Hello readers! (specially those of you who are going to the MEXTESOL CONVENTION in Puerto Vallarta)
As you know the great event of MEXTESOL is close. The idea of a convention in a coastal city seems interesting and full of fun and recreation. You may want to party and have fun in the nocturnal life. But in this kind of events there are plenty of activities to do, that probably you will find yourself in a difficult or unpleasant situation of giving up weather recreation or education. In order to help you, I will share some tips to attend this event.
Some of you have had the opportunity to assist to these events and you will not let me lie.
First of all, you may read carefully the program of the event, by doing this you will be able to know what to expect of each activity during the convention, then you may decide what to do according to your interests. There are work-shops, book presentations, conferences and more.
Another important aspect of the event is the schedule. Activities are programmed from 9 AM to 6:30 PM with some breaks for meals, those breaks are really short! 30 minutes, each?
Workshops are great because you can learn doing the activity by yourself (and not only hearing from the speakers). As many workshops are cool, you may not miss none of them; if you go with friends, you may want to spread out yourselves and attend different workshops and share your learning later with your pals.
Plenaries are the big presentations of the day. Each day opens and closes with a plenary, some might think this is an strategical movement to keep people all day long in the event (I do).
Once you have decided which events you will attend, it is time to know something about the book-exhibitors. They offer new and innovative materials, and they want you with them. They organise their big-presentations at the same hour (all of those presentations are officially scheduled). You may want buy some books or that new didactic material; I suggest you to take some money with you.
Speaking of recreation, the local organisers prepare some leisure activities. Those activities may not fulfil our expectations but they are great for socialisation (imagine meeting all those famous and important speakers from prestigious universities!)
Besides the activities organised by the hosts, the publishing houses may prepare some private events, such as cocktail parties, that you can attend if you participate more actively with them (i.e. if you become a “VIP TEACHER”).
For those who love technology and social networks (myself included), publishing houses use social networks to advertise their products and let us know special offers.
Finally, do not forget your positive attitude to learn and grow. This is a great event where we can improve our oral & hearing skills; people is kind and speakers are there for us.
Everything is ready, I hope you enjoy the trip. It does not matter if you assist to all or one presentation, I am sure you will learn a lot and you will not regret of going to the 39th International MEXTESOL Convention.
SEE YOU THERE!