Some of us spent their thursday evening indulging in a cultural experience of a very unique kind. On that night’s agenda was a play, namely by Noel Coward, carrying the title “Hay Fever”. In very orderly manner we strolled down to the Citizens Theater where a very enticing atmosphere was welcoming us. We didn’t have long until the play would start so we made our way to the seating area and waited for the lights to go out & the show to go on! As some of us were left a little puzzled, and by that I don’t mean any less enthralled, I have decided to gather some information regarding the play (I don’t know about you, but occasionally I had a hard time understading that delightful scottish accent of theirs, so for those who are interested in why they laughed when they laughed and for those who are merely interested in what the “other” group was doing that night, please keep reading ;-).
The type of play was undoubtedly a comedy of manners and plays in an English country house in the 1920s, housing the four eccentric members of the Bliss family: Judith Bliss, a retired actress, her writer husband David, and their two grown-up children, Simon and Sorel. They each invite a guest over for the weekend. Although Judith is no longer performing on stage, the weekend seems to become her own private play, her family assisting her. Throughout the weekend they behave in an eccentric and over the top manner constantly seeking to provoke a dramatic reaction from each other. As the weekend proceeds, each invited guest pairs up with another person. This ultimately drives away their scared and bewildered invitees and they flee, going unnoticed by the Bliss family as they are having “just another argument” about David’s book.
I have to admit, that I have never seen quite such a play. Gaining insight into a dysfunctional family being completely oblivious to their ill-mannered behaviour is not often performed to such an extend on stage! Of what I caught in the scottish accent was hilarious, the rest is left to my imagination. 😉
Today was our second day at the conference! Having already gained a little bit of an overview, and knowing what the lectures and sessions look like, we knew what was going to await us, and ooooh were we in for a treat..
The day started off with a (wonderful!!!) plenary talk by Mrs. Mercer! Oh and here she is:
It was inspiring, how social relationships build the springboard to the sea of motivation and how mutual respect and trust form their fundamental principles! I also really liked how she emphasized that teachers need to concentrate more about the positive aspects and strengths of students than getting wound up in all the negativity!
Our next session was on creative use of language through humor! As the title already promised: It was the funniest lecture so far! We learned a little bit about acronyms and droodles and how it may enhance the class atmosphere along with motivation, which leads us straight into the next session: A rather theory centered approach on how to motivate our students! To be perfectly honest with you guys, it was a dry presentation and unfortunately contained no practical advice, which is a shame when considering a topic such as motivation, although the distinction between motivation and engagement was interesting!
The last session we got to participate in was on the development of practical theory by no one other than our beloved Mrs. Ulla Fürstenberg! It was nice hearing about our own courses as many of us have already participated in some of them, additionally to finding out about how they have evolved in the last few years!
After our day at the conference we decided to hit the city! We walked quite far and visited the Glasgow Cathedral and the City Hall, which were impressive and totally worth the afternoon powerwalk sightseeing stroll of 8.87 km (which are approximately 5.51 miles for all you curious minds out there)!
Last but not least, to our dearest utterly greatest Glasgow, thank you for being once again such a wonderful host and offering us another unforgettable and inspiring day! 🙂
I have never been to an ELT Conference. I have never been to Glasgow. I have never even been to Scotland… words fail to express how thrilled & excited I am to go on this little adventure!!! I am beyond glad that we are offered this unique opportunity to learn more about ELT teaching at the IATEFL Conference and at the same time may immerse ourselves in a completely different culture! Glasgow darling, here we come!!! 🙂