Just getting ready for the 44th TESOL Spain Convention.  Of course, it’ll be different this year, as it’s going to be virtual.  And that’s a real shame, in some ways.  I’ll miss the buzz of conventions, catching up with old mates and colleagues, meeting new people, getting new ideas.  (Or at least being reminded of things that you used to do but had forgotten about!)

But I’m also really interested to see how it’ll go, as it’s my first virtual conference.  All the gang at TESOL Spain have done sterling work in getting it up and running in these trying times.  We’re going to be doing it on a virtual conference platform called Whova.  (As far as I know it’s pronounced the same as ‘hover’.)  Whova’s integrated with Zoom, so not only do you get all of the VC features but a host more, and it looks really slick.  (Just for the record, I’m in no way affiliated with the company!)

As well as the conference speakers, there are loads of good sessions on the menu.  And our mate,  the talented Chris Roland, will be giving us a whistle-stop tour of his key principles for teaching online.  His focus will be on groups of primary and teenage students.  All in all, there are more than 70 talks over 2 weekends (6/7th and 13th/14th March).  It’s possible to register until Thursday 4th,  and it only costs 35€.  Just go to: https://www.tesolspainmadrid2021.com/ 

Here’s a one-minute video summarising what I’m going to be talking about.  Hope to see you there!

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