Hilary Blackford has been a longstanding attendee of blen conferences but finally, after many years in the profession, she has moved from teaching onto pastures new. Many thanks to her for sending us this lovely email!
"I have always respected your approach to teachers' conferences. They have always been so informative and valuable. I still use some of the ideas I have gleaned over the years. Thank you very much. I hope that they continue to be as popular and successful in the future. I am sure that they will. ... Your conferences really do hit the right note."
"The annual blen Primary Modern Foreign Language conferences have been running for twenty years. I have found every one of them professionally useful, interesting and informative. Teachers leave at the end of the day fired up with a new enthusiasm. They also provide an excellent forum in which attendees can pool their ideas and remain in touch to support each other during the rest of the year. There are many like me who have been attending since the beginning which is testimony in itself.
Ming Tsow, who runs blen, has a profound understanding of progressive methodology. She encourages discourse and debate. Her enthusiasm is infectious."
Christine Prowse - French Coordinator and Teacher at King Alfred School
"I have attended every blen PML February conference since 1996, the year I took up a post teaching Latin and French at a state primary school in South Kensington. There has been a most impressive and varied list of contributors and guest speakers over the years. This included Eric Hawkins, the distinguished linguist and educationist who, in fact, took part in my very first conference!
The languages represented have increased over the years to way beyond the obvious ones introduced at primary level: Latin and even Modern Greek are very much included in discussion at the conferences these days. The demonstrations of lessons and sharing of lesson plans are an integral part of the sessions; on one occasion a teacher came with her whole class and acted out little French scenes for us!
After the conference, there is a very useful follow-up in the form of an email containing some of the lesson plans that people have shared and any other points discussed that participants would like in hard copy. Recently, blen asked everyone attending for a short list of their favourite resources including props and websites that they used for lessons and this was sent out. It proved extremely useful and varied!
All in all, I would thoroughly recommend the blen PML conference. Meeting other teachers in a similar position and ‘comparing notes’ is almost a reason in itself for attending!"
Teacher of French & Latin; Our Lady of Victories Primary School (Chelsea and Kensington)