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Happy 2018!

Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year! With the our English for Academic Purposes 'EAP' Day, now just days away, we are looking forward to what the new year has in store. :)

The last event of 2017 was our combined event with John Hudson, and Christmas Party. John gave a very entertaining workshop on improvisation which was perfect for a festive end to a busy year.

At the same time as the December event, it had also been our hope to seperately raise funds for the Childrens' Hospice in Sternenbrücke ( Due to a number of last minute cancellations or no-shows, however, we were not able to raise as much as had been hoped. We would nevertheless like to extend a huge thank you to those that did come and who participated. At the end of the year Wilton Mills sent a donation of 236 EUR to the hospice from Hamburg teachers.

Next up will be our AGM, most probably in April or May, depending on school holidays. At this event we plan to discuss the HELTA Code of Conduct.

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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