Was actually really good
This year I was again lucky enough to be able to attend the JALT National Conference in Tsukuba. It’s no secret that I prefer the intimate, geeky atmosphere of the Pan-SIG conference to the sprawling opulence of the national, and to be honest I wasn’t super-excited about going to Tsukuba. The dearth of transport links meant taking the shinkansen down to Tokyo, then the Tsukuba Express back up to Tsukuba. Grumble grumble.
However, I was wrong this year about both the conference (which was excellent) and Tsukuba (which I ended up liking quite a bit). Humble pie for brunch today.
So what was so good about this year’s conference? As a predictable blogger, I have a list for you:
- the venue was fantastic. Compact, clean, and easy to navigate, it was pretty close to perfect
- lots of people came to my presentation on Saturday evening, despite the unsociable time slot
- I somehow managed to attend a really good selection of presentations (and one truly awful one, but we won’t go into that)
- as usual, the conversations in the hallway were just as good as the presentations, and I came away with some really good ideas
- central Tsukuba (well, the bit around the venue) was pretty good: nice restaurants, a decent bar, and lots of trees
- I only managed to see one plenary (Thomas Farrell on reflective teaching) but it was excellent
So I may have to rethink my attitude towards the national conference. I guess the more people you know the better it becomes in aggregate, and I’m starting to feel like I know most of the people at JALT 🙂
Next year’s conference is in Shizuoka again. O-tanoshimi da ne!