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introduced the concept of CPD through both explicit and implicit approaches, with varying results. Explicit approaches have been more successful with academics working within government agencies or bodies. For example, a half-day orientation workshop on CPD was conducted in the early stages of a project for the academic core team working with the British Council. The workshop was designed to stimulate reflection on their own professional development pathways, and to help them identify that much of their professional development actually took place outside of a classroom or training room. This helped the stakeholders to appreciate the importance of triggering non-training forms of CPD during their own training programmes for teachers which would continue beyond the face-to-face training. They also recognised that reviewing the training materials and working alongside the British Council to monitor the impact of the trainer training, the teacher training and, finally, the classroom teaching to learners were all critical activities in their own professional development, and this increased their motivation to be part of the core academic team. Several members of this group went on to win small research grants so they could further evaluate the impact of the project on the teachers and students. A series of CPD orientation workshops are also used with master trainers and teacher educators to help them appreciate the value of CPD, to become a role model and a ‘CPD champion’ for the teachers they train. Reference to CPD in national policy documents is highlighted so that the link between policy recommendations and what they are required to put into practice is made explicit, and example teacher profiles introduce them to what is possible in their own context. Figure 3 is an excerpt from one of the British Council’s CPD orientation workshops. 1. Compare your list with the list of activities given below. Cross out the activities you have already done and ‘4’ what you would like to do from the list. Then discuss with your group and identify where you would find the resources to do the activities you are interested in. CPD activities

Where will you find the resources to do the activities you are interested in?

Face-to-face training course Online training course Attending a conference Presenting at a conference Joining a teachers’ club Reading Practice Action Research Reflection Peer-observation Observation by head teacher Watching teaching videos Joining an online teacher forum Listening to teaching radio Recording your class and watching that video

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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...

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...