The 22nd international conference for English language teaching professionals by IATEFL Hungary

By the end of my session, the participants will…

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… probably not take what you expect from your session.

I love how we all take different things from different sessions. An activity that one teacher might do immediately on Monday morning, another might not touch with a barge-pole. A message that might change a teacher’s attitude for life, might simply go over the head of another.

Today, I attended both the YL SIG event, led by Szandra Zeffer and Mark Andrew’s presentation on Devon Unplugged and I took (and didn’t take) a lot from both sessions.

At the SIG, I loved Szandra’s activities and the sharing of ideas and I admired the dedication she shows to her work and her obvious affection for her students.

At Mark’s session, I found it impossible not to be inspired by his enthusiasm and his love for what he does. (He had obviously had a similar effect on those who participated on the course he did with Luke Meddings in Devon.)

So already a productive morning. However, I think the thing that struck me most in both of sessions was the power of a visual diary. The power of seeing examples of what is being presented or discussed: Szandra with video clips of her students in action and real copies of the work that the students had produced and Mark’s compilation of photos, videos, quotes and feedback to help us live the experience of his two weeks in Devon.

This may not have been Szandra’s or Mark’s aim when planning their sessions, but I am grateful to both of them for making me think about how I could/ should take the opportunities I have to do a similar thing.

What did you take from today?

Hamish Buchan


Author: IATEFL-Hungary

The International Association of Teachers of English in Hungary

One thought on “By the end of my session, the participants will…

  1. glad you enjoyed it Hamish. I think the power of having photos, videos, quotes and feedback is huge in a session. Just talking about stuff isn’t the same. I really like doing talks where you have multiple voices in there…thrown in with a good sprinkling of musical extracts.

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