#KELTChat Slowburn: “Reflecting on the KOTESOL International Conference (and others)” (Tuesday, October 20th, 11am-6pm KST)

Apologies for the lack of #KELTChat Twitter chat action recently. This was largely due to the fact that #KELTChat folks have been out and about in the real world doing some live #KELTChat sessions. One of these sessions was at the KOTESOL International Conference at COEX on the 10th and 11th October. This conference is also the subject of Tuesday’s chat. We’d like to know if you went, what you saw, what you learned and how you felt about it all. If you didn’t go, this chat might also be a good place to catch up on anything that you missed, and to share any other recent conference going experiences.

This chat is a Slowburn chat, meaning that it takes place over a much longer time than regular Twitter chats. We hope people will dip in and out of the chat throughout the day as their schedules allow; we don’t expect anyone to be involved for the whole 7 hours.

Some general questions to consider: 

  • What were some of the sessions that you enjoyed?
  • What are the three most important things that you learned?
  • Did you do anything different the following Monday?
  • What other aspects of the conference (aside from the sessions) did you enjoy?
  • What would you say to someone attending the conference for the first time?
  • Do you feel different about conference going as you get more experienced?
  • What are good ways to get to know other teachers at conferences?
  • What makes a good session in general?
  • If you presented, what advice would you give to future presenters?

We hope to see you in the chat on Tuesday.

#KELTChat Preview – 8th October 2013, 9pm

With apologies for a little bit of lack of notice, we’re happy to announce that #keltchat will be back tomorrow for a Tuesday night outing at the normal Tuesday time of 9pm.

No topic poll this week because we have a time specific theme. With two major conferences for Korean based folks coming up in the next three weeks (The KOTESOL International Conference and The JALT Conference), we thought it might be useful to share a few tips about getting the most out of conferences as an attendee and as a presenter. Therefore we will possibly be thinking, and almost definitely be tweeting about:

  • What do we expect to get out of a conference?
  • How do we get it?
  • What do we expect from a presentation?
  • How do we make sure we get it?
  • How do we choose sessions?
  • Tips for networking and meeting people.
  • How to get free stuff from publishers.
  • Do’s and don’ts for presenting.
  • Anything else anyone can think of.
  • Hangover cures.

The chat takes place on Twitter from 9pm on Tuesday 8th October. Just run a search for #keltchat, and add the same hashtag to your own tweets in order to contribute. If you need any help, please send me a tweet or ask on the Facebook group.

See you on Twitter!

Alex G (@breathyvowel)

Photo Post: KELTchat at the KOTESOL International Conference

– Pictures of the KELTchat presentation at the October 2012, KOTESOL International Conference, Sookmyung University, Seoul, South Korea –

To read more about KELTchat and the aftermath of the conference, check out Alex Grevett‘s article, What is KELTchat? (p.28), in KOTESOL’s The English Connection.

The following photos were taken by John Steele. Check out his fantastic photography at John Steele Photo.

And these were taken from an iPhone. Tweeting may have been involved.

Thanks @michaelegriffin for the abstract below. I’ll take credit for that snazzy title. ;)

#KELTchat: Professional Development  at Your Fingertips

In this session we will be sharing our experiences and thoughts on the formation, continuation, practices, and future of the #KELTchat group on Twitter. At this point, #KELTchat is basically four different but interconnected things. First, #KELTchat is a bi-monthly moderated chat on Twitter where educators from around Korea and the globe “meet” to discuss topics of interest to teachers in Korea as we draw on the thoughts and experiences of participants. Secondly, #KELTchat is a twitter hashtag so that educators in Korea can keep track of links, questions and ideas relevant to the teaching community in Korea. Third, #KELTchat is a blog that features summaries of the chats and acts as a resource. Finally, #KELTchat is a loose collective of individuals seeking to improve and understand their own teaching practices defined by curiosity, open-mindedness, a desire to help others greater awareness of our own teaching practices that makes up a supportive and dynamic community. Audience members can expect to hear about the community and perhaps decide if and how they might like to participate.