I have been formulating ideas about the Anglobubble for some time and had the first chance to present my initial musings – with a humorous take – at a regional language teachers conference in Wangaratta (Victoria) in 2012. The technology didn’t work quite as planned but people got the idea and there was a lot of laughing – and nodding in agreement. I have had the chance to find new clips and thoughts since then….
More recently. The AFMLTA asked me to present at their most recent national conference in Canberra in July 2013 – I took the whole thing a lot further – and the technology worked really well. The audience was great (language teachers are very accepting of humour – we need to be – given the many challenges we face in the English-speaking world). Emails from teachers followed and I started thinking about creating a dedicated blog.
A couple of weeks ago, at the kind invitation of the MLTAQ, I spoke in Brisbane at their inaugural award night for exemplary practice in language. It was a great event – 11 teachers were formally acknowledged for their success, and the Qld minister of education, the Hon John-Paul Langbroek, said some really positive things about languages education. I even managed to get the 1st blog post up in time. Pity I didn’t have any other content at the time!
This week I spoke at the Archdiocese of Sydney’s inaugural Language Teachers Colloquium – and again I was really impressed by the enthusiasm and work of the many participants there. The networking value of such an event for teachers is tremendous. I even managed to add a post beforehand about our amazing yoga-posing Italian-speaking chihuahua – so people had something to think about and look at after the talk as well. I’ve also been assured every single Italian teacher present at the event (and there were many) will have shown their students that clip the very next day. Go Pancho!
Yesterday I also gave another talk to Year 9 University High students about the benefits of languages – and the Anglobubble got a detailed talking about. The kids were great – they got the idea straightaway too.
Already I have learnt through all of this that humour (including some shameless dancing on my part) really works and can change attitudes. Technology remains a challenge (just as it sometimes does in the language classroom). Unexpected tech hitches of one kind or another have occurred on most occasions. Luckily with some patience on everyone’s part, we have been able to resolve them each time. But it all highlights why the blog is a handy repository for people to use and visit when they wish 🙂