OK, so in the last week, this blog has massively increased it’s readership (great thanks to all who shared the post on Coursebooks).
I gave my presentation at MEES Michinoku at Hachinohe Gakuin University and found it wasn’t as contentious as I thought it might have been. I have no scars from things being thrown at me. I also got the chance to meet a lot of cool people and I saw some interesting presentations with practical application to my classroom practice. Of particular note was John Campbell-Larsen’s plenary about discourse/conversation analysis and corpus findings about common speech and conversation. There was two particularly fascinating sections on backchannelling and evaluating in conversations that have helped my students in the last few days.
The slides from my presentation are here if you want to have a look at them, and there may be even a YouTube later so you can see just how nervous I felt!