Final Talks

Our last day began a little bit cloudy and rainy. Therefore we took a cab to the SEC and then filled up places in the last planery session with Jane Setter. She talked about Intonation and how important it is to teach it to our students.

First she gave insight in how intonation works and what tonality, tonicity and tone mean. Her focus layed on the intonational phrase (IP) which is determined by loudness, length and pitch. She continued her presentation with several studies about the aquisition of intonation where she compared Japanese, Chinese learners with native speakers. The highlight of the session definitely was her, singing a song from ¨My fair Lady¨ and ¨Locomotion¨ with intonation lyrics.

My second talk was about ¨Five steps how to prepare your students for the 21st Century¨ by Natassa Mannitsa. Sadly it got interrupted by the fire alarm and we had to ¨leave the building immediately¨. Although the building got evacuated I could take four exercises for my students with me: presentations (in front of parents), performances (theatre), parents meetings, pair work & role play;

After the evacuation I attended a session about ¨ Analyzing data on lesson plans¨. To be honest, I thought it would be about how lesson plans help you to improve your management in class (to give the students the biggest opportunity to learn). However, Jaqueline Fernandes only talked about the teachers trainee situation in Brazil and how bad the current school system is. I couldn’t take anything from it…

Last but not least, the TED Talk! I have to admit that I love TED Talks and that I think that they are a great source for lesson content. This talk by Daniel Barber just pushed me to be more confident about using TED Talks in my lessons. First he introduced why TED Talks are so popular: they are interesting, short, clear, accessible and global! He continued with the principles of listening comprehension and how to turn a TED Talk into an effective task. Even though the end could have been ¨smoother¨, the session confirmed my attitude towards TED Talks.

Off-topic:

Lukas and I found the pub he had been to last August. I could meet the extraordinary waitress Emma. It was a pleasure to meet her – and the food was delicious there!!

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Having a great time!

As I have been very inactive the last two days I wanted to catch up with you and write a post again. After two great days in Glasgow I finally have some impressions I can share with you.

Everyone at the conference  is so nice and I already made friends with a female teacher from Denmark. I saw Jeremy Harmer in person and I bought two new books for my teaching section at home. One of them is about Grammar and how you can teach it and the other one is about videos and their integration into the lesson.

I tried to visit every stand in Hall B but sadly I haven’t found the one with the Cupcakes yet… We’ll see, hopefully I’ll find it until friday 🙂 Interesting for me were the talks with the teachers from several universities about a MsC degree. I’m thinking about doing my Master abroad (Pro: it only takes one year to finish it and I could  live, study etc. In an English speaking country!).

Yesterday we skipped the afternoon sessions to visit the city. First we had lunch at a Pub near the park and then we got to see the University of Glasgow. We had such a great time there – and I must say I’m really jealous, it looks like Hogwarts ❤

After that our group split up and Lukas and me were exploring the city. We found the street were everyone is partying at the weekends and we had the biggest milkshake on earth. It was a peanut butter, nutella, M&M’s, whipped cream, caramel sauce shake – Thinking about it makes me hungry again – delicious!

In the evening we spent some time with Scottish, American and Danish guys in the bar in the hostel. We played UNO and talked a lot. As I already said, we were having a great time…!

 

Glasgow here I come…

As it’s my first time I’ll be in Glasgow I’m thrilled. I hope to experience an epic conference with listening to all the publishers of my university books.  But not also do I look forward to sharing thoughts, opinions and techniques with  people who love teaching as much as I do, I’m also excited to explore a city I’ve never been to before. Searching for hidden corners with my friends and sharing one or two ciders in a pub will definitely make this trip to one of the best. Cheers!

Thanks Luki for the pic 😀 Picture taken at University of Greenwich, London