There are so many things we look forward to about turning 18 but I had one very clear and urgent objective, which was getting my driver’s license. I associated it with freedom and discovery. The funny thing is, I didn’t know much about cars and nothing at all about how to manage one. I realized that the minute I sat in the driver’s seat for my first class. I had passed the theoretical part of the test with flying colours, but of course the books and the roads were completely different worlds. It turned out to be a greater challenge than I had anticipated and yet I learnt a lot about some very helpful tools for any learning process.
There are different reasons why people decide to start the long road to learn a language. The journey is long, and is full of unforeseen events that are overcome using various motivational reasons that give us strength to move forward. We are going to talk about some of them.
This talk will be a wrap up of the conference, pulling together key learning moments I experienced. I will share three things I learned, as a speaker and delegate, about empowering learners. Firstly, what did I learn through incidental exchanges with other delegates? Secondly, What key thread did I discover from talks I attended. And lastly, what did I learn from being at a conference where learners are involved in the programme? I will also share some ideas for acting on these learning moments. All too often we fail to capitalize on what we learn at conferences: how will I turn my learning into professional development?