Just today Laura Soracco posted a fantastic collection of 14 short reflections from teachers on their TESOL 2016 convention experiences (including mine). Rather than pinpointing my favorite moment of the conference I decided to
deflect reflect on the notion of ‘takeaways’.
But I thought of a moment. A very specific moment. Here’s what happened:
I saw her and did a double-take.
Then, a bit like an irrational superfan: “You’re the woman from the video! It’s you! Oh my god, it’s an honor to meet you! You’re from the video! I just want you to know, I think you’re the coolest. It’s you, from the corrective feedback video!”
The woman was Dr. Frances A. Boyd (see her impressive bio here). The video was:
I first saw it as part of Carol Numrich‘s presentation “Students and Teachers: Differing Perspectives on Oral Corrective Feedback” at TESOL 2014 in Portland.
Since then I’ve used the video often to give CELTA trainees a glimpse at how an expert teacher harnesses corrective feedback to give learners the kind of responsive feedback they need to notice, upgrade, and internalize the language they’re working on and working with.
It’s a great exposition on corrective feedback. It’s also really well produced – giving us the teachers’ actions, plus her personal narrative illuminating her decision making in her own authentic voice. See? This is what accounts for my fanboy moment! (A more graceful one than reaching out to shake Scott Thornbury‘s hand…in the men’s bathroom). This film is an instant classic and Frances is a star! 🙂
Here are the photos I took at the TESOL 2014 presentation:
As you can see, there’s really nothing new under the “Pardon the Correction” workshop presentation sun. This presentation is an aunt or uncle, if not a parent, of ours two years later.
So thanks, Carol. And thank you Frances! I’ve got the signed version of this photo already framed up on the ELT hall-of-fame wall in my mind…