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TESOL France’s 29th annual colloquium

TESOL France organized a fabulous 29th annual colloquium, with inspiring workshops, lectures, and an opportunity to network. David Crystal and his family put on an amazingly humorous "language play." He entertained us with "From Scrabble to Babble," and Ken Wilson, Russell Stannard, John Corbett, Damian Corcoran, Dennis Davy, Stephen Brewster, Cleve Miller as well as our Internet expert Shelly Terrell all gave fascinating presentations. Linda Gerena, Elisabeth Anne, and Jane Ryder gave thought-provoking talks. To close the colloquium, Ben Crystal delivered an inspiring talk/performance on Shakespeare and the language of his times.
I wish to thank Bethany Cagnol (President TESOL France) for such an enjoyable event. For those who attended my talk on podcasts, there is a PDF with slides from my presentation.

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TESOL France organized their 29th annual colloquium this year with over 50 speakers from 24 different countries. It was one of the best English language conferences of the year and as usual an excellent opportunity to network and socialize with friends. Moreover, the talks were fascinating and informative.

On Friday in the late afternoon, David Hill gave a thoughtful lecture on "Extensive Reading" followed by a delightful reception with lots of goodies to eat and drink. Naturally, conversation flowed and overflowed in all directions. David Crystal and his family then put on a wonderful "language play" show, which kept us laughing out loud for the whole performance. They performed well-known sketches from British television by comedians such as Victor Borge with his "inflationary language" and Ronnie Barker on mispronunciation. You will find links to these original sketches on Martin Sketchley’s blog.

On Saturday David Crystal entertained us with "From Scrabble to Babble." This talk was once again an opportunity to experience true laughter just through wordplay using dialects and expressions that belong to the English language but are not always understood by all English speakers. In the afternoon Ken Wilson, Russell Stannard, John Corbett, Damian Corcoran, Dennis Davy, Stephen Brewster, Cleve Miller and of course our Internet expert Shelly Terrell all gave fascinating presentations. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend Shelley’s as I was speaking at the same time.

On Sunday I listened with pleasure to Linda Gerena on vocabulary acquisition, Elisabeth Anne on teaching English to science students, and Jane Ryder on "self-efficacy" or the influence we as teachers have on the curriculum and the decisions taken at our institutions.

To close the colloquium, Ben Crystal gave an inspiring talk/performance on Shakespeare and the language of his times. He showed us that actors working with Shakespeare did not speak with the same pronunciation as today. He demonstrated the force of bringing back the original pronunciation that was used in Shakespeare’s plays and thus conveying the authenticity of the times.

I wish to thank Bethany Cagnol (President TESOL France) and all the other ExCom members for organizing such an enjoyable event.

I look forward to future TESOL France events, and I know you do too!

Marianne Raynaud

Former coordinator TESOL France-Grenoble


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