15th – British Council, London – Ten quotes talk
A really nice talk, with a really lively audience. A video of the talk will be available on the British Council website eventually.
4th-8th – Bolzano, Italy – teacher training
A really good four days training teachers. Made me realise that I don’t do enough of this kind of thing.
23rd – Istanbul, Turkey – Cevre conference
As usual, the Cevre conference was well-organised and the audience was really good.
9th – Izmir, Turkey – ITK conference
I love visiting Izmir and the teachers were great, as usual. This time, I had to race off so I could attend the Bilgi Student Conference in Istanbul the next day.
10th – Istanbul, Student conference, Bilgi University
What a beautiful campus! Really nice conference in a really interesting building.
15th-16th – TESOL Arabia, Dubai
My first visit to the UAE and I really enjoyed presenting at TESOL. It was also good to be able to stay on and do some extra presentations for smaller groups.
Doing the workshops in Fujairah, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi gave me a much better idea of the working conditions of regular teachers. I was especially impressed by the imaginative women teachers that I met.
18th/19th/20th – workshops in Fujairah, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi workshop
8th-12th – IATEFL UK, Liverpool, UK
Really enjoyed this IATEFL. In addition to doing my Listening workshop, I also hosted the Failure Fest. Here, looking apprehensive, are ‘volunteers’ Rakesh Bhanot, Willie Cardoso, Jeremy Harmer, Herbert Puchta, Andy Cowle, Valeria Franca and Chia Suan Chong. Bethany Cagnol also took part.
23rd-27th – training workshops, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Really interesting visit to Rostov-on-Don and Novocherkassk for a series of conferences.
27th-28th – ISTEK conference, Istanbul, Turkey
The best ISTEK conference yet (and they’ve all been good). Highlight the talk given by Sugata Mitra, the hole-in-the-wall computer guy.
8th/15th/22nd – Drama workshops, International House, London
I had wanted to do some real teaching at International House this year, but I didn’t have enough consecutive weeks when I could do that. Instead I did some training workshops for the teachers, including about 20 Korean teachers who were doing a course there.
A somewhat unexpected invitation to do three conferences for teachers in Havana. Not the easiest place to be a teacher, but I encountered lots of enthusiasm while I was there.
8th – ELT Forum, Bratislava, Slovakia – talk and workshop
It was great to be back in Slovakia after a nearly ten-year absence. As usual, I was bowled over by the enthusiastic response. Great to hook up with Chuck Sandy again.
21st – European Commission, Brussels
Dede and I were invited to do a language development workshop for people who work at the EC. A bold and imaginative initiative by our friend Anna Varna – we wish her luck with future events.
1st-5th – Summer school, Kopaonik, Serbia
My third summer school for the English Book – by far the best of the three venues. Great to work with Ozge Karaoglu and Tim Bowen.
23rd – Oxford University Summer School, Exeter College, Oxford UK
Another inspiring bunch of teachers at Exeter College. I think Adrian Underhill has to take great credit for the team spirit he creates among the very diverse group of people who attend this course.
6th-7th – Malta ELT conference, Valetta, Malta
Malta, and Valetta in particular, was an unexpected delight. Malta is of course a thriving ELT destination for students from all over the world, so the teachers at the conference were teaching Brazilians, Chinese etc in their normal classes.
23rd-26th, Lima, Trujillo, Peru – Smart Choice presentations
27th-28th Idiomas Catolica-SBS T Development conference, Lima
5th Guayaquil, Ecuador
12th/13th Conference, Prevesa, Greece
1st-3rd – workshops in Yerevan, Armenia
16th/17th – 2-day workshop, Tehran, Iran
Extraordinary 2-day event organised by the Hermes Language School chain; I did two 3-hour presentations in the morning, and Hermes teachers did mini 10-minute presentations in the afternoon.
Regional JALT events, Japan
1st – Hiroshima
3rd – Nagoya
4th – Osaka
7th – Okayama
8th – Tottori