Reflections on authenticity in teaching and learning


20 musings and things heard and learnt

  1. Adrian Underhill can play the guitar and sing.  Opening plenary: ‘Reflective Practice Blues’ – only in TEFL, folks!
  2.  A difficulty is simple and associated with things and a mess is complex and associated with people.  In systemic thinking relationships between people are primary and things are secondary. To work with mess, relationships need to connect. Difficulties can be solved by managers but messes require leaders. In the age of post-heroic leadership, it is imperative to align our values and become more intelligent as a team. This is the only way we will continue to transform (Adrian Underhill).
  3. Tests as tools not weapons
  4. Marisha is the Polish for Maria.  Nice.
  5. Could students peer-test review tests or do them at home?  [cars screech to a halt] *(Marta Rosinska)
  6. Take (and/or your students) 10 photos over the weekend and start a Monday class with them.
  7. John Field looks a bit like Alec Guinness, without my glasses on.
  8. Listening tests are 3 times more demanding than real life (John Field)
  9. Quote of the conference goes to Scrivener: ‘you can wander naked through the Dogme forest if you want to.’  Thanks, Jim. I shall.
  10. Use bizarre pictures of plants, horses (real and plastic), flowers and window panes as ppt backgrounds.
  11. 21st February is International Mother Language day.
  12. Diana Laurillard is really good at designing graphics for learning processes.
  13. Positive Visualisation can be rather emotional.
  14. If you type <define:> plus word into Google, it will give you only definitions.  Does this work with other verbs? 
  15. What’s in Room 101? me…apparently.
  16. Luke Meddings and Lindsay Clandfield now have noticeable groupies.  Wait for the t-shirts! You go guys…
  17. Water was Wednesday’s metaphor… swimming in the ocean of language, dive into the language, language is like a river, it’s always changing…
  18. People love surprising statistics….lots of Oooos and aarhhhhs in response to Amanda Jeffries’ stats on average sentence length over time (and yes, they are getting shorter! By 32% no less! 
  19. The slave is never taught the language of the master (Foucault via Dr. Arifa Rahman)
  20. 3 tapas are too many for 1 person.
  21. Always take a bigger bag than you think you need.
  22. You always do more than you expected.

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