burnout to Brilliance

Are you currently finding it difficult to juggle your remote professional life with homelife? Suffering from video conferencing fatigue? Are you experiencing anxiety, emotional exhaustion and wondering ‘am I burning out?’ Well you’re not alone!

From 2:00pm GMT until 3:00pm GMT

At Online via Zoom

FREE EVENT for The Brand Connect Members

The Brand Connect

The aim of this webinar is to help you identify the signs of burnout and offer preventative measures to keep your flame burning, today, tomorrow and beyond. Based on Positive Psychology and Wellbeing interventions and tools supported by research, this online webinar introduces you to tools and strategies to support you during this time. First, the what, why and how of burnout is explored within the current climate and then, through an experiential approach, you’ll leave the workshop with tried and tested practical tools to apply in your own life.I believe that burnout happens for a reason. My mission is to explore the positive effects of burnout as a catalyst for change and to help others go from burnout to brilliance.

Additional Info: For this session we will meet on Zoom. You will receive the link with your registration.

30Jan2021

Ch. de la Ciblerie 45 2503 Bienne

Creativity: The Ingredient to Spicing up your Coursebook

What does a jar of ready-made curry sauce and a coursebook have in common? Exploring this paradox, we discover how activities and tasks in our coursebooks can be enriched and spiced up by adding a very special ingredient - creativity!

From 9.10am until 12.30pm

At HEP Bienne

Ch. de la Ciblerie 45 2503 Bienne

HEP Bienne

What does a jar of ready-made curry sauce and a coursebook have in common? Using this paradox, I explore how a ready-made curry sauce is comparable to a coursebook. Specifically, a sauce is enhanced when extra ingredients are added. Equally, coursebook activities and tasks can also be enriched and spiced up with the help of a distinct ingredient – creativity.  

Referring to ideas in literature on creative language teaching approaches, my workshop encourages participants to explore ways to creatively adapt activities in any coursebook.    

There are 15 places available.

20Feb2021

Bloomifying Task-Based Learning

Exploring the relationship between Bloom’s Taxonomy and Task-based Learning, this interactive session focuses on how you can promote the 5th skill – ‘thinking’ in your English language classroom by creating effective task-based learning sequences.

From 8.30am until 12.00pm

At Live Webinar

CHF144.00

Institute of Further Education - FHNW

Not only is it important for learners to be able to communicate in the target language by developing

reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, but for teachers to create tasks that utilize and promote

thinking skills. Namely, tasks that develop LOTS (Low Order Thinking Skills) and HOTS (Higher Order

Thinking Skills). In doing so, language learning becomes more than just learning English, learners acquire critical thinking skills and as a result gain life-long key transferable skills in the learning process.

However, in many secondary English language teaching contexts task-based learning is implemented without much thought to the cognitive processes and coursebooks rarely focus on the development of thinking skills. By the end of this session you will:

  • Be introduced Bloom’s Taxonomy and related action verbs within a TBL context.
  • Know how to create your own tasks that develop thinking skills

There are 20 places available.

12Jun2021

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW Campus Olten /Riggenbachstrasse 16 4600 Olten

Add Creativity to Spice up your Coursebook

What does a jar of ready-made curry sauce and a coursebook have in common? Exploring this paradox, we discover how activities and tasks in our coursebooks can be enriched and spiced up by adding a very special ingredient - creativity!

From 8.30am until 12.00pm

At University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW Campus Olten /Riggenbachstrasse 16 4600 Olten

CHF144.00

Institute of Further Education - FHNW

Most state school ELT contexts use a published coursebook, as their prime source of input, which also comes as a complete package. The extensiveness of this package appears to be advantageous especially for new teachers. However, as everything is prescribed are coursebooks actually hindering a teacher’s creative potential? Does it restrict individualism and opportunities to foster creativity in the language classroom?

Referring to ideas in literature on creative language teaching approaches, this workshop encourages teachers to explore ways to creatively adapt activities in a coursebook by:

  • Providing a brief outline of creativity – what it is and its implications for language teaching.
  • Exploring how a coursebook is similar to a ready-made curry sauce in order to justify the creative approaches proposed.
  • Based on these findings, actively engage teachers, by asking them to generate and create ideas they can implement in their classrooms.

There are 20 places available.

04Sep2021

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW Campus Olten /Riggenbachstrasse 16 4600 Olten

ELT for Life's Purposes

In this 3 day course, teachers will experience inspirational and creatively empowering language-learning tasks that promote Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), which are key skills for the 21st century learner.

