How to make the most out of conferences

Conferences, Uncategorized

After over a year of not podcasting, we’re back with a new episode 🙂

In this podcast we talk about how you can make the most out of conferences. Both me and Rob have been to numerous conferences as presenters and attendees. And recently Rob has helped co-organise the EAP in Ireland conference. So we want to share with you our experience and how to benefit most from conferences.

Specifically, in this episode you will learn:

  • Number 1 advice to my former self about conferencing
  • How to network and socialise with others
  • How to reach out to speakers and organise meet-ups at the conference
  • How to choose the right talk for you
  • Behind the scenes of organising a conference and accepting proposals
  • How to get your talk accepted at a conference
  • Top conference proposal mistakes to avoid

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International Language Symposium 2017

Conferences

Did you know that Brno is in the geographical centre of Europe? And did you know that it’s becoming the new Silicon Valley of Central Europe?

If you didn’t, then you’re in for a treat – in this episode I talk to Erik Dostal, who is the owner of CA Institute, a language school in Brno in Czech Republic. Among other things, we talk about the ELT scene in Czech Republic and how it’s changed over the years, the importance of professional development, as well as the market demand for ‘native speakers’ and why school directors need to try to educate their clients out of possible prejudices against ‘non-native speaker’ teachers.

And last but not least, we also talk about the International Language Symposium, which will be held in Brno on June 1-3, and which Erik is organising. Tickets are still available, and there’s a fantastic line-up of speakers, including Stephen Krashen, so check out their website for more information.

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Interview with Cecilia Nobre

Cecilia Nobre, Commuter bus classroom, Conferences, DELTA, EFL, Second Language Acquisition, Teacher training, Teachers' Stoires, Uncategorized
In this episode of the TEFL show Robert William McCaul interviews Cecilia Nobre,  an ESOL teacher, a regular conference speaker and blogger, about a novel way she was involved in to learn English on that long commute to work!
We also chat about her experiences as a language learner & how she managed to learn English so well, why she’s learning Czech now and how she’s helping non-native English teachers improve their proficiency.
Cecilia, from Brazil, has been teaching since 1999. She graduated with a BA in Portuguese and English and went on to live in the UK for 3 years where she taught Portuguese. She’s done a postgraduate course in English and she’s been teaching 1:1 online for 3 months and is developing her career as an online teacher. She is particularly interested in materials design and applying Corpus L in ELT contexts (classroom and digital materials)
She also chose and developed the materials for ‘English on the Road’ (Business Result by Oxford and I created the course syllabus)
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Interactive Language Fair – IATEFL 2016 day 1

Conferences, Observations

So here we are – a brand new section on The TEFL Show website with videos about ELT. This and the next few will be about IATEFL 2016 conference, but soon we’ll be adding more teacher training videos.

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PD framework by Daniella Seong Hui You from Cultura Inglesa

 

In this video I talk about the Interactive Language Fair which happened on Day 1 of IATEFL 2016 and was organised by Burcu Akyol and Bethany Cagnol. There were about a dozen poster sessions from speakers from all around the world all in the same room. As the participants you had a chance to interact more closely with the presenters and ask them questions. You could also move in between the poster sessions any time you wanted to, which gave you the chance to get a taste many different presentations in quite a short time. In particular, I focus on one of the sessions which was about a new approach to observations, professional development and teacher assessment.

You might also be interested in this podcast where I talked to Anthony Ash about PD programs, lesson plans and observations, as well as this where with Rob we come up with an observee’s checklist.

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Teacher Development SIG Pre-Conference event at IATEFL 2016

Conferences

So here we are – a brand new section on The TEFL Show website with videos about ELT. This and the next few will be about IATEFL 2016 conference, but soon we’ll be adding more teacher training videos.

Poster by TD SIG available at http://tdsig.org/2016/01/tdsig-pce2016/

Poster by TD SIG available at http://tdsig.org/2016/01/tdsig-pce2016/

In this video I talk about IATEFL 2016 Teacher Development SIG Pre-Conference event, which I had a chance to attend and present at. There were three great talks and a whole day of productive workshops and discussion on Language and Identity, Accountability and Responsibility, and Qualities of Effective Teachers. You can find out more about TD SIG from their website here.

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How to become a translator or interpreter for the EU

Conferences
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In this episode of the TEFL Show we talk about becoming a translator or an interpreter for the EU. We’ve recently been to the Language Show Live in London, where apart from talks on ELT, there were also some really interesting workshops given by official translators from the EU. After one of the talks we went to their stand and had a nice long chat about different opportunities open to people who’d like to become translators or interpreters for the EU, which we tell you all about in this podcast.

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Some thoughts on the Language Show Live 2015

Conferences

In this podcast we chat about Language Show Live, one of the biggest language fairs in Europe which we attended at the weekend. The event is not only attended by English teachers, but also those who teach other languages, are translators, interpreters, or simply love learning languages.

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