Taking responsibility for own professional development

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This webinar explores what trainers can do to make sure teacher development, whether face-to-face or online, can keep on sparking inspiration and enabling appropriate, practical change. Five principles are suggested which CPD providers can bear in mind to ensure their sessions are relevant, understandable, retrievable, sustainable, productive and always respectful of the participants.

This is the fifth article in our series which presents extracts from the British Council publication, ‘Innovations in the continuing professional development of English language teachers’. Here the authors, R Smith, T Connelly and P Rebolledo, explore teacher-research as continuing professional development.

This talk explores the need to move on from ineffective one-size-fits-all models of in-service teacher training, presents evidence-based findings about the features of continuous professional development activities that make a difference, and focuses on two CPD approaches that put teachers in the driving seat of their development.

In this talk Rod Bolitho offers a comprehensive view of what constitutes CPD, and outlines the benefits such a perspective can offer.

Edited by David Hayes

With thirteen stimulating papers covering a wide range of geographical areas and educational contexts, this publication will interest anyone involved in the continuing professional development of English language teachers wishing to reflect on and refresh their practice.

Compiled by Richard Smith of Warwick University, with Seongsook Choi, Imogen Liggins and Gosia Sky, the Directory of UK ELT Research 2011-12 contains a total of 721 entries from 60 different institutions.

Richard Smith gives a definition of English language teaching research and shows how it can be of practical relevance to teachers. November 2012, Bristol.

Urszula Clark talks about 'English, speech and society' and draws upon recent, Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) funded research into the relationship between English and social, regional and national identities. April 2014, London.

This webinar looks at starting the transition from teacher to manager - including reasons why you might think about making that move, ways of developing to prepare yourself to take on new responsibilities, and issues that you might want to be aware of.

Sue Kay and Karen Spiller tell us about their training modules in materials-writing skills, and their relevance to creating materials for your own classes, self publishing and teacher training.

This webinar outlines the background and aims of the European Profiling Grid (EPG) and looks at how practising teachers and teacher educators of any language can assess competences in order to identify areas to develop further. 

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