Alan Waters and Maria Luz C. Vilches Effective in-service training (INSET) is vital for both teacher development and curriculum reform. This paper contains a number of practical guidelines on how to maximise the potential for 'best practice' in ELT INSET. The research was conducted in the Philippines where Waters and Vilches gathered data from both INSET suppliers and end-users. The resulting picture of 'best practice' will be of value to others working in similar situations elsewhere.
Theme: Many teachers have found that social networks and media can provide valuable support for their continuing professional development. However, knowing where to start can be a problem. Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere aren't always easy places to move in and it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the multitude of posts that appear and disappear in rapid succession. How can we make sense of them and identify the people we can most learn from? How do we set ourselves goals and keep track of where we're going? In this webinar we'll consider practical ways of centring and organising ourselves to make the process a little less chaotic.
About the speaker: Ann Foreman is a classroom teacher and teacher trainer based in Bilbao, Spain. Her interests include finding the best ways of using new technology in the classroom and coming to terms with the changing needs and aspirations of learners in today’s digital world. Ann manages the TeachingEnglish Facebook page and works on developing new teaching and learning applications such as What kind of teacher are you?
Viv Edwards and Daguo Li This paper covers the impact of continuing professional development in China. The writers conclude that the recognition of English as an essential element in the modernisation of China, together with the growing awareness of the weaknesses of traditional approaches to the teaching of the language, has opened up new spaces for dialogue concerning pedagogy and professional practice.
Sue Garton, Fiona Copland, Anne Burn Investigating Global Practices in Teaching English to Young Learners was produced in collaboration with Aston University. The study uncovered a range of factors concerning the teaching of English to young learners globally from the perspective of teachers involved in implementing these programmes. In particular, it shows that many of these factors are commonly experienced by teachers across different countries and contexts. The paper concludes with five key recommendations for future action to support teaching English to young learners.
Submitted by Jenny Johnson on 26 February, 2009 - 11:39
Management vacancies that arise in LTOs (language training organisations) can be filled by candidates recruited from outside an organisation but are frequently taken up by teachers selected/promoted from within the organisation’s current staff.