I have to say that Glasgow is really one of the best cities I’ve ever been to! The first good thing was that the weather was not as bad as we thought J. The city is really beautiful due to its mixture of old and new buildings. We visited many interesting sights: The Lighthouse, the Glasgow Cathedral and the Necropolis, the University of Glasgow and its museums and chapels, the Mackintosh house and museum and the People’s Palace. IT WAS AMAZING!
In order to go from one museum to the other we drove with the tourist bus and enjoyed the fresh (but windy!) air of Glasgow. What I really like about the city is that the people there are ALL so friendly and helpful; for example, one man told us the way without us even asking, or another offered to take a picture for us and even gave me his wallet (I should hold it while he took the picture). We lived in an AirBnB apartment and our host Alistair was also super-friendly and we had a lot of fun when we met him! I think we have found the best place to gout in Glasgow, namely the Pub “Pot Still”.
It is a nice little pub in Hope Street and it offers so many different kinds of whiskey and beer. People meet there and enjoy a drink together. For us it represents the real Scottish culture. Talking about culture I won’t forget to mention the Kilts. They may look a little bit weird for us, but they are really cool!
All in all, Glasgow was an amazing experience, academically as well as culturally, and I am happy to have been a part of this IATEFL journey.
At first I didn’t know what to expect from this experience. I knew from the beginning that we would learn many new things such as teaching strategies and different approaches to teaching in general. Just on the first day we had a very interesting plenary talk by Gabriel Diaz Maggioli in which he talked about teacher training. What I especially liked about this was the concept of “Utopia”: Utopia is like the horizon and no matter how many steps we make towards it, we won’t reach it. But in fact it’s not about reaching it but about going further. By this he means to develop constantly as a teacher. I have to say that I was in general really amazed by the plenary speeches because of their great approaches and ideas. What I really liked about Sarah Mercer’s talk was that she really presented those theories that she applies in her own teaching at university. I totally agree with her when she says that a good teacher-learner relationship is highly important for an effective learning process. Another point I agree with is that teachers also need to take care of themselves – meaning they shouldn’t forget that they are important as well. As teachers we should try to stay happy and healthy in order to be a friendly and helpful facilitator for the learners. Another talk that really inspired me was by J. J. Wilson. He is a really great character and I think he is an awesome teacher. He talked about social justice and how to reach it and I think that his approach is really helpful. I am also of the opinion that cultural and social issues/problems can be solved with stories, poems, images, literature and dance. To sum up, I can only say that the conference gave me the opportunity to talk to so many people from so many different countries and that definitely encouraged me to develop further as a future teacher and “TO KEEP GOING”.
I have never been to Scotland before! I am very excited about what we are going to learn at the conference. I hope I will get to know many new teaching perspectives and an insight into new, interesting and useful methods. I am, of course, also very excited about the city! I am very curious what the city looks like and about the Scottish people, but I am convinced that they are all very nice. I am sure that it will definitely be an awesome experience!