April 26, 2014

HUPE Day 2 in the wonderful world of words

It's Day 2 of HUPE Annual Conference in Opatija, the day of my presentation. I know there might be some more more important and more valuable speeches and workshops going on at the same time, but this is my blog and this post is about my presentation.
Here it is for all who asked me to share it. Thank you for coming to all who were there in Hall B Volta. I hope you find some useful ideas in it and don't forget to share your own ideas.

HUPE Annual Conference - Day 1

Opatija looks great, it's almost summer and there are a lot of tourists, dressed in summer clothes, walking around the town, some even soaking their feet in the sea water while enjoying the sun. It is more than I'd expected when I was hurrying, trying to avoid using umbrell,switching from the car to the coach, to join a group of teachers travelling together to the conference from Zagreb. Most of us are in jackets, waving our umbrellas. I feel like I am in heaven and can't wait to adapt to the local ways.

At the hotel:
The hotel is fully prepared for all the teachers coming from different parts of Croatia and abroad. Everything runs smoothly. Thank you, organizers. The HUPE volunteers are the best!

The conference starts:
In the afternoon the opening ceremony is nice, not too long, the president's speech well balanced - he does not forget anyone he has to thank and I feel welcomed. It looks like HUPE is going to survive our first male president and he is not going to be remembered for that only :)

The first plenary:
"Living and Learning at Intersections", was interesting, informative and offered the teachers a lot of food for thought. Ms Olinka Breka shared with us her thought about the teacher's role in the 21st century, the need to embrace the change in order to be the kind of teacher to educate the new generations of learners, the need to use the language not only as a way of communication but also an expression of culture, to teach about culture and to educate the heart. The right topic and very well presented, too.

Looking forward to hearing what tomorrow's plenary speaker has prepared for the teacher. This conference has started very well. In the meantime, off to take part in some workshops and see what the colleagues have been up to. Good luck to all of us!

April 3, 2014

Harrogate Online - Day 1

A full day of teaching is behind me. Still feeling a bit envious of the colleagues who are now in Harrogate, attending the 48th Annual International IATEFL conference, after I have seen all the photos taken by the delegates and shared in IATEFL Facebook group. The conference is an opportunity to meet colleagues you only know online or don't know at all but you share the same interests, as well as to spend some time with colleagues who live and work in different countries of the world and you meet some of them only at conferences, if you are lucky to attend. Luckily for me, for all other reasons for attending the conference, there is Harrogate Online. I have just enough time to check today's events before going to sleep.

Harrogate Online can really help you feel part of the conference. Live coverage starts each day from 9.00 UK time. There are also live studio interviews with conference presenters and delegates. Roving Reporters section looks different from the last year's edition when I was one of the reporters. This year all the delegates are invited to contribute reports. After the first day there is  one report of a session about teacher motivation. Nice. Forums are there, too.

Day 1 Sessions: I can watch a video of the plenary session by David Graddol and nine more talks/workshops - all recorded and accompanied by the information about the presenter, the venue and the length and downloadable presentations. Isn't this great? Unfortunately, it wouldn't be wise for me to stay up all night because I teach in the morning. I must choose only one (plus one interview?)

Decisions, decisions! I'll leave the plenary for tomorrow and I watch  these two:

There are eight recorded interviews from  yesterday and 15 done today! I want to listen to all of them but I must choose one for tonight and it will be Ann Foreman and Paul Braddock who talk about their work on Teaching English. I love the website and I can't wait to hear the interview.
Here it is: