The. Best. Teachers. Ever.

Day 3 and we’re still going strong! 🙂 I’m here to tell you about a session, though, that arguably not many people have seen. This afternoon Pearson presented (some of) the winners of their ELT Teacher Award. From over 1,300 entries by teachers from all around the world, a panel of judges chose their five favourite projects. Three of these five were then introduced to us today.

The winners were:

  • Imane Nejjar form Marocco who was responsible for constructing an online course to help with very large class sizes.
  • Koki Shimazu from Japan who founded/organises English summer camps throughout Japan to get Japanese people speaking to natives and building a personal connection to the language.
  • Angnieska Bilska from Poland for the variety of project she’s involved in demonstrating “her own initiative” and reflecting“ a constructivist, collaborative and creative use of technology” (whatever that means exactly).
  • Gabriela Cambiasso from the US who created a blog for her students to facilitate their writing and make them more autonomous learners.
  • Ornella Valentinuz from Argentina who organised a cultural exchange between schools from Argentina and some European countries, among them Austria, to enrich the lives of students in remote areas of Argentina who thought they wouldn’t ever be needing English for anything.

(you can read more about the projects here.)

What I’m trying to say with this blog post is basically that – judging by Pearson’s standards – our teachers deserve multiple prestigious international awards because they take us abroad, make us speak to natives AND have us keep up a blog at the same time! And if that wasn’t enough already: We’re enjoying it as well. So there.

the excitement is real

I’ve never actually made it outside of England on my trips to the UK. Everything I know about Glasgow is scientific information I have gathered from watching British panel shows and James McAvoy interviews and that’s basically that the city’s main appeals are: the accent, fried mars bars and council estates. I’ve also never been to anything like IATEFL and it’s all a bit daunting but I’m very excited to learn new things, put faces to the names on my books and see how much truth there is in the common Scottish stereotypes.