Photo © Copyright Mat Wright

So you’re working in English language teaching and want to find the best ways to develop. But how do you progress as an English language teacher? What career pathways are open for you? What can you do to help you develop your skills and prospects? Where can you find the support to help you? These are some of the questions this handbook aims to answer.

This handbook is for English language teaching professionals. It provides information to help you develop, whether you are starting out as an English language teacher, or whether you are already a highly experienced. At every stage of your career there are opportunities to develop you skills, knowledge and prospects further. The information here is based on the principle that the effective teacher is the developing teacher: it is never possible to effectively stand still in your work as an English language teacher. Continuing professional development is a process that helps you meet the challenges of your work and achieve your own and your learning centre’s goals. It incorporates the idea of “reflective practice”: the importance of reflecting on what you are doing, as an essential part of your development process.

These record sheets were devised by Susan Sheerin.