Candy Fresacher, who looked at the importance of colour in language education, talks about her experience at the Image Conference in Valetta, Malta.
1. What did you enjoy about The Image Conference?
I liked the fact that it was a very specific conference that really dealt in detail with the visual in the EFL classroom. I also felt that the smaller amount of participants led to more intense discussions.
2. How was The Image Conference different from other conferences you’ve been to?
Because the conference was so specific it was easier to get more information in an area that is not always explored in such depth.
3. What were the main discussion points to arise in The Image Conference?
I felt my main take-away was that English teachers do not know enough about how to use visuals effectively in the classroom and that the knowledge given by the experts was super useful. So specific website information and online lesson plans made talking about how to use the visuals easier.
4. Where would you like to see the next edition of The Image Conference held?
I would be happy if it were in Vienna, Austria or one of our neighboring countries. Maybe it could be before the IATEFL-Hungary conference probably held in Budapest next year.
Candy Fresacher, Ph.D., is a teacher, teacher trainer and Chair of Teachers of English in Austria. She edited their ELT News and has published many articles including a chapter in the new book, Positive Psychology in SLA: “Why and How to Use Positive Psychology Activities in the Second Language Classroom”.