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.