IATEFL Chronicles, The End

This is my last post from the conference. It was great to be here. I enjoyed the every bit of the conference. I’m tired and sleepless but I know it is worth it.

After blogging and twitter, many things changed in my life. I sleep less, I watch television less but I still can manage. Apart from the disadvantages of being online, I must admit there are thousands of advantages. One of them is you get informed about what’s going on  around you and then have chance to attend it, the other is when you attend these events you are surrounded by your PLN even in a totally foreign environment. As far as I know IATEFL 2011 is hosting more than 2000 delegates and it is quite normal that we can even find time to chit chat as we keep losing friend. However, the best thing about is we keep finding the others. So a great tip for you. Before you go to your next conference, make sure you have built your PLN.

Sunny Brighton
Sunny Brighton

Right now here comes the summary:

In the morning I attended Bethany Cagnol’s session called, ‘Ruling the Unruly’. Although my reality and Bethany’s reality are completely different, I came up with ideas for classroom management. And plus, I had the privilidge of listening to her. If you happen to be at a conference where she speaks, don’t miss her. She was fabulous.

The next one was Jeremy Harmer’s talk. Last year at IATEFL, he asked some teachers to explain the best lesson they’d taught and the talk was around those people and their best taught lessons. We discussed why the lessons went well and even we had great lesson ideas from those teachers.

Jeremy Harmer pointed out that when teachers talk about a successful lesson they smile and they always say what the students have done.

The next one was a great kinesthetic spelling session by Johanna Sterling. The games she used during the session were very useful.

All about Alliterations was the title of Leo Selivan’s session and it was very good and in the end we even had ideas how and when to use alliterations in our classroms. Above all, to end the session with a song was great. It was one of my favourites She by Elvis Costello.

Almost around six we were ready and eager to listen to Maris Constantinides. She was right. Trainers train teachers and they have to teach how to integrate technology into teaching before the new teachers arrive to their own classrooms and this actually should be done befoe they have graduated to become teachers, I guess.

My plan for tomorrow:

Ann Foreman ‘Helping your students to develop their personal learning environment:’

Sirin Soyoz, Suzanne Mordue, ‘Using E-tivities to create online communities’

IATEFL Chronicles, Day 2

Day 2 is over. After a wonderful Pecha Kucha event hosted by Jeremy Harmer, I almost forgot my tiredness, sleeplessness ( my biologic rhythm, unfortunately, hasn’t realised yet that I’m in Brighton and I keep waking up exactly at the same time I have to get up at home)Last year I watched the PK live at home while doing the ironing. That night I really wanted to be there and promised myself to do my best to be able to attend the next IATEFL and it just happened and I was there with my friends and enjoyed watching the amazing Pecha Kucha presenters. For me, PKs are very difficult as you have to present something and at the same time you have to be humorous, witty, engaging and fast. I congratulate on all of them for the beautiful work they did today.

our little walking tour
our little walking tour

Well, today I and Karin had also enjoyed ourselves walking around Brighton with 23 other delegates. Our guide was great and I can say she was a wonderful storyteller as well. Walking through the lanes, she told us stories and really made the moments of the tour memorable for us.

Chocolate Fest

Chocolate Fest

OK, I had some fun today but of course I attended many sessions, toured the book exhibition,poster presentations, lost my little notebook where I had jotted down my blog post notes. Anyway, here comes a brief summary of my day 2

One of the sessions I attended and enjoyed very much was of Carole Robinson’s workshop called, ‘Visualising language-Activities to make language stic’. She pointed out that when we use visualisations in class, motivation increases. As she said if we give a chance for our students to visualise, they will remember better. She repeated that everybody has a different way to remember things and during the activities we had done we really saw how different our learning strategies were.

Here I’m listing some activities and notes from the workshop.

  • Play instrumental music and ask students to choose a picture from a handout you gave or ask them to draw their own picture of the place.
  • Use Guided fantasy. Take them somewhere and make them visualise that place and then ask them to describe.
  • Tell them to draw the picture of the key vocabulary they learnt during the lesson.
  • Ask them to bring a favourite photo and describe it.

What can we teach and practise using visualisations

  • Language of reasoning
  • Senses
  • Comparison
  • Tenses
  • Adjectives
  • Modals
Just after Janet's session
Just after Janet's session

The other session I want to write about was of Janet Bianchini’s wonderful presentation of web 2.0 tools. The talk was called ‘Teaching Idioms effectively with web 2.0 tools’. Janet Bianchini was one of the first people I started following and she immediately followed and helped me in the twitterverse. Reading her blog, I knew how creative and hardworking she was and I just wanted to be present at her session. It was a fabulous introduction to web 2.0 tools. She presented everything in a very clear and meaningful context that everybody who was not familiar with web 2.0 tools had an idea and a desire to use them.

The talk was how to teach idioms. She showed great sites where we can find definitions, drawings, examples of idioms. She wrote a story using many idioms and those idioms appeared on a web 2.0-tool-parade. You will find the slides here on Brighton Online  and from her blog.