ELT Articles

Teacher Training

Our Teacher Training articles provide you with professional development ideas to help your teaching staff keep their skills current and relevant. Use these ideas in your regular professional development sessions or just pass them on to your teachers to use as they see fit.

What Makes a Good Teacher?

The focus of much of the professional development and training that we do with our teachers is on methodology, techniques and activities. There is nothing wrong with this. We need to provide our teachers with new ideas to keep their classroom activities fresh and relevant. However, once in a while it is a good idea to take our teachers back to the basics...

Reflection and Self-Assessment

Our teachers often think they are following what they know to be good practice, but upon reflection and self-assessment many of them may find that they are actually breaking their own rules for good teaching.

One rule in particular often gets broken without teachers realizing it: minimizing teacher talking time and maximizing student talking time. Having your teachers reflect and self-assess is one way to keep them on track. Here are a few ways to get your teachers started...

Encourage Your Teachers to Take a Language Course

To help your teachers remember what it feels like to struggle with a new language encourage them to take a language course. They can experience the awkwardness and frustration of trying to communicate using an unfamiliar language first hand. This experience will open their eyes to what it's like for their students and will serve to improve their teaching by increasing their awareness and sensitivity...