Here we go! A Strange New Road for All!

The picture of a boat going across a bridge over the Garonne River seems like a good image of the strange journey we have undertaken.


All the members of the Agen Workshop team are grateful for the patience our fans have shown while we tried to figure out how to plan a conference which will be very different from the one we wanted to offer. We want to thank Karen Rowan who convinced me that it could be possible for Agen to go on-line. I want to thank Lillian Stirling who has ridden the roller coaster with me and managed to be both encouraging and sensible. Robert Harrell gave me some frank and much needed advice. And I particularly want to thank all the patient souls who had been looking forward to a wonderful time in Agen this summer who will now have to wait until July 2021. Their kind acceptance of this unforeseen and unimaginable situation helped me to keep my sanity and motivated me to find a way to at least give them a taste of what could have been.

The silver lining to all this is that now people who have been saying, “I wish I could go to Agen one day” can come to us through the magic of the internet. We are making changes in order to adapt to the format so that our participants, who live all around the globe, will follow a maximum of live sessions without spending six hours a day in front of the screen. We also hope to give you a little taste of Agen, a little town in the country beside the Garonne River, where people play rugby, eat potted duck, drink good wine and enjoy life.

We have moved the Language Labs to the week of July 20th to July 24th. We are offering Mandarin, French for mixed levels, Elementary Spanish, Advanced Spanish for Teachers, Arabic, English for Beginners and Advanced English. On the registration form we ask you to choose a language for the first session. You can choose to be a Student or an Observer. Teachers who wish to move from one session to another in order to see different teaching techniques and styles can do so, but we need to know how to organize the classes for the first day.

During the week of July 27th to July 31st, we are offering a wide variety of presentations and round tables. The Agen Workshop has always been special because it allowed teachers from very different horizons to become good friends. A hundred people came together and spent a week together in a little town in southwest France, learning together but also eating together and partying together, sharing their ideas, their experience, their stories and their passion for teaching. Our challenge as we go on-line will be to try to encourage the same informal conversations that were so important for everyone. We hope to do so by organizing more Round Tables and Break out rooms, where you can listen, exchange ideas and ask questions. We also hope to integrate in each presentation a few tips and tricks about teaching on-line.

I will begin publishing the names of our presenters in the next few days. Of course you’ll be seeing Robert Harrell, Teri Wiechart, Scott Benedict, Karen Rowan, Sabrina Sebban-Janczak, Laurie Clarcq, Kirstin Plante, Diahana Castro and others who have been to Agen before. And there will be some other well-known faces that haven’t yet come to Agen, such as Michele Whaley, Cecile Laine, Anna Gilcher and Rachele Adams. But it will also be a chance to see some fantastic presenters like Tamara Galvan, Liam Printer, Sally Rose, Jayne Cooke, Pilar Reyes Sierra and Cesar Gonzalez Paso who are rarely seen outside of Europe.

You can register for the on-line version of the Agen Workshop 2020 here for only 115 euros. The site accepts payment by Paypal or credit card. You will find the link to Paypal after the registration form.

After payment I will send you a code which will allow you to access all the live sessions during the two weeks of the conference. In addition you can return afterwards and listen to the recorded sessions that you weren’t able to see when they were live. There is no time limit. Your registration fee gives you the right to watch hours and hours of professional development.

Warning!  If you already registered for the in person conference, do not fill in the form on this page. You should have received a newsletter telling you that you are registered for Agen 2021 with a link to the on-line version. If you have not received the newsletter, please contact me directly.

Another Warning! We feel it is only honest to inform you that Agen is addictive. Once you have been, you will want to come back. The Agen Veterans are a growing community.

The On-Line Conference of 2020

There are 13 comments

  1. Grisel Pibida

    Sounds great! Quick question: should teachers participate as students or observers? Do the 115 euros cover both sessions? Count me in please for Spanish advanced. Thank you.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    1. Judith Dubois

      Not necessarily, Fiona. It can be very enlightening to sit in on a language class where you do not speak the language and share the students’ experience. You will see what the teacher does to make their language comprehensible and how they create a caring and accepting atmosphere in the class. It is also helpful to see different styles of teaching. We each have our own personality and seeing how different teachers express themselves can be very helpful.

      You are free to choose to observe any Language Lab you wish, and to move around if you like.

  2. Jorn Lubbinge

    Hi Judith,
    A very sad turn of events, but I think there was no real alternative. Do you have a deadline/preferred date for registration?

    1. Judith Dubois

      Hello, Jorn! Good to see a “veteran” here. I have chosen not to put a deadline on registrations, though of course for us the earlier the better. But we can take up to 500 before we have to close down registrations, so I don’t expect that to happen right away. Hope to “see” you again!


  3. Anonymous

    Hello Judith,

    I have just filled in the form and paid €115. But I couldn’t see Arabic so I didn’t click on any language as I would like to be a student in Arabic for the language lab.
    Should I change my glasses?
    Since I met Rachel Salvi a few years ago, I have been thinking “I wish I could go to Agen one day”. So, through the magic of the internet, I will be able to attend on-line in July. Thank you for planning the 2020 Agen Workshop. Cécile Baechler

  4. Fatiha Nekhla

    Hi Judith!
    I think I finally found the right form to fill in!! But I don’t see the link to pay with credit card, only Paypal.


  5. Karla

    Hi Judith –
    I attend last year’s conference and LOVED it. This year I will have a new born baby (due early July). I am thrilled that there is an online option as I would like to keep learning more. Just to make sure, if I sign up, I don’t have to attend any session live and can watch them later throughout my maternity leave?

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