My IATEFL BESIG Adventure

Here I am at Sao Paulo international airport waiting for my plane to get to Madrid and then, another plane to Munich.

I left my house in Montevideo 8 hours ago.

Why spending a whole day travelling?

Nine years ago I sent an email to the BESIG coordinator at that time. I wanted to submit a proposal for the annual conference, but I wanted to deliver my talk from Montevideo, Uruguay. He talked to the conference organizers and I ended up deliveringy a talk using an Adobe Connect platform. I have been presenting at BESIG conferences since then; always from Montevideo, my hometown.

This year I am presenting as well, but this year is different.I am attending my first ever IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference.I am so excited!!

During these years, I have been part of the BESIG online team. We organized simulcasts of the conferences, online conferences, online workshops, online debates, the BESIG World Blog and many other activities.

Together with other BESIG members and committee members we organized lesson plan competitions, we designed online courses for TESOL EVO, selected applicants for different scholarships and endeveoured many other interesting initiatives.

I feel part of a truly innovative and global community of business English  teachers.

What else can I say ? I am proud to be part of this community and I am really looking forward to attending my first IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference face to face.

I saw a beautiful sunrise in Madrid

Now, I am in Munich. I arrived at the hotel 30 yours after leaving  my home in Uruguay.

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IATEFL 5OTH Annual International Conference and Exhibition

My first post as an IATEFL Registered Blogger

We can all feel it coming, another IATEFL Annual Conference. And this year it is the 50th Annual Conference!!

Travel arrangements, accommodation, meetings with colleagues and friends.

Choosing what talks to attend, preparing our talk

Feeling the rush of energy!!

 

Fortunately, I was able to attend the IATEFL Annual Conference in 2011, 2014 and 2015.

Let me tell you, one of the most enriching and unforgettable experience as an English teacher, as educator.

 

This is year, I will not be able to participate face to face.

I am planning to follow it online!!

 

So, this is an invitation for those of you who cannot attend the conference to follow suit.

 

 

And this is an invitation for those of you who are attending to share as much as you can with us who are planning to follow online

 

See you All at the 50th IATEFL Annual International Conference and Exhibition!!!

 

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Scott Thornbury – Interlanguage Fossilization, no way out?

5000805527_16f0f001c1_zAs most of you know, Scott Thornbury was born in New Zealand. After studying in London, he moved to Egypt where he taught English for 10 years. Now, he lives in Spain and has been living in Barcelona for almost 30 years.

Why am I mentioning this?  Almost four months ago, Scott started writing a new blog – The (de-) fossilization diaries – where he’s recording the vicissitudes of a new journey on which he embarked –  the ‘de-fossilization’ of his Spanish.

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To fossilize means to become rigid, fixed, so is it possible to “de-fossilize” something? Can fossilized errors be overcome?

A couple of years ago, Scott Thornbury wrote an article to answer a question from a teacher: How can students overcome fossilized errors?

You can read it here

 

At the IATEFL Webinar on November 30, he will be sharing his experience on this challenge of ‘de-fossilizing’ his second language (Spanish)

‘Fossilization: Is it terminal?’

When:  November 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm GMT – You can check your local time here

Where: Click here

You do not need to register in advance to join this webinar, just click on the link above and then:

  • Ensure “Enter as Guest” is selected
  • Enter your name and country
  • Click “Enter room”

To take better profit of this opportunity, you can read Fossilization: is it terminal, doctor?.

See you online!!

 

 

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The Jazz of Teaching and Learning

Spontaneity, improvising and demanding high. Adrian at SIT clip

How do they correlate? When we improvise and move away from the plan, are we still helping our students achieve their language goals?

Many of us think we do, but, are we challenging them to their full potential?

These are some of the questions Adrian Underhill is going to address at the IATEFL Webinar on September 14.

 “When teaching we probably start out with a plan developed before the lesson. As the lesson unfolds the predictable occurs and we depart from the plan, and the class becomes a living interaction rather than the enactment of a script.  The same happens when jazz improvisers depart from the sheet music. Such improvisation makes up the bulk of most lessons yet remains ‘invisible’.  I therefore refer to it as the dark matter of teaching. This dark matter of teaching is not properly represented in the plan, course book, material, training or supervision, and thus neither critiqued nor developed. In this webinar I will explore this theme and offer suggestions for making this dark matter of teaching visible, discussible, and improvable.”

Andi White and Kristen Donaghy interviewed Adrian Underhill at the 47th Annual International IATEFL Conference.

In this interview he talks about spontaneity in the classroom.

Demand High is an idea Adrian Underhill and Jim Scrivener came up with, as a result of about two years of conversations trying to review what they had learned about language teaching throughout their careers.

You can learn more about this on their blog here  and by watching Jim Scrivener’s interview at the 47th Annual International IATEFL Conference.

Adrian Underhill talks about Demand High

Ready to join the webinar now?

Go to http://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/adrianunderhill/

You do not need to register in advance to join this webinar, just click on the link above and then:

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  • Enter your name and country
  • Click “Enter room”

When? 14 September 2013, 3pm BST – You can check your local time here

See you online!

IATEFL BESIG – Interview – by Andi White