I haven’t blogged much either. I also haven’t been in Brighton since 1987 - which really puts things into perspective. It will be nice to do some ‘live reminiscencing’.
I am very happy to be able to attend this conference- I am overwhelmed by feelings similar to the ones my teenage students show towards the football tournament happening in the schoolyard. The picture is of the moment when I gave up and let these guys quit doing the assignment to watch the tournament through the window because they couldn’t focus at all.
Blog post by:
Marina Simovic, Montenegro
Well…I guess the language teacher in me speaks for itself in the title, BUT no, this is not a lesson plan based on a reading text… but rather my reflections on giving my first presentation at IATEFL!!
So the pre bit…nervous to say the least, and increasingly so as I attended other sessions before my presentation and found myself thinking ‘Why on earth did I opt to do this? Will anyone notice if I don’t show up?”
Anyway…after having a word with myself, I left Sue Palmer’s excellent plenary a few mins early to wind my way around the Brighton Centre to room 8. And then other people started to show up! Once I realized I wasn’t going to talking to myself I began to feel a bit better!
So the while part…I still felt a little jittery inside but I do have to admit that the feelings dissipated as the half hour went on… and I actually enjoyed myself :)
And then the post-bit …initially on a high which lasted for quite some time mixed with an enormous sense of relief that I’d lived through it, and sometime later an overwhelming tiredness came over me. What a day of rollercoaster emotions!!!
Thanks to all of you who allowed me to voice my pre while and post concerns and pleasures, and good luck to you if you are still to present.
Blog post by: Fran Sokel
I have just delivered my first talk in front of the international audience.It was on the topic of Improving language learning/teaching in primary schools from the point of view of teacher training institutes.
Everyone was willing to share ideas and there was a lot of learning from each other. I was rather nervous at the beginning, but I soon got relaxed.
I was amazed with the ease with which everyone worked together. It was great!
Blog post by: Ivana Lekic