17th – British Council, London
Very enjoyable talk to an enthusiastic audience – can now be seen on video via the British Council website – bit.ly/zgQfiZ
1st – Cultura Inglesa, Rio de Janeiro
Noisy enjoyable plenary for 650 CI teachers, then drama workshop for about 200
3rd – Cultura Inglesa, Brasilia
Same again in Brasilia, 200 in main talk, about 150 in drama workshop
4th – Cultura Inglesa, Goiania/BraTESOL Goiania
Motivation talk for smaller but equally enthusiastic group of 40 teachers, then a BrazTESOL drama workshop in the evening
25th – Cevre conference, Istanbul
The Cevre conference is always a great way to start the European conference season – partly because I usually do talks for the first time here. So it was this year – I did my ‘Ten Quotes to make you think’ talk. I think it was OK.😛
2nd – ITK conference, Izmir
This is the biggest ELT conference of the year in Izmir and I think this was the second (possibly third) time I’ve done it. Last time, the format was four straight plenaries. This time there were three plenary speakers – Luke Prodromou, Jeremy Harmer and me – and then a slot for workshops. A much better format, IMHO.
19th-23rd IATEFL Conference, Glasgow
Well, what can you say about Glasgow?? It’s a city with an identifiable character, a tough, post-industrial feel about it, and a great atmosphere. The Conference Centre was very well equipped, although a bit too far out of town for my liking. I did my Ten quotes talk for the second time, and it went down pretty well.
1st – BESIG webinar, done from my office
Stepping outside my comfort zone, I had agreed to do a webinar from the comfort of my own office for the Business English Special Interest Group. I told them that I know nothing about teaching Business English, but they said that they were a broad church, and happy for all sorts of input. It went well, and there were a maximum of 61 people in the room at any one time. Doesn’t sound like a lot of people, but it’s a record for a BESIG webinar.😛
14th – Student conference – Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
This was an excellent conference, completely organised by the students of two universities, and took place on the campus of one of them, Boğaziçi University. Really enjoyable feel to it.
18th-22nd – HUPE conference, Opatija
If the Boğaziçi conference had the most enthusiastic organisers, this one had the most enthusiastic participants. Two very lively talks here. Wish I could go to Opatija every year in early spring!
26th-27th – Joint IATEFL SIG conference: With or without Technology, at Yeditepe University
On the same campus as the wonderful ISTEK conferences, and organised locally by the same team headed by Burcu Akyol, this was a really enjoyable weekend, with some great input from plenary speakers Gavin Dudeney, Lindsay Clandfield, Brendan Wightman and especially JJ Wilson, currently my selection as best ELT plenary speaker anywhere. Such a pity that he hides away in the mountains of New Mexico for so much of the year. I did a new talk called ‘Is Anybody Listening?’, which was live-streamed and which I hope will be available for viewing soon.
6th-7th – IATEFL conference, Eger
The most fun-filled IATEFL Hungary conference that I can remember. I did a plenary talk and a Listening workshop.
13th-14th – JALT, Hamamatsu
My fourth JALT conference and easily the most enjoyable. Not sure if this is because JALT is getting more chilled out, or if I’m coming to grips with the different requirements of doing talks there.
16th – Drama event, Nagoya
Very excited that I shared the stage with the amazing Carolyn Graham.
20th – KOTESOL, Seoul
22nd-26th – Smart Choice promotional tour
10th English Book Oxford Day, Belgrade
There were 1,200 people at the English Book Oxford Day. This is the biggest audience I have ever spoken to.
1st-2nd – Wired In, Wired Out conference, Istanbul