Lessons from the Perpetual Learner


Life is curious. We wake up, we make plans, and we see a slight incline, but not many major obstacles in sight. In fact, we know that our day is going to be perfectly brilliant (perhaps). That is not always the case, however, and as learners, teachers, teacher researchers, teacher educators, and/or administrators our days can quickly turn into an uphill battle filled with pitfalls, bridge crossings, floods, and rainstorms until we crawl back under our rocks and wait for our next no problem day to begin. Foreign language teaching, as well, can be a difficult task, particularly when it also involves hard-core experiential learning along the way. This presentation will take the audience through a reflective journey of learning and of being involved in language teaching and langauge education in Colombia, South America for the past 18 years. During this presentation, we will explore the importance of critical reflection, professional development, and the importance of being a perpetual learner. By the end of the journey, the audience will discover the importance of the development of emotional intelligence, comradery, professional communties, and most importantly addressing contextual needs. Through all of this, it is hoped that audience members are able to take away what it means to consider needs and advances through their own stages of perpetual learning and growth.

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Angela Bailey, Universidad del Norte, Colombia

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Conference: ECE2019
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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