It has been a great pleasure and enjoyment to go through IATEFL Interviews. They gave me a good perspective of trainers and educationalists concepts, ideas and efforts. It was also great to hear about the different projects held in different countries to improve and enhance ELT. Here are two interesting interviews I watched during the 2nd day of the conference.

Tim Phillips -  British Council Teacher Development

He had recently joined an International Panel Discussion on CPD in School Education Systems.

1.                 What are some areas of good practice for teachers that you agreed on?
            Professional Development need be sustainable. It needs to be a ‘rhythm’ a part of the teacher’s life. The teachers need ‘follow up’ after training to see how they have been doing and if anything needs adjustment. It is also important for teachers and trainers to reflect on their work every now and then and evaluate what they have been doing.

2.                 Should PD be Pre-planned or should we look backwards?
            Teachers initially need to get qualified, need to take responsibility of CPD   (Continuous Professional Development). They need to consider its effect on Learners. It is important as well to know about new teaching trends. They also need to know about their personal needs and interests to revive their teaching.

3.                 Do you have advice for School Leaders?
            Yes, they need to take responsibility as well of PD for their teachers. They need to have positive direction not just evaluate their teachers as there are no fixed qualities.

4.                 During the Discussions, did you have any kind of disagreements or any controversial discussions?
           PD for English Teachers in particular with introducing English teaching in the Primary stage. In some countries, they believe that children shouldn’t start learning a second language until they finish the first nine years of the Primary school. There were some disagreements about when should children start learning a second language especially the ability of the child to process the language. I am with the view of concentrating resources in the secondary or high school rather than losing them by having unqualified teachers in the primary stage which would put the teachers of the secondary stage in front of the effort to put those children back on track and start all over again.

     Then we can move here to Alan Maley who spoke about Creativity SIG and how they started it about 3 years ago. He spoke about the importance of Creativity in teaching and that it is innate in the children, it is only when institutional education gets in, they get more and more screwed up.

     He mentioned that C SIG cooperated with other organizations like Literature SIG, Global SIG, TEASIG, as well as having off site events with Lit. Media Study SIG last year, we kind of stimulated interest in some overseas institutions like Tesol Greece, Malta having the whole conference on Creativity.  

     He believes that Teachers have to start being Creative before asking students to be so. It is a shift of Mind Set.

     The C SIG prepared a brochure of about 40 Presentations on Creativity to be presented at Iatefl this year and published this book with British Council “Creativity in the Classroom”. You can find it on the British Council website. It is free.

What with the future with C SIG?
     More collaborative events, more publications, more networking among membes as more people are doing very creative things and do not tell anybody about it. Sharing them is one of the key things on the website.  


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