Teacher, trainer and materials writer Samantha Lewis talks about her experience as a speaker and delegate at The Image Conference Córdoba. Thank you to Samantha for her great answers.
1. What did you enjoy about The Image Conference?
It was a chance to come away with lots of practical, creative ideas and thought-provoking at the same time. There was a wide range of talks and a great opportunity to hear and meet some fantastic speakers. I particularly liked the fact the slots were shorter in length (45 minutes) as it meant that participants could attend more talks during the day. Great lunch too!
2. How was The Image Conference different from other conferences you’ve been to?
The main difference is that all the talks are centred on the same theme, albeit with a variety of slants. So, if you’re interested in using images, you’re spoilt for choice of which talks to attend and guaranteed to come away inspired.
3. What were the main discussion points to arise in The Image Conference?
Images are central to our society today, so let’s find ways of bringing the classroom and the real world closer together by putting them at the centre of language learning. Our students need to learn visual literacy skills to prepare them for our image-bombarded world in the 21st century.
4. Are there any practical activities you saw in The Image Conference which you’re going to use in your classes?
Absolutely! I came away with hundreds of creative and innovative ideas from using picture collage tools to ways of exploiting film clips in class. I teach mainly young teens, so I’m always interested in discovering new teen-friendly resources.
5. Where would you like The Image Conference to be held in the future?
Anywhere I can get to!