IATEFL packing time!

20-Apr-2011

It was my third IATEFL conference and I must say that I had a very good time this year in Brighton. The programme was packed with fascinating talks and workshops. I attended a onestopenglish birthday party, had a chance to talk to a lot of interesting teachers and visit beautiful Brighton. Let’s have a look day by day at what happened at the IATEFL conference in Brighton this year.

Day One 16th April

This was the day when the door to IATEFL opened and hundreds of teachers, authors and publishers could start exchanging their experience, knowledge, innovative products and ideas. This year’s programme had a great list of talks and workshop participants were flying from one room to another to learn as much as possible. You had to be in the room extra early to make sure that you had a good seat! After the whole day of exciting discussions and note taking, evening came and it was time to go to the onestopenglish birthday party!

The party took place in a club on the beach and was organized to celebrate the 10th birthday of onestopenglish. You had a chance to catch up with people in a less official place. There was a great turn out, everyone was in a very good spirits and had loads of fun dancing and singing to Elvis Presley’s hits. Let me tell you a little secret Elvis was there himself, shhhhh…The birthday celebration was a massive success and those who came to the party will be talking about it days, months and years to come.

Day Two 17th April

Bright and early with a cup of strong coffee I marched to one of the first talks of the day. I picked a talk by Lindsay Clandfield How to set up and run an ELT blog. Although, it was an early start to the day, the room was packed with teachers eager to learn more about blogging and apply it to their everyday teaching. It was a great session that equipped the participants with information on blogging in a nutshell.

Second on my list was Wordrecycle: integrating English language learning with the blogging world. It was a fascinating session where Sofia Ward and Najah Hussein from Regent Cambridge demonstrated their new web-based class project aimed at bringing together the Internet and language learning. I promise to write more about it in my next blog entry!

Afternoon belonged to our speakers, first was Lucy Williams who hosted a workshop together with Tim Bowen 10 years of onestopenglish: essential tips, tricks and lesson ideas. Later in the afternoon, Eva Maria Schmidt gave a joint talk with Astrid Krake Lesson in blended learning: a case study from Munich. Both talks were very popular and created engaging discussions.

Day Three 18th April

Sadly it was my last day at the conference. However, it was a day full of interesting chats with teachers about using technology and online resources in the classroom. This conference was a great chance to meet teachers from around the world (Cuba, Zimbabwe, Libya and Belarus) and learn about their teaching experiences as well as projects to make their classes more engaging. I left the conference with a head full of ideas and a notebook full of notes. If you happened to be at the conference I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Next year the IATEFL conference is in Glasgow.

See ye!

Joanna

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