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AGM and English at Work

Hello Everyone,

On 3 February we had a very successful English for Academic Purposes 'EAP' Day, when Michael McCarthy, Mariana Marinova, Helen Spencer-Oatey and Juliane House gave some extremely informative workshops at the Berufliche Schule für Medien und Kommunikation. As well as HELTA members, for who this was a free event, we were very happy to welcome visitors from ELTABB and ELTA-Rhine, as well as from Switzerland and Hungary. Wilton Mills and Soph Moeng very kindly put together excerpts of the event in a new series of HELTA videos at: 
You can read more about the day here...

Publishers and participants also very kindly sent us books and materials to put into our charity auction which raised 300 EUR for the Sternbrücke Childrens' Hospice

Next up will be our combined event with National Geographic/Cengage, when Timothy Phillips will give a workshop on Visual Literacy in the 21st Century, and 2018 HELTA AGM.

HELTA would also like to introduce a new Code of Conduct to add to our statutes. We will discuss this at the AGM.

We have also now opened our Call for Proposals for the English at Work Conference for In-Company Teachers in Northern Europe. You can find more details here

Happy teaching,
Andreas & the HELTA Commitee

To be announced soon

Tribute to Kevin Curran

Dear Helta Members

 I am very sorry to have to announce that Kevin Curran passed away unexpectedly at home last week.

 Kevin was a very eager and active member of HELTA, whom I always enjoyed meeting and chatting to at our events. For a while he was also on the organising committee and gave up his free time to help bring some great speakers to Hamburg to share their ideas. Himself, a keen writer, Kevin later wrote about these events for the newsletter and in later years for our website.

 A requiem mass will be held for Kevin on 17 December at 19:30 in the St. Marien Kirche, Feldstrasse (Ecke Mühlenweg), Wedel. Petra Selig and Tom Martini have asked that we pass on these details and to say that all are welcome to join them there, to remember Kevin.

Always so jolly and positive, his enthusiasm was contagious. We will miss him indeed.

 Best wishes

 Andreas, Helta Chair


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An Afternoon with Paul Davis. Enlivening the Boring and Towards a More Lexical Approach

Who would have thought that beer-loving, cinema fanatic Paul Davis is also an expert and entertaining trainer with oodles of experience, an individual technique, an avid cyclist and aspiring chef.  Ok, so when discussing “technique“ I may as well be opening up the discussion “is Picasso art?“  However, Paul has as flair for making teaching an art: forget form, forget technique, teach!

Enlivening the Boring? Goal...

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