Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Tamara Jones
ESL Instructor, Howard Community College
It’s almost that time of year again! That special, exciting time of year when all ESL/EFL teachers’ minds turn to thoughts of … conferences! Well, maybe it’s just me. I have to confess, I just love attending teaching conferences, both big and small. Lucky for me, the conference season is just around the corner. TESOL is holding their annual conference in Toronto, Canada on the 25th to 28th of March, and, for those of us on the other side of the pond, the IATEFL Conference is scheduled for April 11th to 14th in Manchester, UK. There are also heaps of local offerings, as well, over the next few months; this means that almost everyone will have the opportunity to access professional development in the near future.
I know what you are thinking. Conferences can be expensive to attend, especially the big, international ones, what with transportation, accommodation and the conference fees. Many programs are facing budget cuts and there may not be money to fund all those who want to attend. I can relate. In fact, in the past 14 years, since I first attended a TESOL conference in St Louis,
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