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June 2014 calendar update

Just as I’d planned, I attended the second annual TETA conference in June. As Dijana Markovic Hajdarhodzic, acting president of TETA, wrote to me in her invitation letter, this association is the driving force of English teachers in Bosnia-Hercegovina – and indeed it is!

The conference was held in Tuzla, a pretty town in the North-Eastern part of the country. You may have read in the papers that the Tuzla region was very badly damaged by floods in May, and there was a danger that the conference would have to be cancelled. However, the organisers and the participants, mostly primary and secondary school teachers, didn’t budge.

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2014 – looking back and looking ahead

The annual IATEFL conference in Harrogate (a town between Leeds and York) was a pleasure to attend. And not only because I was elected Vice President with a show of hands, but also because I had the pleasure to attend several sessions, including four plenaries. My favourite was Sugata Mitra’s plenary, who spoke about his exhilarating experiments about how computers can do the job of the teacher. I think a few participants got his message wrong, complaining that Sugata would wish to get rid of teachers altogether. Not so! What he was suggesting was that children who are deprived of having teachers available in rural India (and in many other remote places in the world) may well learn a lot from the internet and also from one another.

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2014 – looking ahead

My 2014 calendar is pretty full – as you can see below.

The first conference I attended this year was the International House Director of Studies Conference in January. I gave the opening plenary to a well-packed audience. Sadly, I could afford to spend only two days so I had no more than a couple of hours to marvel at the beautiful sights of Greenwich where the conference was held. Chief Operating Officer Lucy Horsefield – thanks a lot for the invitation.

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