Hello, It’s Good to Be Back

Oasis soup

Oasis Soup by atomicjeep CC BY 2.0

As you probably haven’t noticed, I haven’t written anything on here for about a month or so. I went to the IATEFL conference in the UK and decided to make a bit of a holiday out of it for both myself and my son.  As my wife couldn’t get time off from teaching at university it meant leaving Mr. T with my parents while I went off and developed myself at the foremost English teachers’ conference.  I was a bit worried about Mr. T not being comfortable with my parents, so we went back to Birmingham a couple of weeks early so he could get used to them again.

I needn’t have worried as he had a wonderful time with my folks, going to a safari park, visiting a fire station, going on a choo choo train and much, much more besides.  His English has improved far more than I could ever have expected.  Before we went, he seemed to be entering a phase of improving all of his language skills, but while in the UK it was unbelievable how much and how quickly his vocabulary increased.

I also learned a lot at the IATEFL conference, as well as meeting up with lots of old and new friends.  I really must try to get to more of those conferences.  I gave a talk about using linguistic landscapes to teach English that seemed to be well received.  I have this idea to write a book about it, if I can just find the time.

The one thing that I learned outside the conference was also a bit startling: it seems that it is now 2o years since Britpop was a thing in the UK.  The likes of Oasis, Blur, Suede and Pulp formed a large part of the soundtrack to my days at university,so to realise that it is now 20 YEARS since I was a carefree student just doesn’t bear thinking about.



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10 thoughts on “Hello, It’s Good to Be Back

  1. You must remember you are now a married man with a family and all that that entails, sorry but your carefree student days are well behind you. Plus you do have a special birthday this year!!!

  2. Glad you had a good time in good old blighty, I’m trying to remember whenever birthday is….is it June? Mine is next week, and I was definitely thinking about 20 years ago I was a student…..remember the infamous institute too!!! How are things out there re world cup, is it affecting you guys or are you away from.the action? Anyway, keep tight on as the bluenoses say, we need all the luck we can get. Lizxx

    • Hi Liz. My birthday is at the end of May, so you were almost right! I hope you are going to have a big blow out to celebrate/help you forget.

      We have some Wolrd Cup matches here in Curitiba and to be honest it is a pain in the arse. There is a lot of construction work going on all around the city which means traffic is even worse than normal.

      I reckon Blues need a lot more than just luck at the moment. It really isn’t looking to great at the moment, Even if we survive this year I think next year will be far worse.



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