On Friday, April 7, I visited some of Glasgow’s most important sights. The first one was Glasgow University. It is a wonderful, ancient building and it seems like a castle from the outside. Apart from the different departments that are located inside, there is also a free Museum called “The Hunterian”. It is the oldest public museum, founded in 1807. The exhibition includes scientific instruments, Roman artefacts and an anatomic teaching collection. I was really surprised that the entrance at the museum was free – which, by the way, is a very common thing here in Glasgow.
After having visited Glasgow University, I went on to explore the Kelvingrove Museum. It is an extraordinary building with two floors inside. You can find many different topics united under one roof: animals, paintings, furniture… After two hours I had to leave the building because they were closing – otherwise I would probably have stayed there even longer.
A bit later, in the evening, I met with two friends of mine and my girlfriend to have dinner in the city centre. We went to a place called “Mozza” and tried a pizza there. We were more than happy to have chosen that particular place. The food was delicious and the staff was extremely nice.
We had a great time there and reflected on the past days. Glasgow is a gorgeous place and I am really happy to have taken the opportunity to come here and to take a walk through the city, visiting the most important places and buildings. Time is nearly over and I will return to Austria tomorrow evening – I am looking forward to seeing you again GLASGOW.
Day 2 was an amazing experience. Our professor, Sarah Mercer, gave her wonderful and inspiring plenary speech. On day 3 we would see that her ideas were carried on by other speakers as well, such as Kieran Donaghy, who was talking about empathy in the classroom. One session that aprticularly caught my attention was a talk by Maria Diakou about the importance and usefulness of sotrytelling in the classroom. She explained how to create personal sotrybooks online in a very detailed manner, yet stressed the importance of bringing authentic material to the classroom, i.e. hard copies.
Another speaker that I can highly recommend is Adrian Underhill. His 30-minute talk passed too quickly, unfortunately. It was an incredibly well-prepared and entertaining talk in which he focused on how to draw students attention to their own pronunciation. He stressed that it was important to let students feel where sounds are produced in the mouth.
Finally, I would like to mention a talk by Sharon Hartle, a professor teaching in Verona, who talked about corpus use and exam preparation of B2 students in Verona. She presented two different corpora that can effectively be used in English classes, in order to provide students with a tool they can easily use to improve their writing. It was a gripping talk and it was really worth going there, since her ideas and her way of teaching and using materials truly appealed to me.
My name is Lukas Engl and I am currently in the seventh semester of the teaching degree for the subjects English and Italian. I am really looking forward to going to the conference, since this is a very special occasion to get into touch with ELT professionals from all over the world. I am extremely excited and I wonder what the conference will be like. Given that I have never been part of such a huge event in this particular field, I cannot wait to arrive in Glasgow and to take part in many highly interesting presentations and workshops.
Have a nice evening,