In this interview, Rod Bolitho looks at the challenges faced by teacher education in the second decade of the 21st century and talks about them in relation to the 21st century learner. He discusses the need to encourage practising teachers to take responsibility for their own professional development and suggests some of the key recommendations for improving the quality of teacher education.

Rod Bolitho's talk at the Teacher Educator conference looks at the issue of quality in English Language Teacher education from a number of different perspectives. He talks about  how quality is defined and evaluated, profiles of English Language teachers in the second decade of the 21st century, ‘push’ factors, which make it important to prioritise quality and ‘drag’ factors, which make it difficult to focus on quality in Teacher Education. He discusses the importance of quality in in-service training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and makes recommendations about how this can happen

Rod Bolitho's talk will be available to watch soon.

Your professional development: With each interview, we are asking our viewers to think about their own professional development. Below is a question for you to think about and answer. You can use these questions as a basis for discussion with colleagues or add a comment below.

For discussion: Rod Bolitho talks about some of the specific challenges facing teachers working with learners in the second decade of the 21st Century. What do you feel are some of the challenges facing teachers working with 21st century learners in your context?

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