Twenty English language teaching practitioners from around the world were invited to reflect on the role of experience in teacher training and life-long development for the British Council's recent publication 'Developing expertise through experience', edited by Alan Maley.
Their responses offer fascinating insights into the way places, publications, ideas and key people have influenced the professional and personal development of the contributors. The book concludes that it would be timely to incorporate trainees’ narratives and personal experiences as part of pre- and in-service training programmes and in Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in general. There are suggestions for practical activities to achieve this in the accompanying e-file 'Developing expertise through experience: Ideas for continuing professional development'.
As well as reading each original and engaging chapter, you can watch short clips by contributors talking about their thoughts and ideas on developing expertise through experience and their reaction to taking part in the book.
So far you can watch five thought-provoking videos by the following contributors:
- Thomas Farrell: Reflections
- Andrew Wright: Meanings that matter to the user
- Freda Mishan: Learning from teaching
- Adrian Underhill: A sense of plausibility
- Harry Kuchah: From little steps to giant strides
More videos will be posted on the Creativity Group's Youtube channel. Coming up in the following weeks are videos from:
- Chrysa Papalazarou
- Peter Medgyes
- Alan Maley and
- Malu Sciamarelli
You can also download the book and find out more about 'Developing expertise through experience' on our TeachingEnglish publications pages.