As I’m sure all of you who are involved with ELT are aware, the rather special ISTEK conference took place at the Yeditepe University campus in Istanbul last weekend. I have asked Luke Meddings, a regular speaker at ELT conferences who was at ISTEK for the first time, to write me a guest blog about his experiences. He’s promised it ASAP. 😛
In the meantime, I present for you some of the emails I received from participants who attended my talk Ten Things I Think I Know About Teaching (and Learning). I don’t do conference handouts any more, so if people want the contents of the talk, they have to email me and I send them a word doc.
I get a bigger – and warmer – response to this request after speaking in Turkey than I do in any other country.
But there is a task! 😛
Below are fourteen of the emails I received, written by participants from Turkey and five other countries. Only one of them was written by a native speaker. So the task is
SPOT THE NATIVE SPEAKER
Dear Mr. Wilson,
I thank you so much for the amazing and enjoyable presentation full of facts as opposed to what course books say all the time 🙂
It was a huge honour to be in your session.
You always welcome to Turkey.
You might have a flight soon. If yes, have a very nice flight.
Hi Mr. Wilson,
I listened you at Çevre College last month, and today in ISTEK ELT. I think I am lucky to have chance to listen you and attend your session.
Thank you for sharing and your help.
I listened to your session this weekend in Yeditepe University, Istanbul. You promised to send the Power Point presentation notes. So if you would care to send a reply to my mail (with the attachment of course), I would really appreciate it and I could share these ideas with my colleagues here at school, which will help us a lot.
Thank you very much and I really enjoyed listening to you. Hope to see you again.
Have a nice week.
I attended your session on Sunday, Apr 3rd, and would like to receive soft copies of your presentation.
Thank you very much for the wonderful session 🙂
I was at Istek conference last weekend and in your session as well. It was wonderful. I really enjoyed it. Could you send the presentation? I would like to share them with my friends at school who didn’t have the chance of coming to the conference.
Dear Mr. Wilson,
I have attended to your keynote session on the 3rd of April. Thanks for sharing your experience and ideas with us. Could you please send me your presentation.
Thank you for your concern.
Dear Mr Wilson,
I’m writing to thank you for a really entertaining Sunday afternoon. I hope you enjoyed your time at Yeditepe as much as I did. You mentioned that you would be willing to forward your notes from the presentation so may I thank you in advance for this.
Should you ever find yourself in Izmir, please get in touch, as I’d love to show you around our school and the city.
Dear Mr Wilson,
It was so inspiring and rewarding to be able to attend your session at İSTEK Conference. Thanks a lot.
I’d like to have your presentation if it wouldn’t cause you too much trouble.
Dear Mr. Wilson;
I am one of the attendants of the presentation you gave on Sunday at Yeditepe University. I am also the one who couldn’t get up because of the crowd when you wanted us, the people under 25, to stand up 🙂 (I have a problem with my age)
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed our company as much as we did yours. It has been a great pleasure being there and meeting you.
This is my first year as a teacher and I could really use some help so I was wondering if you could send me you presentation as you said you would.
I am looking forward to it.
Could you please share your presentation from ISTEK sesssion with me? I’d very appreciate that, and MANY THANKS again for a wonderful conference experience!
Thanks to ISTEK schools giving us this opportunity to get together, share our ideas and get new ideas. We had wonderful time in there, met with different people from different parts of the world and from different backgrounds and experiences.
Thank you Ken for your lovely smile and great ideas that you shared with us. If it’s possible I would be really happy to get your presentation Ken. If it’s possible please send me an e-mail.
Have a nice day.
I will be so happy if you send me your talk or the source that i can read about.
I’m looking forward to your next session.
Hi Dear Ken,
First of all thank you for your great talk at ISTEK last week. It was a great pleasure for me to be there. Would you please send me your powerpoint slides that you presented at the conference?
Thanks in advance.
Dear Mr Wilson,
I attended your talk at ISTEK conference. I am sure you don’t remember me even though I was sitting on the stairs during your talk. You had full house and even Scott Thornbury had nowhere to sit- it made me feel so special that I was there chairless too. What is more, I hope you haven’t spotted me mending my tights with nail polish during your talk. I just had to act immediately because the ladder could become bigger. My Greatest apologies for that disrespecting behaviour.
Would you be so kind so as to send me the notes from your talk? I would be delighted if your answer was positive. I am sure I will benefit from reading them and putting your ideas into practice. Hopefully my students too.
I promise to behave next time during your presentation. Look forward to it.