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  • 1. Join us at,,or on Twitter at @beltabelgium.
  • 2. Professional Development for Now and the Future A Guide to 2013 Vicky Loras BELTA Belgium Webinar February 17, 2013
  • 3.  Professional development refers to skills and knowledge attained for both personal development and career advancement. (Retrieved from: (Image taken from: Development – What is it?
  • 4. ● You want to do it for your personal learning.- Learn new methods and techniques to use in class.- Be motivated as it can also motivate the students!● Your career can further, leading to manyopportunities.- Better working positions- Better pay- Explore new positionsProfessional Development – Why?
  • 5. Conferences – Workshops – Swapshops● Find local and/or international events● Listen to great talks● Get ideas● Suggest ideas!● Talk with other educators(Photo by Tyson Seburn – Tyson,Eva Buyuksimkesyan, FionaMauchline, Steve Muir & myself atTESOL France) a comprehensive list of ELT Events, findthe ELT Calendar on Tyson’s blog Development – How?
  • 6. Discussion Groups / Feedback Sessions● Get together with other teachers from work orfriends● Choose a topic● Discuss and find ways to implement what you havelearned● Take notes / Make a newsletter!You can have meetings over coffee (photo byChiew Pang,from Development – How?
  • 7. Mentoring Help out : (photo by Josette LeBlanc , from● A new colleague● A colleague with a problem● A fellow educator in need of new ideasAfter their lessons, have feedback sessions withthem, for you both to reflect on.Professional Development – How?
  • 8. Observe and Be Observed● Observation: intimidating? - Learning!● Ask a colleague, then your school for permission (photo by James Taylor , from A learning experience, either way – a bridge between observer and observedProfessional Development – How?
  • 9. Journals and Magazines● So many on offer (online or paper versions)Teaching associations each have one – usuallyoffered with membership● Read and get ideas!● Think critically● Share your ideas – write!A list by Victor Hugor Rojas in Peru: (Snapshot from ETAS Journal, Article written by Yitzha Sarwono)Professional Development – How?
  • 10. Isolation ● No supportive colleagues ● Distances ● Different schedules ● You are a freelancer ● You are unemployed/underemployed(Image from: might be someone waiting for you...In Australia! Ecuador! Russia! Belgium!Professional Development – How?
  • 11. Twitter A truly fantastic way to build a community of educators everywhereYou can:● Start with Barbara Sakamoto’s Starter PLN List● Find links to articles, blog posts, tools● Join weekly chats - #ELTChat Development – How?
  • 12. Another amazing communityHere you can find:● Educators everywhere● Pages (you like them and get updates)● Groups (by country, topic)● More visual (photos, spreadouts of articles)and no word limitProfessional Development – How?
  • 13. BlogsOnline journals by educators, for educators● Follow● Read● Write! (Image taken from: great list of ELT blogs, by Chiew Pang: Development – How?
  • 14. Contact Information:● E-mail:● Twitter: @vickyloras● Facebook: vicky.loras● Skype: vicky.loras● Blog: http://vickyloras.wordpress.comThank you so much, BELTA & educators!
  • 15. Join us at,,or on Twitter at @beltabelgium.