But, what about all those teachers who have been teaching for more than ten or twenty years? In addition, we can find teachers who are 'native' speakers in the sense that English is their L1 but who have no formal qualifications in either English or teaching foreign languages. In addition, we can also meet teachers with vast experience in the ELT field, but whose degrees are in translation or hold honours degrees in English. However, within the fully qualified group, we can also find teachers who have been teaching for at least fifteen years and who have not pursued any professional development as opposed to other colleagues who continue with their development through different modes.
What all these teachers share is a set of facts that become crucial when designing an INSET course:
- All teachers have no full time positions and most of them work at more than three state schools. English is taught two hours a week during the five years of secondary education.
- Teachers are paid a forty-minute period for either working collaboratively or helping learners. Usually, it is this latter which is chosen.
- Their working day starts at 7.30 am and it might finish at around 6 pm. In some cases, teachers also work at night schools.
- Teachers are fully responsible for teaching resources such as textbooks, cassettes, supplementary material, and worksheets.
More on teacher education in my next posts.