Teaching through the pandemic
When the pandemic came, there was a rush within the ELT industry to move online. Learning management systems, video conferencing software, digital flashcards went from being helpful and complementary to fundamental. What would once have been seen as innovative was suddenly indispensable.
As it was all kicking off in 2020, as an organisation we did what we could to support our members and the teaching community with the transition:
- In March: James, Anita and Sean ran a free webinar to help teachers get to grips with Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Flipgrid.
- In April: Neil and Myles discussed their experiences for an SLB podcast episode.
- In June: Simon and Myles surveyed the impact it had on language teachers in Barcelona during the first lockdown.
Two years on, with widespread Zoom-weariness and Moodle-madness, it’s worth reflecting on our shared experiences. How have we fared? What has worked? What hasn’t? What should we keep? What still needs to change?
So, with this as a premise, we’re really excited to announce our first face-to face, public event since ‘the before times’!
Public event: Post-Pandemic Teaching
Where? Barcelona city centre (TBC)
When? Friday 1st July // 7:00pm-9:00pm
This is face-to-face event is a chance to touch base with like-minded members of Barcelona’s teaching community. Compare your experience, make new connections and exchange ideas.
Open doors: The Speakers
We’ll start the event with a series of short talks:
|Neil McMillan||“Welcome Back“|
Neil, president of SLB, will welcome everyone and give a brief overview of the Coop, past and present.
|Helen Armstrong||“Closures and chaos“|
Interview with Helen Armstrong, ex-employee of International House Barcelona, which announced its closure in September 2020.
|James Venner||“Adapting to change“|
James, SLB secretary, will discuss his experience of adapting to ‘the new normal’ in the context of higher education.
|Geoff Jordan||“English Language Teaching Now and How It Could Be.”|
Honorary SLB member, Geoff Jordan, will present the key takeaways from his recent book co-authored with Mike Long.
After this, there’ll be plenty of time to ask questions and chat with other participants.
How to register
The event is free of change, but you’ll need to register on the event page (via the button below).
Don’t leave it too late – spaces are limited!
Finally, check out our Twitter page to find out how take part in our GIF competition!…and be in with a chance of winning a copy of Geoff Jordan and Mike Long’s book “English Language Teaching Now and How It Could Be.”