Not only I had the benefit of getting informed about the latest European trends in education, but I was also taught by the very authors of the many newest pedagogical books available in the academic market. I am fond of pedagogy. I like the way technology and pedagogy get intertwined in benefit of our students.
I already put into practice one of the suggested web-based tools for learning languages: since I am currently studying Mandarin, I used the QUIZLET flashcards free software and I proved it to be an excellent memory tool. Since one of the most difficult aspects of learning Chinese is remembering the characters, using this software really helped me out. I think a good teacher needs to use the material first, appraise its strengths and weaknesses and then use them with their students. I am now getting many ideas on how to use this software in my English classes.
The guest speakers provided us of their email addresses, web site addresses to visit and virtually anything a language teacher needs for their classes. We cannot complain about lack of resources or even lack of training, since in the twenty first century in a globalized world we can contact almost everyone anywhere mostly anytime.
I hope to continue growing as a language teacher, learning more about using technology in the classroom (but not letting it control me) and inspire my students to be agents of change in a decaying world.