From 8.30am until 12.00pm

At University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW Campus Olten /Riggenbachstrasse 16 4600 Olten

CHF432

Institute of Further Education - FHNW

What if the English language classroom and the experience it affords can make a real difference to our learners’ lives, so that not only are they developing their English language skills, but also being supported in their personal growth and development through the process of learning English?

Through an experiential learning approach, teachers are presented with a dual-purpose approached based on positive psychology scientifically supported tools and techniques that foster SEL. Linguistically, while lessons appear simple and unassuming on the surface, they have the ability to deeply and meaningfully engage both you and your learners, providing a connected, rich and personalised language learning and teaching experience.

During these 3 half-day sessions teachers will:

  • Understand the impact of SEL today
  • Personally try out and experience proposed tools and techniques
  • Implement ready-made lesson plans with their learners
  • Reflect and report on the teaching and learning process

 

  • Day One - 4th September, 2021 - Olten, Switzerland 
  • Day Two - 18th September, 2021 - Online
  • Day Three - 25th September, 2021 - T.B.C

There are 20 places available.

Previous events

Just a little glimpse as to where me and Lessons-in-Self have helped change lives (big shout out to all of you who attended THANK-YOU!)

  • ETAS Professional Development Day – Burnout to Brilliance. The What, the Why and the How to keep your Flame Burning in ELT Zürich, Switzerland
  • DisruptHR – bHRnout – the who, the what and the why of burnout. London, UK
  • DrivenWoman, Festival of Doers – Free your Inner Leader – Zürich, Switzerland
  • IATEFL Conference and Exhibition– Pathways for Success for Teachers – Discovering your Creativity and Purpose in ELT  – Glasgow, UK
  • PMI Switzerland – Demystifying Burnout. Identifying Burnout and how to counteract its effects. Basel, Switzerland
  • SwissLinx – Burnout to Brilliance – Zürich, Switzerland
  • TEDX Basel, 3 minute pop-up talk – A sofa Day, Basel, Switzerland
  • ETAS Professional Development Day– Creating your Visions Workshop for Teachers  – Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
  • Online Webinar – Free your Inner Leader – International
  • ETAS Conference and AGM – Developing a Healthy Sense of Self in ELTZug, Switzerland
  • Novin Academy – ELT for Life’s Purposes – Online, Iran
  • ETAS Professional Development Day – Teachers’ Personal and Professional Pathways to SuccessZürich, Switzerland
  • Regional Events St Gallen – Teachers Personal and Professional Pathways to Success & Developing a Healthy Sense of Self in ELTSt Gallen, Switzerland
  • Institut auf den Rosenberg – Pathways to Success for SchoolsSt Gallen, Switzerland
  • The French School in Bern (Ecole Française Berne) – Pathways to Success for SchoolsBern, Switzerland
  • ETAS Conference and AGM – Developing a Healthy Sense of Self in ELTZug, Switzerland
  • The French School in Bern (Ecole Française Berne)- Creating our VisionsBern, Switzerland
  • Gymnasium Liestal – Activating your Response– Ability – Liestal, Switzerland
  • Fortified and Fabulous Women’s Pathways to Success–  Bern, Switzerland
  • Monthly DrivenWoman LifeWorking Workshops in 2018, Mittenstadt, Olten
  • Developing a Healthy Sense of Self, ELT For Lifes Purposes,Liestal, Switzerland
  • IATEFL Conference and Exhibition – Developing a Healthy Sense of Self, ELT For Life’s Purposes –  The Brighton Conference Centre, Brighton
  • Discovering your Creativity and PurposeBiel, Switzerland
  • ELTAS – Creativity the Ingredient to Spicing up your Coursebook Stuttgart, Germany

Want to learn more?

Find out more, book me for a workshop, or interested in the creation and delivery of a tailored workshop, just drop me a line – would love to talk!

Working with Dina has been an essential and unforgettable step in my growth as a person and business owner.

She has been a wonderful sparing partner with such a vibrant energy and unshakable faith in my own potential. Dina has this innate talent to ask the right questions and to ask them directly. There is no hiding, nor walking away from what is stopping you. With her tools and her new & refreshing perspectives, I always found myself able to remove the blocks on my way to progress, no matter what topic was on the table.

I recommend her thousand times and feel very lucky to know her by my side.

Elodie Caucigh

Wellbeing at the Desk - Responsible Wellbeing at Work - Workshop Facilitator - Speaker - Founder of REAL EASE