Contributed by Ms. Tahira Farid
MA, B.Ed, CELTA
ESL Instructor – Prep year
Taibah University, Yanbu Female Campus
Modern day teaching requires continuous growth with the help of new approaches, ideas and teaching methodologies. A teacher, in today’s fast paced world, is obliged to be engaged in continuous professional development through different means and sources. CPD (Continuous Professional Development) serves that purpose befittingly and ensures that teachers continue to be competent in their profession. It’s an ongoing process which takes place throughout our teaching careers and improves our performance on the job.
It is important to note that CPD is not merely a formal process such as a workshop, seminar or conference; it can also occur in informal contexts such as reading, discussion among colleagues, research or peer observation.
My first post (link attached) on this forum is related to the role of CPD in our profession; how we can continue to learn and develop throughout our careers and how to keep our knowledge and skills up to date.
The British Council’s website gives an overview of the complete CPD framework which is a part of British Council’s Teaching for Success Approach (written by Simon Borg). There is an overview for each of the 12 professional practices of CPD including relevant resources such as links for webinars and articles, to further help in the development of language teachers.