Teaching is a complex activity which requires those practising it to do many things flexibly and simultaneously. Teaching constantly requires new skills and knowledge and — also at the same time — accessing knowledge and abilities already acquired, either recently or in the past. A good teacher can juggle prior, present and future knowledge and present a coherent and motivating whole to serve student learning. In actual fact, good teachers are curious individuals who are committed to learning and to helping others learn and who love finding connections that will spark knowledge.

The choice of the 2016 conference theme was inspired by Steve Jobs’ Commencement Address at Stanford in 2005 where he shared with the audience how he felt that both his failures and his successes, his real interests, and his  easy-way-out-choices had had a role in his professional career. Steve Jobs looked back and saw that his life story was the result of the connection of all the steps he had taken previously.  

APAC is now about to celebrate 30 years of existence. Looking back we also see that  we are the result of the many instances shared at our meetings, at our conventions, at our seminars…. And we feel that as different teachers approach the profession differently, different dots need to be available to make different — tailor made — connections possible.  We understand by different dots sessions on applied linguistics, sessions on English language, sessions on skills, sessions on literature,…, and also sessions to share our thoughts or to vent our frustrations. Any session is an opportunity to learn, either what to do, or what not to do.

The convention this year will be as open as ever, aiming at providing different and challenging sessions, including – of course – our usual hands-on practical sessions, but also sessions commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and sessions reflecting on the role of teachers in rather difficult times.

We look forward to seeing you all in February at the Pompeu!!