This was my third IATEFL conference, and I finally felt less like a beginner. Weak pre-intermediate, perhaps.
Looking back now, I am sure it was worth the hassle of travelling, the expense of tickets and hotel, the nerves of getting ready to speak in front of an unknown audience.
It’s not just about the workshops and talks, even though I did my best to attend as many as I could. After all, you can watch some online, and read about many of the others.
It’s not just about another opportunity to spend time in a country I love – though who am I trying to fool? 🙂
It’s not just about discussions in the breaks and networking, and not only about seeing old friends, though very much so.
It’s about the atmosphere, the unique background against which all the rest was happening.
Ok, call me an idealist, but you are among thousands of colleagues who are keen on their jobs, open to new ideas, seeking answers to their questions. It heightens your perception, makes everything you hear more memorable and exciting, builds new neural connections. A year’s worth of professional development in one week!
So, for me IATEFL 2018 was just the same as IATEFL 2016 and 2017, or multiple local IATEFLs in Ukraine, or the Teaching Skills Forum in Jordan, or translation seminars at writers’ conventions I used to attend: absolutely amazing. And this concludes my conference series for now.