Paul Herron writes about his experience as a speaker and delegate at The Image Conference Brussels.
- What did you enjoy about The Image Conference?
There are very few events with such a positive atmosphere as the Image Conference. It’s a place where you can get in touch with other education professionals from all levels and from diverse backgrounds. So, networking is one of the most enriching factors. The cities and venues are appropriate and motivating as well.
- How was The Image Conference different from other conferences you’ve been to?
It’s like a breath of fresh air from the overly academic and institutionalized conferences that I’m used to. It’s unintimidating, down-to-earth and most of all, practical.
- Sum up your talk briefly.
My presentation was on the practical benefits of using guided visualizations, not only in one’s personal life, but more specifically in language classrooms. Guided imagery is a stress-free way to motivate and effectively teach a second language and help students reach their linguistic competence goals.
- What were the main discussion points to arise in The Image Conference?
Personally, my main concern is how to integrate all types of visual media (including imagery) in the L2 classroom due to the constraints that our institutions impose. Since the participants come from distinct educational levels, I imagine that the type of content and activities we use is also a topic that needs to be discussed further.
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