A Sustainable, collaborative, teacher-focused professional learning program for English language colleges

Phil Chappell, Karen Benson

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Abstract

Ongoing professional development (PD) is crucial for all language teachers. However, the reality of busy college life often prevents it from receiving its deserved attention. This study investigates the merits of a program developed for a language college based on the ongoing professional needs of its teachers in relation to teacher cognition and reflective teaching. The article reports the first phase of a two-phase project, exploring to what extent an innovative college- based PD program in Thailand can fit the local context in Sydney. Initial findings reveal positive reactions from teachers and suggest that the self-directed and collaborative nature of the program is relevant to their needs. The article discusses implications for the second stage of the project, and offers some practical suggestions for those interested in taking up a similar program.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-20
Number of pages18
JournalEnglish Australia Journal
Volume28
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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