Start timeFriday 8 June, 15:45
End timeFriday 8 June, 16:45
This talk examines how best to support teachers – both ourselves and our colleagues – by providing Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities throughout a teacher’s career. CPD is important because it helps teachers to improve their classroom skills, and it increases their motivation because they feel they are continuing to learn and to improve their professional knowledge, engagement and opportunity for the future.Good CPD work gives teachers confidence and improves their sense of professional well-being. Teachers value CPD most when it is recognised and appreciated by their ministry or employer, and thus can be used as a way to reward conscientious teachers who improve their skills. Ideally CPD success can lead to higher salaries and extra opportunities. I will describe research into CPD needs and outline how various organisations have developed CPD competence frameworks that can be used by ELT teachers everywhere in the world. This will include specialist frameworks such as EMI and intercultural training. I will talk about the new competences that teachers need in their CPD framework to enable them to make the most of digital learning and technology, both in and out of the classroom, using the Cambridge/ELTjam Digital Teaching Competence Framework and digital learning CPD toolkits. I will also refer to the different channels through which CPD can be made available – face-to-face, and online through constructivist peer-learning, and suggest a 5 step strategy for each school.
About Michael Carrier
Michael Carrier is managing director of Highdale Consulting and consults for a number of educational organisations. He has worked in language education for 30 years as a teacher, trainer, author, and director in Germany, Italy, Poland, UK and USA, and lectured worldwide. Michael holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and an MBA, and is engaged in both the academic and management aspects of ELT. He was formerly CEO of the International House World schools network, Director, English Language Innovation at the British Council in London, Executive Director of Eurocentres USA, and Director of Strategic Partnerships at Cambridge English. He has written many ELT coursebooks and professional articles, including the Break into English &, Front Page series and Business Circles. His area of specialisation is educational technology and his latest book is ‘Digital Language Learning and Teaching’ (Routledge). He is currently serving on a number of boards – as Trustee of the TIRF research foundation in the US, Board member of ICC the European Language Network, Governor of International Students House in London and was formerly on the boards of EAQUALS and ELTJ. He is also Chair of the UK Government’s Working Group on ELT, part of the Department of International Trade.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Society of Authors and the Oxford & Cambridge Club in London.
Plenary - Motivating teachers & students by future-proofing your school.