Frank McGirr writes about his experience as a speaker and delegate at The Image Conference Brussels.
- What did you enjoy about The Image Conference?
Meeting and listening to teachers who integrate visual arts in language learning. I work at an institution where most teachers stick rigidly to course books. While attempting to meet the diverse needs of individual students, in a variety of countries, course books aim for average with the result that they are both uninspiring and ineffective at nurturing language acquisition. Teachers who recognize this show a level of independence and creativity that I find refreshing to be around. The Image Conference was a great opportunity to meet and hear other teachers talk about how, and why, they use images in the classroom.
- How was The Image Conference different from other conferences you’ve been to?
The focus on film and images seems to attract more creative, independent thinkers who tend to be open to new ideas and approaches
- Sum up your talk briefly.
Film is the richest resource available to language learners, and it should be a central component on all language courses