On March 23rd Adam Simpson started a chain reaction blog challenge. He chose three of this year's registered bloggers and introduced them in his blog. These bloggers in turn chose other registered bloggers and interviewed them... That was why Sylvia Guinan interviewed me (you can see my interview by following this link http://www.sylviasenglishonline.org/harrogate-online-interview-with-larissas-languages/)
After my interview I did not want to stop the chain reaction even though it was the last day of the conference so I decided to Facebook Adam and ask him if he was available to answer a few questions about his experience in Harrogate. Well, he was so kind to reply and here you are some food for thought.
1 - Please introduce yourself
Hi. My name’s Adam and I’m an English teacher in Istanbul. I’ve lived here for nearly fifteen years and I work in the preparatory English program at Sabanci University. Also, I blog about my teaching experiences quite regularly, as well as being an avid believer in the importance of classroom research.
2 - Could you tell us why you were interested in blogging for IATEFL Harrogate?
I tried to do it last year and failed miserably. Anyone who has ever been to IATEFL will tell you what a fantastic social experience it is. Once you’ve attended, it’s not see easy to watch and report from afar. I’m trying to make amends this year.
What areas of the conference were you interested in?
This event is huge… seriously, it’s unbelievably big. Prioritizing is a must, although attending friends’ sessions is also important to me, but getting more and more difficult with each passing year!
3 - What are you going to bring back from the conference?
Physically, I will be bringing back lots of my favourite goodies. I’m originally from the Harrogate area, so this is a great opportunity to stock up on the food I miss from home. Mentally, I know I have experienced some fantastic knowledge sharing from people who I respect greatly in our profession. It will be great to reflect on what I’ve learned and nurture professional contacts around these experiences.
4 - Could you tell us three adjectives to describe your experience at IATEFL Harrogate?
5 - You were interviewed about your blog by Ann Foreman and Paul Braddock, is there anything else you would like to add?
It was a pleasure to have the chance to discuss blogging with Ann and Paul, as I’m a huge fan of what they do online with the BC TeachingEnglish site. Working indirectly with them has been hugely beneficial and they’re doing a great job of building an online community of language teachers. If you’ve listened to Sandy and I talk about blogging, I’d also recommend a couple of other interviews: there’s this interview with Paul and Ann http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2014/sessions/2014-04-02/interview-paul-braddock-and-ann-foreman in which they discuss their work, and there’s this one with Willy Cardoso, James Taylor and Katherine Bilsborough http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2014/sessions/2014-04-03/interview-james-taylor-willy-cardoso-and-katherine-bilsborough in which they talk about the role of blogging in ELT. I’m a strong believer in the importance of blogging and if it’s something that also interests you, these interviews are essential viewing.
It is my deep honour to post this interview. I admire Adam because of his continuous research about the classroom settings and dynamics. Adam's ideas are brilliant and you can easily adapt them to your students' needs.