This was a workshop delivered at 'The Janus Moment', BALEAP Biennial Conference (20 April 2013), together with colleagues from the Universities of Glasgow and Reading. We looked at ways of bringing alive the Competency Framework for EAP Teachers (CFTEAP) for teacher development.
Putting theory and research into practice is a challenge in any context. Doing it in a way that is transferable to a variety of contexts provides an even greater level of challenge. It could be argued that this situation applies to the Competency Framework for Teachers of English for Academic Purposes (CFTEAP), published in 2008.
After three years of development the framework has gone on to provide excellent guidance for the professional development of teachers, and those responsible for training them. However, there is further scope to make the framework a practical resource for both teachers and teacher trainers. This practical workshop will look at concrete examples of materials that enact certain CFTEAP criteria to help teachers demonstrate their knowledge and progress in EAP. It will also look at materials that can be used by teacher trainers in facilitating the development of others.
The first part of the workshop will take a hands-on look at materials produced to help teachers structure both their study of EAP and development as an EAP practitioner. The materials provide a framework within which teachers can develop their knowledge and skills in a staged and scaffolded way.
The second part will look at a set of materials that have been developed for use by teacher trainers to provide help and guidance to early career professionals.
Finally, reactions and comments will be gathered from the workshop participants in order to feed into the further development and completion of this resource.