I feel so lucky I got to be one of the bloggers for this coming event! Where and how should I get started? Well, let me tell you a little bit about myself and my very first encounter with TESOL. Then, you will get to tell why I love being a TESOLer!
I clearly remember everything I experienced a weekend of May, 1997, at Universidad de Carabobo in Venezuela: My first VenTESOL Convention. I was an 18-year-old pre-service English teacher and was eager to learn more about my career. I really did not know much about the organization, but after being almost pushed by Ma Irene Albers, a dear friend and an active member professor in VenTESOL, and while charging myself with the energy of hundreds of English teachers who were gathering and networking, I just realized I was at the right place, surrounded by the right people. Since then, I have joined the organization and started as a Helping Hand (students who take care of providing relevant information to attendees). Then I was promoted to Regional Rep and now I hold a VenTESOL Vice Presidency. What a commitment! What a passionate job! Volunteering rocks!
Fourteen years later, I am finally going to make it to my first international convention! I could not be happier and more excited to share with affiliates from all over the world! I truly believe what TESOL does is feed the souls of English teachers worldwide who are hungry for professional updates so I want to be part of that!
This blog is an amazing opportunity for all of us, for me because it gives me the chance to share my views as a first-time attendee, and for all of us, because this blog will enable us to start networking and getting to know each other right before the big event in March. We all have high expectations for the convention , not only looking forward to reading the program, attending the book exhibit, and the job fair but we are also ready to get to know teachers who share our passion: English and teaching!
So, let’s get started with this amazing adventure right now by answering these questions:
Where do you come from? What are your expectations for this TESOL Convention? What are your motivations to spend 4 days of your life jumping from workshop to workshop?
Too many questions come to my mind but I better stop here since we have more weeks ahead to share!
Let’s experience TESOL’s spirit!