IATEFL is imminent
This year, as I am not giving a session at the main conference, I’ve thought it would be nice to contribute to the IATEFL experience in a couple of different ways.
- I have signed up to be an IATEFL Online Registered Blogger. This is an initiative that ties in with the British Council Online coverage of the conference, which will be available at the website for Harrogate Online. I think this first started to happen in 2012 at the conference in Glasgow. Basically, the idea is that ELT bloggers interested in taking part in the online coverage register to do this, and they promise to cover parts of the online video content that will be put on by the British Council team in the form of live-streamed plenaries, videoed sessions and interviews throughout the main conference. I’ve decided that I’m going to try and live-blog at least one of the plenary sessions, that is I will be writing about the session as it happens and the web page that I use for this will ‘auto-refresh’ every minute or so. I’m hoping that I’ll end up with something more like this kind of live reporting you can find about football matches on sites like The Guardian. Look out for a link to live blogs in the menu at the top of my blog homepage.
- The second way that I’m getting involved is by being an unofficial photographer for the Teacher Development Special Interest Group’s pre conference event. You might have followed a link to some of my photography on Instagram or perhaps even to my new site that I have set up for sharing my photos, mjhfoto. I’m very keen to be involved, particularly as I am actually a new member of the TDSIG this year. The pre conference event looks particularly intellectually appetising.
If you’re taking part in IATEFL, whether a speaker or a delegate, whether in person in Harrogate or virtually online, I hope you have a great conference!