More than 300 teachers from the American Language Centers around Morocco converged recently in Agadir for the annual All-ALC TEFL Conference. This year’s event was held at the Hotel Tivoli.
The conference featured internationally known speakers representing the major publishers in TEFL, including Dr. Herbert Puchta, the current president of IATEFL, the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language. The conference also featured plenaries by author Paul Davies of Macmillan Press, and Alison Strand of Pearson Longman. Of course, dozens of teachers ALCs around the country also facilitated workshops. Subjects of these workshops ranged from topics such as the FISH philosophy of business management for business English classes, to using Facebook as a teaching tool, and community service vis-à-vis the ALCs.
This year’s All-ALC TEFL Conference also broke new ground with the first ever national speaking contest, which captured the imaginations of all in attendance. Participants included Samia Maaroufi of ALC Kenitra, whose hotbutton topic was Street Harassment. Fourteen year old Leila Karroumi represented the ALC Tangier with a passionate speech about Climate Change and our role in preserving the environment. The winner of the contest was Yousra Laghrissi of ALC Mohammedia, who spoke effectively about the Keys to Success.
Another first for the conference was the team-building activities taking place between afternoon sessions. These involved participants from various centers working together on teams for a common goal and were very popular with teachers. Thanks to all of the conference organizers, especially the ALC Agadir team and directors Luann Hassinin, and Kathy Lance for making this year’s conference a memorable one. Thanks also to Exchanges booksellers, who supported the conference, and to the teachers who participated with enthusiasm throughout the weekend.