On 16 June 2012 the Besig Summer Symposium took place in Paris. Unfortunately I couldn’t be there, so I asked Mieke Kenis and Vicky Loras, two people who were lucky enough to be present, to report back for me.
I was really looking forward to the symposium for various reasons. It would be my first ever Besig event, David Crystal was going to be the plenary speaker and the programme looked very promising. Furthermore I was taking a colleague of mine, whom I was going to introduce to some Twitter friends. The train journey from Brussels to Paris wasn’t long enough to tell him all about the benefits of a Twitter PLN 🙂
|Mieke with Sue Annan|
But what was most exciting was the prospect of finally meeting Vicky Loras. We had been talking to each other on Twitter for some time when one evening, a few tweets led to our collaboration on some of Vicky’s poems. It was just great I was going to see her live 😉
Vicky is also a regular contributor to the ELTchat Podcast, for which she interviews ELT people. When James Taylor asked us to write a guest post for his blog about the Besig Symposium I thought it would be a nice idea to reverse the roles this time and ask her a few questions.
I think it went well. I loved the participation from everyone who was there – the atmosphere was very nice and I love it when people want to share their own experiences or comment on an idea. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did! It was truly a great experience for me.
|Vicky after her presentation|
I was very very happy about it and that I could share this happiness with all my friends and colleagues there – and really excited to be presented the prize by David Crystal, a linguist that I have admired and read about ever since I was a freshman in university. It was a truly unforgettable moment!
|Vicky after receiving her award from David Crystal|
What was the highlight of the Symposium for you?
I loved many things about it: the presentations I attended were amazing and each gave me things to learn (I wish I could attend some other ones as well at the same times as the ones I attended). The networking that went on in-between the sessions and after the Symposium was absolutely fantastic, as we could reflect on our own experiences as well and share learning moments. It was also great to see people I had met before in person (people with whom I have connected to on Twitter), but also to meet new people face-to-face – like you!
6 thoughts on “Guest post: BESIG Summer Symposium 2012 report”
Thank you so much for posting our interview (and coming up with the idea of the interview) with Mieke! We had a great time in Paris (wish you had come too) and it was a really great experience! A million thanks to Mieke for the questions – I really enjoyed them : )
Thank you so much,
Hi Mieke, Vicky and James,
This interview is a great idea! Congratulations once again, Vicky! Hope to see all three of you at more BESIG events in the near future!
Thanks for volunteering Vicky, I appreciate it!
Thanks Chia, I wish I could have been there. Next time, hopefully.
Thank you so much again! It was great to meet you face-to-face there for the first time. I really enjoyed the whole experience!
See you soon I hope!
Thank you James and Mieke for interviewing Vicky! loved reading about it all!