Katherine Stannett writes about her experience as a speaker and delegate at The Image Conference Brussels.
- What did you enjoy about The Image Conference?
The opportunity to meet teachers, writers and teacher trainers who had interesting and innovative ideas about how to use images in English Language Teaching
- How was The Image Conference different from other conferences you’ve been to?
All the sessions I attended were genuinely useful and introduced some concepts that were completely new to me. Audiences were fully engaged and there was a positive atmosphere and supportive exchange of ideas throughout the conference.
- Sum up your talk briefly.
I spoke about how we can use images to engage students and teach them about real lives and real stories from around the world. I gave practical suggestions for language exploitation and directed teachers to online sites where they could legally source free images.
- What were the main discussion points to arise in The Image Conference?
Visual literacy and how to identify different stages of visual understanding.
Multimodality approach to communicative skills
Use of image / art / video as a motivational tool
Grammar taught in coursebooks vs grammar as it is actually seen in real life (posters, notices, etc.)