Friday, 28 November 2014

New Delhi: To stimulate continuous and lifelong professional development in English language learning and teaching, British Council today announces the launch of their new publication, Innovations in Continuing Professional Development of English Language Teachers. The book is edited by David Hayes and will be launched by Prof. Santosh Panda, Chairperson, National Council of Teacher Education at the British Council in New Delhi. 

This is the first time one of British Council’s global publications is being launched simultaneously in London and Delhi. 

The launch is part of British Council’s Schools’ Week – a series of events around the different British Council programmes and activities pertaining to schools. The event will also available to watch live online from around the world, on the British Council Seminars YouTube channel

The publication offers global perspectives on the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of English language teachers across a range of levels — sector-wide, institutional and personal. The chapters are grounded in practice and supported by theory, offering examples of innovations that have been tried and tested and illustrate the vibrancy of English language teacher development worldwide. The papers cover a wide range of geographical areas and educational contexts that will interest anyone involved in the continuing professional development of English language teachers wishing to reflect on and refresh their practice. 

Teaching is a learning profession and like any other professionals teachers are expected to be life-long learners. The book reflects the nature of teacher development as a lifelong experience extending from initial training to throughout the whole career, and represents the wide range of needs and contexts to which continuing professional development programmes respond. There is valuable information about how continuing professional development programmes are designed and how they impact on the different stakeholders involved.

British Council spokespersons Rob Lynes, Director India, and Alison Barrett, Director, English for Education Systems, South Asia, will be present here along with prominent personalities like Amol Padwad, Head, Department of English, J.M. Patel College, Bhandara and Prof. Rama Mathew, Faculty of Education, Delhi University, Delhi.

Mr Rob Lynes, British Council Director India says, ‘We are delighted to be publishing this volume and we look forward to engaging with ministry of education, school leaders, training organisations and teacher bodies in assisting their work in continuing professional development, in collaboration with the UK. This book has had very substantial inputs into its making from teachers and teacher educators from India. 

We hope it will provide valuable information for anyone concerned with CPD in their own contexts and offer a means to reflect on and refresh practice at all levels for the benefit of teachers and, in turn, their students. I would also like to thank David Hayes, the editor of this volume, and all those who have contributed the papers published here.”

The launch will be followed by an international panel discussion – ‘Can professional development change lives?’ with speakers from Delhi and London participating. There will be audience interaction from London, Delhi and global audiences watching live online, via the YouTube chat and via Twitter #ELTCPD. The book is also available free for download in e-reader and PDF versions here.

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide. 

The British Council has been teaching English for more than 75 years. We reach 100 million people in over 100 countries and support teachers and learners with comprehensive and innovative learning resources. As the world’s English experts we work with governments, institutions, teachers and learners to provide English language learning and teaching solutions that create life-changing opportunities for individuals and their future prosperity.

 In India we offer a full range of our English Language services by: 

  • working with policy makers and partners in teacher development projects
  • commissioning and promoting research and publications
  • organising workshops, seminars, debates and conferences
  • using a collaborative approach to Quality Assurance systems
  • carrying out consultancy and training for corporate clients
  • delivering services to learners through our teaching centres
  • delivering services to learners through digital and self-access resources
  • delivering examinations and working with partners on assessment.