Reflections from the Field: ACPI-TESOL Costa Rica

I had the privilege of attending and presenting at the ACPI-TESOL National Conference in Costa Rica last week.  Although it was a relatively small conference (under 80 participants), the organizers were able to attract presenters from the U.S., Panama, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and UAE (and me from Canada). A special thank you to Ana Madrigal Rímola.

I believe that teachers can always learn something new no matter how many years we have been teaching.   This conference was no exception in that there were many new insights from the presentations about teaching English.  However before I provide some of the conference highlights, I wanted to talk about my experience trying to navigate in a Spanish-speaking country as a non-speaker of Spanish.  (I did take some lessons a few years ago but I didn't have enough language skills to function!)  I forgot how it feels to be unable to communicate – even a simple request!  The last time I...

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