Here are some frequently asked questions about the Agen Workshop :
- Who is presenting?
Some of our presenters are well known in the States. This year Stephen Krashen, Blaine Ray, Mike Coxon, Laurie Clarcq, Alina Filipescu, Robert Harrell, Sabrina Sebban-Janczak, Diane Neubauer and Teri Wiechart will be presenting sessions. But we are also counting on local talents such as Charlotte Dinscher, Jayne Cooke, Margarita Perez Garcia and Stephanie Benson. I myself will be presenting sessions on Very Narrow Listening and preparing students for written exams. Dr. Beniko Mason Nanki will present on the Comprehensible Input hypothesis, building a reading program and Story Listening.
- What is the program?
Mornings are given over to demonstration classes in French, English, Spanish and Breton. Participants can observe experienced teachers working with real students, but they may also be invited to step in and take over the class for a short time. Every afternoon will begin with a plenary session, followed by workshops on a wide variety of topics. There will be coaching sessions during the afternoons and also during the evenings.
- Who will be there?
Our participants come from around the world. Last year twenty-three different countries were represented. The international friendships that develop in Agen are an essential part of our ambition.
- Where is the conference?
Agen is in southwest France, between Bordeaux and Toulouse. The conference is held in the Lycée Saint Caprais, a former cloister situated near the train station and in the heart of the downtown area.
- Where can I stay?
The Stim’otel is offering a special price to Agen Workshop participants who register directly with them rather than through an online booking service. Appart’City Agen is five minutes from the train station. Ibis Agen is also centrally located. There are also numerous possibilities with Airbnb. The nearest camping ground is “Le Moulin de Mellet” at nine kilometers from Agen.
- How can I get there?
By car Agen is located on the A62 motorway, halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse, about an hour’s drive either way. By TGV (high speed train) it can easily be reached with few stops. If you are flying, you may fly into Paris, Bordeaux or Toulouse and take the train from there. Or you can get a local flight from Orly in Paris to Agen with Hop!
- How much does food cost?
Agen is known for its good food and there are numerous restaurants that will serve an excellent meal for prices ranging between 9 euros and 16. If you want to buy your food and do your own cooking, you’ll find the local produce of good quality and reasonably priced. Of course, there are also McDonalds, KFC, Quick and Subway outlets.