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Language Program Management

Language Program Management articles provide you with the latest trends, research and recommendations from the world of management. Use the information to fine tune your management style, improve your processes and systems and take your management skills to the next level.

Encouraging Teachers to be Adaptable

It is easy for teachers to get caught up in their own beliefs of what 'correct' teaching is. As a language program manager, it is important to encourage your teachers to be flexible and adaptable. Here are some good habits to encourage among your staff to keep them open to different ways of teaching.

  1. Constant Sharing - It is important for teachers to remember that no matter how experienced they are, there is always the possibility that their way of doing things isn't the best and there is always something for them to learn. Having open lines of communication, sharing and collaboration among teachers is a great way to ensure that they exchange ideas and learn from each other.

Giving Your Teachers a Voice

It's no secret that being a teacher can be a frustrating experience. Most, if not all, teachers will occasionally go through spells of wondering why they chose this profession. When the frustration subsides, however, the answer is always because they love teaching. Giving your teachers a voice is one way to reduce their frustration. Give them clear outlets to change and improve the situations they find themselves in every day. Here are three steps that you can take to ensure that the teachers in your school have a voice in how the school is managed.

  1. Listen to Teacher Concerns - Have multiple channels in place for teachers to voice their concerns and ask questions. This includes staff meetings, one-on-one meetings, and an anonymous suggestion box. At staff meetings, always allow time for staff comments and questions. Schedule this time at the beginning or middle of the meeting, so that it doesn't get dropped if you run out of time.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Conference Experience

It's the time of year when ELT conferences are in full swing. Over the next few months you or your staff will probably be attending one or two conferences. The challenge with conferences is that in the frenzy of the moment you can sometimes miss out on a lot of what's going on. Try some of these tips so that you and your teachers can get the most out of their professional development experience!