Saturday, October 17, 2015

Welcome Back Event 2015 - Report

A very big number of attendees from diverse teaching backgrounds honored the Welcome Back Event with their presence this year at the Amphitheatre of the Central Library of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on Sunday 27th September.

The event was scheduled with a view to welcoming the new school year, to giving teachers the chance to meet, bond and exchange inspiring and useful ideas and, additionally, to electing the new TESOL Macedonia-Thrace board.

Dr Panayiotis Constantinides from the University of the Aegean was the featured speaker who made an interesting presentation on “Dyslexia and Learning Difficulties in the 21rst century English class”. Dr Constantinides shared the joy he feels when he meets the needs of his students after going the extra mile to discover what their real difficulties are. It was great to hear about the common pitfalls of the field of learning difficulties. Most of the attendees admitted feeling much more confident about avoiding errors in their future classes thanks to the advice given by an experienced and specialized educator.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) was convened, held and conducted as per the provisions of the TESOL MTH constitution and the rules made there under. A statement of accounts and financial report was presented by the acting chair and treasurer for members to approve, nominations for the elections were considered, speeches were received by the nominees, and the new board was elected in an atmosphere of agreement and acceptance.

All in all, with the motivation from successful colleagues, i.e. school advisors, ELT authors, publishers, a chance to interact with board members, and a bright sunshiny day enjoyed from the gardens of the Central Library of the Aristotle University, it was truly a day to remember.

By Avgi Vafeidou

Photo credits: Margarita Kosior

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