Monday, 26 March 2012

#IATEFL 2012 Wrap up & Goodbye posts

Last night at #IATEFL is Pecha Kucha night, an event everybody expects, even those who can only follow it online (like me!). It's fun and it's intense! Don't miss this selection of posts, with links to the event and some personal impressions worth reading.

Janet Bianchini's "#IATEFL - The final impression"

Bren Brennan's post on the closing Pecha Kucha 

Eduardo Santos's "PK night"

 Glasgow Online

Thursday, 22 March 2012

A taste of #IATEFL 2012 - Days 3 and 4

These are the blogposts that helped me get a feeling of what happened at #IATEFL the two last days. Enjoy!

Sandy Millin's post about the talk she delivered on Internet in ESL

Chris Lima's account of Literature and Film sessions

Stephen Greene's great summary on Evelina Miscin's session on Facebook

Susan Dreger's reflective post on Jeremy Harmer's READ talk

Marisa Constantinides and first f2f #ELTchat ever!

Following the event through these colleagues' blogposts (in addition to IATEFL's official page) has made the experience so enriching! And it's also such a great way to come to know amazing blogs out there! It was fantastic to see some Argentinian teachers blogging about the conference! It's always a great pleasure to get to know or keep in touch with other local teachers who share my interests! These are their blogs:

Creative Technology
Global English
At a finger tip

Nice to meet you guys! 

See you tomorrow for wrap up & goodbye!


You might want to see my previous post on the conference: A taste of #IATEFL 2012 - Days 1 and 2

Monday, 19 March 2012

#IATEFL 2012 Online!

Glasgow Online

Following this link you can follow live video webcasts of this huge conference presentations and workshops, listen to interviews with presenters, see photos of what is going on and get conference reports!

The IATEFL conference in Glasgow is a major ELT event and we are invited to have a peek! I don't know about you, but I'm planning to sit comfortably, grab a bite and enjoy!


Sunday, 4 March 2012

Prot. 2012 Conference in Buenos Aires - Highlights

The Pro.t Conference in February was definitely one of the most worthy experiences this summer. The event brought together amazing national and international speakers who talked about up-to-date, hot topics in the ELT field. And it was a great opportunity to meet colleagues and old friends! 

This is a selection of the thoughts and reflections offered by the speakers at the workshops I attended (there were many more, it was sooo difficult to chose!).

If you decide to tell a story, chose the one YOU like. It shows! 
Mariana Derfler (Mariana blogs here)

The problem with listening is not the lack of skills but the lack of language. We have to raise awareness of the characteristics of oral speech, including phonetics. 
Jeff Stranks (here's Jeff's webpage)

The deepest truths available to human beings have been transmitted through stories. 
Inno Sorsy (Inno is the founder of the The Company of Common Sense)

Students and teachers are empowered when given the opportunity to choose how they want to learn. 
Neil McMahon (find more about Neil's presentation here).

Students are only motivated by things that are meaningful to them. 
Neil McMahon

In a country where authentic learning situations are rarely found, teachers need to learn to appreciate and resort to the magic of Internet, exploiting free sources and resources for genuine interaction. 
Jennifer Verschoor (Jennifer blogs here)

Many times, teachers just "deliver" materials. What about acting as mediators intead of postmen? Jamie Keddie (Jamie is the author of the well-known Lessonstream)

Mainstream beliefs may prevent each particular teacher's delivery techniques from flourishing. Jamie Keddie

Digital literacies are the technical and social practices needed to effectively interact with digital technologies. They are the key 21st century skills. 
Nicky Hockly (you can find Nicky's work at Theconsultants-e)

Thanks Pro.t for a wonderful event!