I haven't blogged much lately because I have been on the road. Fulbright gives each ETA a travel stipend which we can use to either attend or present at an academic conference which pertains to either our research area or teaching English in general. Since I was a part of UFPA's linguistic research group this semester, I was able to present at CLAFPL (a conference about improving future language teachers in Brazil), one of the conferences where our proposals were submitted. My presentation was about analyzing Language Advising using Complexity Theory. It was my first time presenting in Portuguese and I lost a little bit of sleep over it and spent hours practicing. It went well and I feel extremely relieved that it is over and done with. It was a good way for me to end the year and tie up my time with the research group.
We have less than two weeks to go and each day is already chock full of activities. Tomorrow I present at the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) conference in Belém and then all of us are working like crazy to get Halloween workshops and parties ready for Friday. This has been such a fun year and though I'm sad to be leaving Belém, I'm excited for whatever comes next.