Bruno Leys writes about his experience as a speaker and delegate at The Image Conference Brussels.
- What did you enjoy about The Image Conference?
The people, the talks and above all the unique atmosphere and positive vibes I felt all through the conference.
- How was The Image Conference different from other conferences you’ve been to?
I realise that this was part due to the unprecedented circumstances, but at the same time it was just wonderful to see how this was a kind of self-regulating conference. Room changes, timing, technical stuff and so on all rolled flawlessly thanks to all delegates’ and speakers’ positive involvement.
- Sum up your talk briefly.
My talk focused on using images, pictures with samples of real language as a tool for grammar teaching, rather than the sometimes sterile and artificial coursebook exercises sentences. I introduced, and we tried out a series of activities based on such images. I referred to the hashtag #reallyrealgrammar that I and some others use to share images, containing samples of languages that can be used for this purpose.
- What were the main discussion points to arise in The Image Conference?
I especially felt that this was a group of equal-minded professionals, all seeing the benefits of working with images, film, visuals in language teaching, as a tool, but probably also as a goal in itself.