Teacher, teacher-trainer, researcher and writer Jade Blue talks about her experience at the Image Conference in Lisbon.
What did you enjoy about The Image Conference?
It was so inspiring and rewarding to be part of an event with such a fantastic line up of talks, and be able to connect and spend time with like-minded people who share the same passions.
How was The Image Conference different from other conferences you’ve been to?
Because The Image Conference explores a particular area of ELT, the focus of the talks and workshops feels far more tailored to the participants’ interests than some other conferences. It’s an event that I, like so many speakers and participants I met at the conference, feel was made for me.
Sum up your talk briefly.
A practical workshop addressing how the act of drawing differs from merely looking at an image and how drawing to generate rather than transcribe ideas leads to deeper understanding.
What were the main discussion points to arise in The Image Conference?
The conference and many of the discussions at the event centered around vital issues in contemporary ELT, such as developing learners’ visual literacy skills, critical thinking, and fostering empathy in an increasingly hostile world – dialogues that need to be had and ideas that need to be shared, but that are rarely given the attention they deserve at other events.