I had a great time at the Shikoku JALT Conference in Tokushima yesterday. Great crowd, some interesting presentations, and a nice dinner to finish off.
As promised, here are the slides from my talk: 1506 JALT Shikoku
Hope to make it back down here sometime for a bike tour of the island!
I’ll be giving a presentation tomorrow at the Annual Shikoku JALT Conference in Tokushima. Details are here.
My presentation is at 13:50 in room 302, on Integrating Presenting Skills into the Classroom. Very meta indeed.
Hope to see some of you there.
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!
I was delighted to deliver the opening plenary for VUS TESOL in Ho Chi Minh City last weekend.
The conference was held at the City Conference Hall and was very well-attended.
I had to be there at 7:00 to set up before the opening ceremony at 8:00. The hall was incredible, it felt a bit like a rock concert with the two tiers of seats and the spotlights.
I started a bit late so had to trim my talk a little on the fly (ended up talking for about 40 minutes instead of the planned 60).
Overall I wasn’t completely happy with my performance. Giving a plenary is very different from a workshop or presentation, and this was my first one of this scale. I felt I was a bit rushed and had too much content, which means that I wasn’t able to fully develop some of the main ideas.
Still, it wasn’t completely horrible. I would probably give myself six or seven out of ten, and try to do better next time.
I’d like to thank everyone who came to the conference, and especially everyone who came and talked to me. It was great to meet you all.