A place to rethink yourself as a teacher, person, student…

The week  in Glasgow is almost over and I have had the chance to see a beautiful city, to listen to amazing talks and to be proud of being the future generation of English language teachers. 

But first things first. Glasgow welcomed us with a rainy weather, which fortunately stopped the next day. However, the cold temperatures and strong winds showed us that this city is not the right one if you are a summer person. Nevertheless, we did not surrender and managed to explore the city, go sightseeing and even shopping, which ended in burning and exhausted legs but it was definitely worth it!

Most of the talks I went to were really informative and inspiring. Today I went to a talk on creativity in the classroom and how you can teach your pupils to think creatively. Contrary to common belief, this is not a question of whether your pupils are creative or not, it is rather connected to what kind of speech we use in class. For example, if we ask our pupils to describe a picture, they do not get the chance to be creative – they simply say what they see. If we, however, show them a picture of an unknown tool and ask them to think about five situations in which they might use such a tool, they would have to be creative in order to complete the task. Therefore, we can easily train our pupils to thinks creatively by asking the right questions. 

Another very useful talk I went to was dedicated to creating pronunciation board games. The great thing about board games is that everyone likes playing them – young learners, teenagers and even adults. And it’s really simple to turn a regular board game into a pronunciation board game. Those of you who have done the course “Advanced Pronunciation for Teachers” with our professor Ulla Fürstenberg know what I am talking about 🙂

If you want to know more about that Louise Guyett has a blog on this topic called: practicalpronunciation.org – check it out!

Finally, I have to admit that being a student at this conference is really fun. I also have to say that we have to thank our teachers, Ulla Fürstenberg, Elke Beder-Hubmann and Sarah Mercer, for this popularity. We are the only students at this conference and wherever we appear people seem to be going crazy with praise – and I am just thinking: “What did we do? We just came here to listen to experienced teachers and learn from them.” I am very thankful that we got the chance to participate in this huge event, where not only issues of ELT but also existing problems in the real world are being addressed. I have learnt that we (teachers) are all in this together, that we have similar problems and visions and that we can make a difference in our classrooms, but also in the real world outside the school! 

Here a photo from our sightseeing tour 🙂

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