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Figure 1: CPD poster designed by Professor Kirti Kapur, NCERT, as part of the British Council’s CPD Policy Think Tank Initiative

CPD is an autonomous activity, undertaken by the individual, but the most effective CPD happens through collaboration and sharing of learning and experiences. All of this, as well as critical self-reflection, helps to build a stronger sense of self-awareness and accountability. British Council projects are designed with these principles in mind, as well as the following beliefs about teaching and learning:




English is best acquired through communication and students should be given as much opportunity to use it in the classroom as possible.


Collaboration through task-based group and pair work has a very positive effect on learning.


Teachers and students become motivated and develop a positive attitude to learning when it is engaging and fun and relates directly to their needs and context.


Change can only be achieved if teachers are encouraged to reflect on their current teaching practice and their personal beliefs about teaching.


Through experiential teacher education and development activities such as peer teaching and lesson planning, teachers can practise and develop their teaching skills and knowledge more effectively.


Teacher education and development programmes should provide a mix of teaching skills and subject matter knowledge.


The relationship between the teacher and student or the teacher and trainer is fundamentally important and should be based on mutual respect and understanding. 4


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Innovations in the CPD of English language teachers  
Innovations in the CPD of English language teachers  

The publication, edited by David Hayes offers global perspectives on the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of English language teach...